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Pros: Its simply just awesome, plays every tripple A game I own at ultra and rocks it, I want another just to SLI it to over kill games to a ridiculous level of sillyness (such as 4-5k).
Cons: had to purchase backing plate seperatly
Other Thoughts: I overclocked it for a day and it overclocked like a champ! but there was no real need to do so, so I just run it at stock settings and it doesnt make any noticeable difference in the least on my 1ms 144hz monitor!
temps are very reasonable and power consumption is acceptably low noise is non existant, not necessary to SLI or Xfire with multiple cards... just buy this one and be very happy for years to come!
NVidea is where it is at... AMD is cheap but, heavy on power consumption, and youll need to upgrade 1-2 years after purchasing top-o-the-line products and in my opinion 2-5 years behind!
team GREEN and BLUE is certainly the way to go!
Cons: Its white, fans are noisy, no backing plate, feels and looks CHEAP. performance increase from r9 280 isnt even enough to warrent making this card
Other Thoughts: Ive had to RMA every one of my 4 Msi R9 280x twin frozer GPU's over the last 2 years... due to bad fans and artifacting, I only game with xfire... now I lose 1 xfire system because MSI cannot repair or replace the 280X's even though there is over 14 months of warrenty time remaining on all my cards, so they offered me a r9 380 as a replacement, I agreed(after they sent me a broken card as a replacement for my original 280x) ; (wish I haddent) because they've sent me a CHEAP white 380 whith horrible ARMOR 2X fans instead of the twin frozer version I sent in and like.... and would expect they'd send me the same.
With all the RMA's and wasted time (they even sent me a broken card during this RMA cause they couldnt find a replacement and "hoped" it would work for me) and now the loss of a xfire system due to their inability to fix or replace the original 280x cards I would have at least expected them to replace a twin frozer card with at least a twin frozer card not this ARMOR 2x....JUNK.
Ive planned the asthetics carefully and now it looks like a pile of junk GPU sitting on a high end build... Im gonna sell it to just get rid of it.
If you want a good reliable product with better RMA and customer service go EVGA!
I regret ever straying away from EVGA
Goodbye MSI, motherboards only... My friends and I are done with your horrible GPU's
This review is from: EVGA GTX 980 Backplate Model 100-BP-2981-B9
Pros: Fits as it should (installed on EVGA 04G-P4-2983-KR GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked ACX 2.0)
Screws were included (inside a little bag in the bubblewrap)
very easy to install.
Cons: There are two additional protective plastic sleeves on the underside of the card; one under the "V" and one under the "GA".
These are to be kept in place (instructions dont explain this at all and may lead to people removing them) to protect the electrical components from contacting the backing plate and shorting out.
On my card two soldered connections are a hairs breath away from contacting this protective plastic sleeve, showing the importance of leaving them in place, however; leaves me worrying one day it may short out.
The plastic sleeves are visable after installation, and looks unpleasing in an open build, seems like an after thought.
Other Thoughts: Not sure why they claim these will reduce heat by up to 3 degrees since there is no heat dissipating aspect to them however it is clear that even with all the breathing holes heat will be trapped under and in the backplate itself , on a single card my temps raised by 1 deg and in SLI the temps rose by 3 deg on the top card and 1 deg on the lower card.
not a big deal, i didnt buy them to lower temps as these cards do not have any temp issues but not what was advertised