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Pros: Very good performance in many multimedia applications.
"Future Proofing" with 4GB of VRAM
Performance to power consumption is very good.
PCIe 3.0 support.
Overall an amazing card.
Cons: The heatsink on the card actually extends about 2 inches past the PCB of the card so if you have a smaller case this might be an issue, but then why are you buying this card.
The rubber they use to keep the Backplate from touching the PCB leaks an oil upon getting hot. I'm not sure if this is dangerous but was quite surprised when I removed the plate to see the rubber there.
Not necessarily a con but most 32bit games can't even use all of your VRAM*.
Other Thoughts: *I went from SLI GTX 460 1GB 256bit to this card and I have to say that SLI has a few problems. I wanted to get away from it and bought this card. Texture sizes in many modded games(ie, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Crysis, Crysis 2, MaldoHD3.0) all exceeded my VRAM capacity and my system suffered from performance hits when I used my 460s because they lacked enough allocatable space to have the textures for the game on the buffer. But another problem has presented itself, VRAM allocation by the operating system.
Windows can only allocate 3.75GB of RAM to any 32bit application at once, this presents an issue. The RAM is shared in the allocation space so that means if the game is using up 1GB of RAM then only 2.5GB of VRAM is allocatable. So in games like Crysis 2 MaldoHD3.0 many textures were missing because Crysis 2 was using so much allocated space that it exceeded what windows could allocate and stopped some textures from being put on the buffer thus making the texture not appear. This is only a problem in games that are 32bit and require more than 3.75GB of RAM/VRAM.
It's an interesting concept but 64 bit programs are supposably the future, and with consoles slugging down the industry at large the only real games to use as benchmarks that are actually fun have been Crysis. Don't get me wrong but Metro 2033 just rubbed me the wrong way. I'm not here to review the games in question but it's merely attempting to present use of the 4GB of VRAM that this card has to offer in a passive way.
This review is from: Barska 8x30 WP Crossover Fully Multi-Coated Binocular in Pink Finish
Pros: Blends in so well I have no problems being hidden while using these.
Cons: Sometimes I can't find the binoculars in my completely pink kitchen, but that is hardly a khan.
Other Thoughts: Surprised by how old William Shatner is.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Xbox 360 Game
Pros: Fun and very replayable with Co-op and challenges. Being stealthy feels very rewarding.
Cons: This iteration seems to focus more on gunplay than stealth. Competitive multiplayer is obscured in this release, the Mercenaries versus Spies has been removed and replaced with more Cooperative options.
Other Thoughts: Would like to see Mercenaries versus Spies return in the next iteration.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Miles J.
Date Joined: 05/03/10
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