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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.
Pros: Retail packaging, no 'OEM' loose wrapped item.
Very fast speeds with any connected card to USB 3.0.
Cons: Runs hot if transferring a huge file or during speed testing of devices. The reason why I'm docking an egg.
Other Thoughts: Got this for faster transfers of my microSDHC Class 10 UHS-1 device, both Crystal Disk Benchmark & HD Tune reported the speeds as fast, with read speeds faster than advertised by the OEM.
As noted in 'Cons', the device runs hot if used to transfer a huge file or during speed testing. Haven't had the device long enough to know if this will lead to shorter life, however Transcend has been a good brand to me to date. And am sure they'll make it right if something goes wrong.
I'd like to use it to run a portable Linux on, but the heat concerns me, don't know if it'll heat up my motherboard or not.
Will likely use it for transferring files only. Nevertheless, it'll bring out the speeds of any connected SDHC or microSDHC cards. 90MB/sec reads on ADATA Class 10 UHS-1 card, that's 10MB/sec faster than advertised.
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