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Pros: - Very fast and beastly card
- Runs quite cool even when under load
- Overclocking is easy and reliable
- Haven't had any issues with it until recently ( see cons )
- Tackles BF3 on ultra, all CODs, everything I've thrown at it, plus more.
Cons: - Processing power on Kepler isn't too great
- RMA / Warranty from Gigabyte has been a bad experience ( see other thoughts )
- Heavy, so you might experience some bending
Other Thoughts: Not surprised at all by the bending to be honest, you're getting a nice big card, so it's expected. I haven't had a good time with Gigabyte's RMA/Warranty service however. Haven't had a single problem with this card, nor the Gigabyte motherboard, and all of a sudden a small problem ensues, the card stops displaying a signal to the monitor. Everything else works ( the fans, the whole rig, but no monitor display ), so it had to be something with the card. Took out the card, and onboard graphics are fine, so I figured I've got 3 years to get this thing repaired if anything goes wrong, let's get it taken care of. I work in retail as a repair specialist, so I am aware of what MFG warranties cover and what they do not, and this was not a case of customer abuse or anything of the sort. The card just went out sadly. So I get it sent, I have to pay for the shipping ( -1 point ), and it takes them about 4-5 days to process the RMA just for it to be not accepted ( -1 point ) and have it sent back hopefully. I was not even given any information as to why it was not accepted, just a simple note on the RMA page saying "if you have questions, contact us," and given the circumstances, yeah, it's a bit of a problem so questions are everywhere. I sent an email, still heard nothing back, and I'm thinking at this point, customer service from Gigabyte is a joke. I've also read about their "tech support specialists" give the general step 1 troubleshooting "make sure it's plugged in" "have you connected everything right" "are the power cables in the right spots" etc. Overall, the card itself is great, but when something goes wrong, don't expect it to be taken care of apparently.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Handles practically any new game with ease on max or near max settings
- Does not get NEARLY as hot as the ref design
- Very quiet, even with the fans cranked up
- OC software from EVGA makes this card even more so of a beast
- Fits in easily and compatible with most cases
Cons: - Very big, might not fit in smaller case than mid-tower without cutting
- PCB bends down a bit from the weight
- Experiencing texture glitches and errors after only having it about 5 months and being VERY generous to it. After paying $410 for a graphics card, I expected it to last for about a good 4 years or so. My 9800GT is seeming to outlive this card.
Other Thoughts: Very disappointed in the failing after consulting with members of forums about the texture glitches. Drivers were reinstalled, heat wasn't an issue, may have to do with the PCB bending, or just a faulty card. Hoping to not RMA, as I've seen it takes WEEKS to receive the product back. If that is the case, I will be giving a negative review about the RMA and if it is not fixed or replaced, I will never do business with NewEgg/Gigabyte again.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Amazing board! My very first build ever, and had a neighbor that wanted to see my build that has been doing the same thing for about 7 years now and even said this was a very nice board. BIOS is extremely easy to navigate in and came shipped with Rev. 1.1 @ F15. Easy to overclock as it's just go into BIOS, click the CPU, and drag the sliders where you want them, then save & exit. How much simpler can it get? The board also comes with a vast amount of tweaks and software to get the most of itself. I am very happy with this board and will definitely buy another one when building a 2nd computer later!
Cons: I agree with another reviewer that the PCI-E slot is a little close to the CPU and large coolers, like the Hyper 212 Plus/EVO will definitely constrict you, as well as the RAM slot #1.
Other Thoughts: I wasn't sure whether or not to get this board after seeing a 50/50 success or so, but I am very glad I did. Gigabyte has done a very good job on this board, and it's very affordable for it's intense design and work put in. Highly reccomended motherboard for a first time builder!!READ FULL REVIEW