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Pros: - Works as it should
- Overclocks well; max gpu clock of 1405
- Plays Assassin's Creed Syndicate near max (HBAO+ and High Shadows) from 55 to 60+ fps at 3440x1440
- All other past games at max or near max (Fallout 4, Crysis 3, Wolfenstein Old Blood, Shadow of Mordor, etc.)
- 12GB needed as some games have passed 6GB usage
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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).
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.