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Pros: Plays any game on max detail at +45fps.
Feels solid, well wrapped and protected.
Came with 2x6pin to 8 pin adapter, 2x4pin(molex) to 6 pin adapter, and a dvi to vga adapter.
Improved ACX 2.0+ with a free backplate.
Fans are more durable/longer lasting than competitors.
Price to performance.
EVGA quality, warranty, and customer service.
Cons: My free copy of batman wasn't released at the time of purchase. I had my hopes up until I clicked that download link. Fooled me Nvidia.. oh did you fool me.
Other Thoughts: Replaced MSI GTX 560Ti Twin Frozer II. Fan blades feel thicker, the bearing type are more durable, the card feels more solid even though its a tiny bit longer. Mosfet and Vram cooling is an advantage over competitors especially with the backplate which also works as a partial heat sink. Keeps the board straight and looks pretty cool.
Performance vs the gtx 560ti is huge. I went from 3000 firestrike to 8800 stock using an i7 920. I did notice a slight bottleneck on benchmarks. Firestrike went from 8800 to 9600 score on 2.66ghz vs 3.4ghz. The card overclocked +150 core +200 mem on stock voltage which put me over 10k score and didn't go over 69c due to custom fan profile.
The fans don't kick on until 60c and can get loud at high speeds.
The 4gb of vram is actually 3.5 + 512mb of slower memory. This can lower performance on higher resolutions. On 1080p max detail I have not found anything that uses over 2.1gb of vram.
The card is a little long, almost touches my hard drive cage.
When it came to quality, heatsinks, backplate, price, overclocking and stock speeds, EVGA has the best 970.
Pros: It's dead so I no longer have to deal with MSI
Cons: Runs hot
Fans are loud
Fans are cheap
Horrible customer service
MSI doesn't sell or have fans to sell
Warranty is worthless since they only send you back a refurbished card that has unknown hours or overclocking
Other Thoughts: I had this card for 4 years and what a nightmare. First, the fans made noise within a year. I cleaned them out often since it would get pretty hot with a little dust on the heatsink. +80c
I contacted MSI which told me I'd have to send the card in and get someone else's used card instead of my own. I then asked if I could order the fans, they said no, and then told me their warehouse was out of stock.
So, I bought some fans, and put them on myself. Ran them 100%. Temps were ok, nothing above 80-85. One day I boot my pc, black screen. Put in another video card, works fine.
Device manager shows error 43. My card is dying and never got to 90c.
But here I am. Never overclocked. Couldn't get the fans replaced or warranty honored. Now my card is dead.
Never again MSI. I will buy a rock or wooden pc before I ever give MSI another penny.
Pros: Quiet at low rpm
Performance/price it was a decent value at it's time.
Plays most games on medium-max settings
Cons: This is where MSI ruins the card. The fans are cheap. They rattle and start to make tons of noise early on. I contacted MSI within warranty. MSI explained I had to pay shipping one way and in return someone else's refurbished card. I never overclocked and wanted mine, impossible. I asked to buy the fans, impossible. I bought some from frozencpu and installed them. Finally the card started to get warmer and warmer. 80c up to 90c. It was running high 80s when all of a sudden.. device manager error 43. reinstalled drivers, windows, tried new card. its this MSI military spec, didn't get to 99c like they say. Cheap fans. Poor customer service and warranty. No parts for sale.
Fail fail fail MSI. I bought a lot of your products. Now I know your warranty is worthless and your products are built cheap.
Other Thoughts: I never overclocked. I didn't need to at the time of purchase and by the time I wanted to, the fans died. Now I'm probably within 3 years but voided warranty and without a card.
I should have bought an EVGA or XFX.