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Pros: Great temps thanks to HIS' always impressive coolers.
One of the best GPUs for performance per price and wattage.
Packaged very nicely with cut-to-shape foam.
Fairly quiet most of the time.
Other Thoughts: This is the third HIS GPU that I've ever owned, personally. I've put some in clients' computers, though. All three of the ones I've owned, none have ever had any issues. They've all worked flawlessly and they all stay amazingly cool, then when overclocked.
My previous two HIS GPUs were given away whenever I upgraded them. The first lasted at least five years and the second lasted at least 3 years. To my knowledge, they're both still working to this day, though probably have been replaced for an upgrade by now.
HIS makes some of the best coolers I've seen in GPUs. Under a 15 minute stress test with FurMark, this card gave me a max temp of only 63 degrees. And that's with the fan never going over 33%, also!
I haven't yet done so with this card, but both of my previous HIS cards overclocked very well and at very good temperatures. One of them gave me a 23% overclock with stock volts. Pretty decent. HIS also uses solid state capacitors, so they're nice and durable.
All in all, if you're looking for the best bang for your buck or wattage, you can't go wrong with this card!
Pros: Great performance.
It's AMD! Sorry, just not an intel fan.
Cons: Hot, hot, hot...
Other Thoughts: As for performance, it's a great processor. But, man, this thing gets HOT! I was amazed at how inadequate the stock cooler that came with it was. Even when using Artic Silver 5, it just couldn't do the job. I had trouble keeping this thing from locking up during linpack stress testing at stock settings.
Then, I finally got an aftermarket cooler. I didn't feel I really should've had to, but with the low-performance of the stock cooler, it was just a necessity. When running linpack at stock settings with stock cooler, I'd hit 75c within 2 minutes, well over AMD's recommended max operating temp of 62c. I installed a CoolerMaster TX3, overclocked this CPU to 3.8 while keeping stock voltage, and this thing maxes out at 59c after half an hour. That gives you an idea at how the stock cooler performs. It performs like a one-armed man juggling chainsaws...
I LOVE this CPU, but if/when you buy it, save yourself some time and get an aftermarket cooler, even if you don't intend to overclock. Even at stock clocks/volts, the cooler that comes with it is just inadequate.
Pros: Great performance for the price.
Overclocks fairly well.
Runs nice and cool.
Handles most modern games just fine.
Cons: None that I can complain about for the price of this GPU.
Other Thoughts: When I bought this GPU, I expected to be able to handle Far Cry 3 and Battlefield 3 at low to medium settings. To my surprise, I can play each on max! With Battlefield 3 on max settings with lowest levels of AA (Just a personal preference, as the improvement as you go higher gives diminishing returns) I get a steady 30 FPS. With Far Cry 3 at max settings with lowest level of AA, I get 20 FPS. A lot of people will complain that's too low, but you have to understand that with motion blur, which both games have, 20 FPS feels like 40 FPS and 30 FPS feels like 60 FPS. So, both games are completely playable at max settings.
Overclocking. I did manage to overclock this thing, but it's a little picky because of the locks the manufacturer put into the GPU's bios. I used MSI AfterBurner to raise this limit and then used AMD Overdrive to overclock it. I managed to get a stable overclock of 800 Mhz core clock and 850 Mhz on the memory. Please be careful overclocking this! It's not an amazing GPU. And if you don't want to risk burning out your GPU for a 10-15% performance boost, then just don't do it! It works just fine at stock, anyways.
All in all, unless you light your cigars with $100 bills, this is an awesome GPU. Of course, if you have a stack of money in your closet and just don't care about price, go buy something much better!
Display Name: Chris M.
Date Joined: 11/26/06
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