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Pros: 1. I don't know how the OC'ing works on this card, but I will tell you no matter if I have GPUTweakII or MSI Afterburner running, while playing a game, this card goes to 2000+ MHz on the GPU Clock by itself, clicking the OC Mode button in GPUTweakII which is supposed to bring the boost clock to 1860 MHz only reads as boost clock 1841 MHz in GPU-Z, however, when you play the game it just jumps to 2000+ MHz and there's no problem! Clicking OC Mode over Gaming Mode just makes it run even higher above 2000 MHz.
2. It's running below 60C at all times, no matter if I choose OC Mode or Gaming Mode, I live in Phoenix, AZ and the house is kept around 79 degrees.
3. The manufacturing quality, look and feel of this card is of a premium standard.
4. Only takes ONE 8-pin power connection and is boosting above 2000 MHz out of the box.
5. The lighting effects on the card are cool.
6. Auto-Extreme Technology used during manufacturing, it's built by a machine rather than a human, less likelyhood of an error during manufacturing and supposedly allowing for higher clock speeds which I'm seeing out of the box.
7. Premium parts, capacitors and chokes are supposed to be of higher quality to last longer.
8. 20% Cooler DrMOS Decreases temperature and increases power efficiency.
9. POSCAP Maximize overclocking headroom.
10. 2 HDMI ports, I guess this is good for VR setup or something from what I've read the Vive VR headset works best with cards that have 2 HDMI ports.
11. Games are running on Ultra settings, like Doom and I'm getting well above 60fps at 2560x1600. That's mostly what I'm playing now on a 60Hz monitor, so I'm using adaptive vsync and getting 60fps at all times. GTA 5 seems to run well maxed out as well.
Cons: Knocking 1 egg off due to what appear to be bugs with the Asus specific software or possibly firmware?
1. Like I said GPUTweakII, clicking the OC Mode and it's only showing a boost frequency of 1841MHz in GPU-Z. Specs say it's supposed to say 1860 MHz, so I've opened a case with ASUS to ask what's up with that. But like I said, not really a big deal because the card just blows past that anyways and runs at 2000+MHz by default.
2. Card is huge, make sure you have a big case, I have a HAF-X so no problems here.
3. AURA app that controls the lighting effects on the card seems to BLUE SCREEN my windows upon boot, getting random blue screens like "SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE" and others. I uninstalled the software, but it would be nice to be able to use it so I can control the lighting. It has a nice feature where you can set the card to go from Green to Red depending on the temperature of the card. That would be awesome to watch during gaming. I've opened a case with ASUS on this as well, waiting for a response. If I reboot a couple times, it will eventually load windows. Maybe I might try loading the app, but just preventing it from loading upon startup of Windows and only launch it when I'm fully up and running.
4. I'm not sure if this is a con, but the lack of a 2nd power connector for a card that's running a fairly high overclock? But maybe due to the manufacturing process ASUS doesn't need one and other cards only have one because they're manufactured with lower quality parts? I'm not sure, but mine seems to be running fine.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this from Jet.com, but it was fulfilled by Newegg, but I do own the card.READ FULL REVIEW