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AMD GIFT Dirt Rally
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs free 06/03/2015

This review is from: AMD GIFT Dirt Rally

Pros: it was free

Cons: can't complain about free

GIGABYTE GV-N78TOC-3GD G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: was fast, now on new games underperforms
ran cool
ran quiet

Cons: after about a year of intermittent bluescreens, only a handful of them. they started happening more and more frequently.
As of a few weeks ago it was happening as often as every 15 minutes.

In games released after 900 series was released, performs on par or worse than a 970. On games released prior to 900 series, performs just worse than a 980, sometimes better.

Other Thoughts: Because I was bluescreening due to nvidia drivers, even after overvolting, modding bios to allow reference clocks, or even lower, still bluescreen constantly. I've tried dozens of driver versions, all the same issue.

Gave the card to my brother because I was tired of it. Maybe he will magically not have this issue. I bought a 290x a couple weeks ago to last until Fiji (390x? Radeon Fury X? whatever it will be called). In Witcher 3 I get better fps than 780ti does. laughable.

NVIDIA Buyers beware: check benchmarks for old games vs games released after 900 series - you will see they stopped caring about old arch. Once Pascal comes out your maxwell card will suddenly become a non-priority and you will wonder why your card that used to perform at level X is now performing at Level X-2.

SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 100361-4L 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Tri-X OC(UEFI) Video Card, New Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: cool
runs as a 290x should - in games released pre-nvidia 900 series, worse than my 780ti, in games released after nvidia 900 series, better than my 780ti (these of course, are on average).
no more bluescreens

Cons: heat goes into case? nearly all non-reference models do this so I guess not really a con...

Other Thoughts: when playing witcher 3 (which is permanent 100% usage) it doesn't go over 71ºC. Quite good. This is more or less the same as my gigabyte windforce x3 780ti did. I bought this because I was tired of constant bluescreening that I got with 780ti. Since swapping to this, 0 bluescreens. Not sure where Nvidia gets their reputation for great drivers from since they were the cause of my bluescreens. I even flashed bios of that 780ti so I could underclock it to reference clocks and I still bluescreened several times a day (approx once per hour).


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Display Name: Michael K.

Date Joined: 06/25/08

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  • Last Review: 06/30/15
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