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Pros: It destroys every game ive tried to throw at it. solid 60 fps in most cases.
~CoD advanced warfare looks absolutely amazing on this. at max settings.
~Dark Souls 2 and 3 @1440p downscaled to 1080 with AA turned off both look saturated and crisp and run perfect for up to 6 hour gaming sessions(need to restart game after that as it seems to start dropping frames as the memory gets up there in kbs, but thats probably software related to the games)
~Tomb Raider looked great except for the hair physics but that was bad on an Nvidia card too
~Metro 2033 i had to turn some of the shadow options down but otherwise it played fantastic at mostly maxed settings.
~The free Hitman game it came with was jaw dropping gorgeous.
it runs almost 10 degrees cooler in my tower than every benchmark ive seen for it: 76 degrees under full load during heaven benchmark in a CM stormtrooper with 1 h110i 360mm rad and a total of 7 fans with positive air pressure.
8 gigs of video memory. thats like a game modders dream right there. enough memory to mod any moddable game out as much as you want. (skyrim, fallout 4 etc. i havent done it yet but i will and it will be heaven.) plus future proofing as games start to use more vid memory.
Cons: ~ that pulse on the side of the card has no shut off for it. this is where i docked my egg becuase i had to use a pair of needle nose to unplug the led from the board to get it to stop. and it was driving me nuts in the corner of my eye while trying to game....would have been nice to have a 3 way switch on the card with "on, off and pulse" or have software options.
~you cant buy a waterblock for it >.> you can use a universal but much like the heatsink it comes with the memory modules get no cooling. takes away from the coolness factor but not a deal breaker. a card this good that takes this much power and runs this hot should have some kind of water cooling options. other brands have options why is Asus the king being left out on this? sad faces.
~the current drivers are stable for the most part... unless i open the software and let the pc idle for about 5 minutes with the window open then they crash requiring a restart, but otherwise ive only had one weird glitch happen with dark souls 3 where i would start the game and it would white screen for 3 secs like it normally does, then it would flash purple for about 1 frame and then i would see the namco-bandai white screen show up in the top left corner of my screen(about the size of a 24 inch monitor on a 40 inch hdtv) and then the game would crash... this was fixed upon restarting pc but it was a little concerning at the time.
~im not sure if i missed a setting somewhere but on some youtube videos i get screen tearing when watching... afaik i cant set up vsync for video so idk what to do about that. like i said its only some videos so for all i know it could be the videos' problem and not mine.
speaking of purple it flashes purple any time the resolution changes. idk if thats normal to an amd card as this is the first amd card ive ever purchased. but happens for a second on startup, starting any game or anytime i try to mess with the resolution. minor annoyance but it only last a second.
Other Thoughts: if i could go back in time and reorder i think i would try this card again, i ordered asus becuase ive always used asus and didnt want to break the theme of my system, but after reading alot of benchmarks the Msi version of this card beat this Asus card 9 games out of 10 by just a few fps i think at max 3 fps. food for thought.
16 gigs quad channel corsair vengeance @ 1866 mhz
Asus Rog Maximus 7 formula
240gig Crucial M5 OS ssd
500 gig intel SSD for games
4 tb WD black for storage
Pros: A pair of these keep my i100 with an 8350 running at about 32 degrees celsius at stock speed, when over clocked to 4.5ghz at idle its about 38 degrees. They run nice and quiet too. under load with the fans turned up to max my overclock is only at 52 celsius. obviously i have room to push my oc further but i like stable and i want my processor to last so i only run my overclock profile when im gaming and recording
Cons: uhhhh one of them started making noise about 2 months ago. it sounds like a bad hard drive struggling to move data. kind of annoying like the old ibm drives. if i open the case and touch the fan for a second it stops making noise for a few minutes then starts up again probably just a bad bearing or something that happens often which is why i deducted only one egg. fans are a moving part and moving parts tend to wear out sometimes. its only a few dollars to replace it, so thats cool with me
Other Thoughts: Honestly i have all corsair AS and SP fans in my system and only one of them is actin up. my case is nice and cool and its not perfectly quiet but with a game or movie at a normal volume you can just barely hear it and thats only if your paying attention to it. i could turn them down more if i wanted to but i think i found a nice balance between performance and quiet using the i100 softwareREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: I bought this to replace an older Asus td evo board for my kids Phenom II black edition becuase after 3 years the north most pci-e lane died out and the usbs would turn of and back on anytime you bumped the desk. He got a bunch of other new parts including a psu and case and all new fans so it was about a 4 hour install with decent wire management and getting everything perfect to my standards. When i turned it on it fired right up, drivers installed without a hitch and suprisingly his frame rates in CS:Go stabled out some, before on the old pc the fps would bounce between 35 and 60 fps now its between 59 and 60 all the time. he loves it, his boot times feel faster too. The UEFI is easy to use as well i went in clicked the performance mode then switched to advanced mode and checked that the timings were okay for his ram and left everything else at default and it runs so nice for an older pc I'm sure i could fine tune it later and make it even better.
Cons: havent heard any complaints
Other Thoughts: Im Asus for life. so i always try to go with the best Asus item i can afford at the time. I always see people complaining about thier products but after 10+ years of only using Asus items when i can do so ive only had one bad experience with them. thats not enough to turn me off. This is the best Asus board you can buy for Am3+/FX socket that isnt ROG.READ FULL REVIEW