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EVGA 03G-P3-1588-RX GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looks unique. Stays cool; 27 C idle and 57 C load (I re-pasted the GPU with MX-4). Cheap considering that it can take on a GTX 660ti and, when easily overclocked, a GTX 670 and 760. Tested this out myself.

Card is refurbished but the one I received looks brand new. No dust or blemishes.

Cons: I made a custom fan curve in EVGA Precision X so my card runs cooler because I upped the fan. That said, this card is quite loud. Doesn't bother me but keep that in mind if it does.

Other Thoughts: Bought the backplate from EVGA and this card looks phenomenal.

Card uses more power and creates more noise/heat but if you are looking at a GTX 670 or 760, get this card instead (when it's in stock).

EVGA 04G-P4-2690-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best overall dual-gpu-card opton for an m-itx system 11/19/2013

This review is from: EVGA 04G-P4-2690-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: * Still one of the fastest single pcb gpus on the market
* Have had this card for over a year and it has never had any drivers issues or hiccups within games
* Runs reletively cool: 29 to 30 C during idle (both gpus) and 76 to 80 C during full load (unigine heaven 4.0 loop)
* Card only has 2 GB of memory per GPU but I have never run out of it. I run Skyrim with mods at 2560x1440p and the memory is enough.

Cons: * Surprised it's still 1k but I guess it still beats out a new GTX 780 ti in most games (pretty impresive considering it came out April 29th, 2012)
* It's dual gpu which some may claim as a drawback... I've personally never had a sli driver issue on any game (I buy most if not all of the AAA RPGs, FPSs, Racers)

Other Thoughts: I bought my 690 a day after it was released and I can honestly say that 1k was a lot but I feel I got my money's worth out of it. Played many, many games on it on a 2560x1440p monitor and the 690 has always pulled through on absolute max settings or almost max settings.

I felt this card finally deserved a well tested, 5-star review from me but... I would not recommed anyone to by this card anymore. It is over a year old and 1k may have been justifiable a year ago but not now with the possibility of a dual gpu 700 series card in the near future.

Keep in mind all of my review is based on the fact that I have a m-itx system and this is the best solution (7990 is too large and hot), otherwise getting two 780s or 770s would be a better buy.

Intel Core i7-3740QM Ivy Bridge 2.7GHz 6MB L3 Cache 45W Quad-Core Mobile Processor Model BX80638I73740QM
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Boosted all CPU intensive games by up to 20 FPS; games like crysis 3, far cry 3, and gta IV. Did exactly what I wanted it too. Switched it in from a 3210m.

Cons: Very expensive when compared to its desktop counterparts.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded to this processor mainly because of the very apparent bottleneck the 3210m had on the gtx 660m during CPU intensive games. Using MSI Afterburner, I could see that I would have low FPS with only 50ish % usage of the GPU. After upgrading to this processor, my gtx 660m always runs at 98 to 99% usage.


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Display Name: Philip R.

Date Joined: 12/18/10

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  • First Review: 04/13/11
  • Last Review: 09/11/14
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