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Pros: Very nice specs, no issues like the 760 I had...good card. Happy so long as it doesn't do what the 760 did...which was red lines and artifcacting like crazy...but sure that was a bad GPU.
Cons: Does NOT FIT Cooler Master HAF case....BUT...and I'll try to upload a video to show how to fix this...IT CAN BE MODDED without ANY traditional modification leaving your warranty intact!!!!!
The problem is the cheap plastic "brace" these cards use. Since the HAF case uses the clip lock down instead of a screw, it needs the back part of the bracket on the video card, or any other expansion card as part of the lock down.
The plastic brace BLOCKS the case lock down from engaging!!!!
Fortunately, there are two small Philips screws attaching the plastic brace to the video card that you can remove and they are accessible from the outside once the card is installed. This is important because I think it is a problem to leave this brace unsecured, therefore since they can be re-installed this mod should NOT affect the card adversely!
If you have this card and case, it is obvious why it won't lock down, but fixing it is not. Once you remove these two screws it will lock down, and they can be re-attached once the card is re-installed. Tighten till snug!!!! These threads on the plastic side ARE PLASTIC...and will be easily stripped! So do not over tighten!
Good card with an easy fix and if you are mechanically inclined enough to effect this mod, I see no reason not to buy this card.
MSI, should send me a free 770 for this info so I can SLI these cards! As well as this is a fix for the 760 as well as any other MSI card using this bracing!
Other Thoughts: If you have a HAF case like I do, you most likely know computers. You shouldn't have a problem with any stock product fitting into your case.
MSI, shouldn't tell you, you are wrong when you say it doesn't fit, assuming you are an idiot! (it fit, it just sat there dangling from the MoBO connection, so it DID NOT FIT as intended), instead, they should manufacturer a proper product!
Also, I know for a fact they never installed this in a Cooler Master Haf case or they would not tell me it fit!!!
I'll try to make a video ASAP, but I run a business so time is limited! Hopefully, my written explanation was good enough so most can understand!
Pros: So I got this CPU to upgrade my wife's system, which is in our living room and we use it to Stream some stuff...Netflix, Vudu etc...to our HD TV...we couldn't use the wireless portion of our setup to watch anything because it was all so choppy. Wired it worked fine with an old ATI 1950 pro...
Un-watchable other wise. So, I put my old ATI 5830 in her machine, and new MoBo to support this CPU...and streaming wireless is flawless...it's amazing!
The moral of the story...your whole system effects performance of everything!
Cons: Haven't experienced any cons....so far.
Other Thoughts: I've heard and read a lot about there is no use or need for 8 cores, and Intel, is "so much better than AMD"...like Clint Eastwood said, "Opinions are like A-Holes, everyone has one and everyone thinks everyone else's stinks"...
Read reviews and make up your own mind...use some good common sense when you read them, and you can make a very informed decision! Too bad if the Intel "Fan Boys" don't like it!
Cons: Trying to think how to make this short....had two 5830's in Crossfire...so this review is about Gigabyte's backing their cards...fan stopped on one, ruined the card because it over heated...RMA'd it...told the GPU was bad...they replaced the fan and sent the bad card back to me. Consequently, I have fired them from ALL future business! Card stopped working very shortly after!
I have a Sapphire 1950 Pro which still works perfect! Sapphire is a much better company Imo!
I emailed Gigabyte prior to them returning my damaged card, and told them I knew it was damaged and not to return the bad card, but they did anyway!
Other Thoughts: The only recourse the customer has now is our reviews, so be sure to write reviews when you can, and maybe it will force scum like Gigabyte to honor their warranties!READ FULL REVIEW