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Pros: GTX 460 performance, DX 11, Physx, etc, etc!
Cons: Only 768 megs memory
Other Thoughts: WOW.
Old card: Radeon HD 3850, Civ5 settings on Medium @ 1280x1024, 2xAA, and it was a little choppy, especially as the maps got bigger. And keep in mind, it was fine with Civ4, no problems, plus all my other (older games).
With THIS card, everything is on MAX settings in Civ5, 8xAA, and it’s smooth as butter moving around the screen! Also speeds up the gameplay as the animations are quicker!
I can’t believe what a difference it made. And for $120 less than a GTX 470 or 6870!
And that’s at STOCK 675mhz speeds! It came with an overclocking util you can use on the fly, and no “testing” needed to change the speed back and forth.
I put it at 800mhz and it made Civ 5 even faster, not that it was needed. I did notice the fan came on more and was louder, though. It defaults @ dynamic, meaning it only comes on when it gets hot. I read you can bump it up past 850, but why? I have no need. Currently I have it at 750 mhz (good power\perf balance) =o)
Pros: Cheap, fast, 4 cores
Cons: No L3 cache
Other Thoughts: What a great bang for the buck.
I upgraded from a Core 2 Duo E4300 OC'd to 2.5ghz, to this:
Athlon II X4 640 OC'd to 3.6Ghz.
Very stable @ ~1.45V on stock heatsink and fan. Can probably go higher but why? It's the video card holding me back now!
3DMark Vantage CPU score went from 4040 (Core 2 @ 2.5Ghz) to 11269 (X4 640 @ 3.6Ghz).
Paired the new CPU with an ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 motherboard with Sata 6gigs and USB 3.0 support.
Added one 4gig stick of Mushkin DDR3 1333Mhz memory.
Great upgrade, and not that expensive either.
This review is from: Proscan 32LB30QD 32" Black 720p LCD HDTV With Built-In DVD Player
Pros: Built-in DVD player.
Cons: Died after a week and a half. Have to get a refund :(.READ FULL REVIEW