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Pros: -As strong as a stock 480 8GB
-Uses as much energy as a 1060
-It was available for sale for 30 min lol
Cons: -I do wish it would have cost $200
-Full overclocking support isn't out yet (Trixx/Afterburner with unlocked ranges and voltages)
Other Thoughts: I expected the 470 to be $150, and it would have been too if Nvidia was bringing real competition to the midrange. But unfortunately I woke up to see every model below $210 sell out in a matter of minutes. So I was forced to choose between this and the $210 470 4GB.
I almost chose the latter, but then I saw the clocks on the memory: 8000 MHz. People that is the same Samsung memory chips the 480 8GB uses (they easily overclock to 9000 MHz). Think about that for a second - this GPU has memory clocked 23% higher than stock (6500 MHz). As such it is worth EVERY penny.
Currently I have this clocked at 1335/8400 at STOCK voltage. I have used Bioshock Infinite, Unigine Valley, and Metro LL to check its performance. It is beating a reference 480 by 5% while using 10% less energy. In fact it matches a stock 1060 while using nearly the same energy (And costing 20% less for more VRAM).
After full overclocking tools come out I have no doubt this will be within 5% of the best overclocked (on air) 480's - all while costing 15% less. Very happy with my purchase...
P.S. The cooler itself is great as well. I use a node 202 case and this thing seems to blow most of the air out of the back some how while being far quieter than a blower design!
Pros: Was cheap at the time of purchase with nice features.
Cons: Worked fine for a year, and then it started breaking every month. This is absolutely ridiculous and I refuse to pay for any more shipping charges. In all honesty I just wish they would let me trade it in for a different motherboard.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This card really can handle anything! I played Metro: 2033 on 100% Ultra in 1080p at 30 FPS. Max Payne 3 on Ultra at 80 FPS.
Cons: A little louder than my EVGA 560 Ti, but cooler and stronger. Also it is big, but it easily fits in my small mATX build so I don't see why size would be an issue.
Other Thoughts: If you want a card that can max any game out at the lowest possible price, get THIS card. Screw the 580, 560 Ti, and all the 7000 series AMD cards!
P.S. The 2GB does help. Max Payne 3 can easily use 2GB.