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Pros: Nice Retail Packaging, everything's there.
Not so big as many of the SC or OC versions.
Cool & Quiet, in fact the coolest component in my PC.
Not a power hog, therefore less heat, runs at less than 30C on my PC.
MSI=Quality. Have a notebook of the brand & this is the 2nd GPU, I cannot stress enough how great MSI quality control is.
4 Monitor support
Cons: Not a SC or OC card, yet I knew that at purchase.
Though for those who wants to OC, the software is on the CD in the package.
Other Thoughts: My first intentions was on purchasing from Newegg one of the NVIDIA 750 Ti variants, and looked on the Dell site & seen that the GTX 960 was added the the approved list for the XPS 8700.
That changed things for the better, as PassMark scores are almost double that for a 750 Ti & triple of that of the MSI R7770, which I purchased at Newegg last year. Which proved to be a great brand, as MSI is quality.
The GTX 960 is a great alternative or 'sweet spot' for those who cannot afford (including an upgraded PSU) for a GTX 970 or 980, yet doesn't want a budget card that will be easily pushed beyond it's limits.
Plus being a little larger, it's not strained like the smaller cards, therefore running cooler.
Note that I didn't purchase this card for gaming, rather to run virtual machines & have lots of graphic power to lend.
This is an upgrade that should serve me for years to come.
Pros: Great Video Quality.
Overclocked out of the Box.
Runs Cool, even after 10+ hours of use.
Great Bargain at the Time.
WEI score has increased from initial install from 7.4 to 7.5 with only AMD Catalyst drivers installed!
Cons: Wished the NVIDIA cards of today were out then!
One other, and it may be my monitor, audio doesn't always kick in when using DisplayPort (requiring a reboot), though it's 'supposed' to be a greater standard. I should have listened to my friends, and purchased a monitor with two HDMI ports. We live & learn.
Other Thoughts: This is a follow-up review of my initial purchase on 02/03/2014.
Card has exceeded what I expected for the price, still runs very cool, my PC runs for hours every day, sometimes 10+ hours between reboots. Very quiet, the only time it makes a little noise is during diagnostic testing. The heat will rise a bit (about 50C), then drop right back to the low 30's after graphic test is complete.
MSI is a really good brand of products, also have one of their notebooks, purchased here at Newegg, and have had no issues with either.
When I upgrade to a NVIDIA card in the not too distant future, I'll be sure to get an MSI one, as Quality is in their DNA. This one can easily be used on a spare PC. It won't be in storage long.
For a 1st time GPU upgrade, this has been an excellent card. It's installed on a Dell XPS 8700.
Pros: Very sturdy cable with extra thick insulation.
Other Thoughts: Bought this to extend my keyboard cable, it was too short, and would pull on my PSU's cord. This did the trick, now have plenty of room, the extender cable is actually 2x thicker than the keyboard one.
Now I can use the computer w/out pulling on the power cord.
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