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Pros: It' been over 6 months since I got the new card (Newegg customer support is AWESOME! Real stand up folks to put up with me. Thanks guys!). It had the very same issue (random, fluctuating black screen) only much less severe. The last time I experienced the issue was about 2 months ago (knock on wood). The card this far has performed wonderfully. It plays all the latest games beautifully and with ease. The card is VERY quiet and I have NEVER seen go above 63C with fans at 44% (the room gets 90F+ these summer days).
Cons: Gigabyte tech support. Don't let ANY of their responses to these comments fool you. Their tech support (which I have never contacted any tech support as long as I have been building my own computers) is a joke and it is something that the company should feel ashamed of. As I stated in previous my comment, I have used many Gigabyte products for years without ANY issues. But finally, the day came and they were useless. They had no insight to fix my issue other than to return the product. They asked if I had tried a different cable, I had. A DVI or VGA instead of an HDMI, I had. If I had tried on a different monitor, I had. If I had the latest drivers, I had. If I had downloaded their BIOS tool to see if I had their latest BIOS, I had. And the rest of the usual questions only to then say 'return it to where you purchased the card, or send it to us to fix it.' If you are tech savvy, even remotely, or can search the web and read forums - you are better off doing so than contacting Gigabyte tech support. The nice folks at UPS were more helpful. I had a lot of faith in Gigabyte and their products for many years; I will NEVER buy Gigabyte again as the people they hire to fix issues, only tell you the same thing any forums will. Their lack of more than basic tech knowledge was very disappointing. For that, I give 2 Eggs... and recommend EVGA or MSI.
Other Thoughts: Even Gigabyte's OC Guru is terrible - MSI Afterbuner FTW.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: When it performs, performs like a beast. Stays very very cool and is quiet.
Cons: Was experiencing black screen at random times. Took me a week to exclude every software/hardware problem I could think of, to find out the card has a bad HDMI port. Gigabyte put this monster together and slacked at something as simple as an HDMI port. Gigabyte tech support is a total joke! Contacted them several times just to be hurried off the phone, asked questions I already answered, and none of people I spoke with did any real troubleshooting to resolve my problem. All I was told was to download the Gigabyte VGA @bios and see if I had the latest bios, after I told them I did and I had the latest bios, their tech advice was to return it - and that was all. Found out on my own it was a bad HDMI port after buying 2 new cables and trying on several monitors. Only time I didn't get black screen is if I used my DVI. $400 for a headache and a hassle. I have bought gigabyte products for years, LOVE their motherboards. They really let me down on this one, and their tech support definatly made me lose a lot of respect for the brand.
Other Thoughts: I will write another review once the new card comes in. Really wish Newegg would advance RMA these products!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I am super late writing a review on this card but only feel I should because it was an awesome card while I had it. In the over two years I was using it, using it VERY heavily I might add, it never failed or fussed with me. Played all the games I wanted it to. It will not play the newest games (battlefield 3, medal of honor warfigher) at highest settings very well at all. BF3 on ultra averaged about 28fps, but was great on low settings.
Cons: Card runs a little hot even for cards back then, but with manual fan control its not an issue. I also bought the card for 259.99, and literally a week later its reduces in price to 189.99. Not the first time newegg had done this to me, and definatly wasn't the last - really hate it when newegg does this.READ FULL REVIEW