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Pros: The performance is flawless. I received exactly what I expected after reading about this card and making comparisons with the 7970. Planetside 2 is not optimized well but this card runs the game at 45-60 FPS even during massive battles (1920x1200) + physx turned on using the nvidia beta drivers. I have my i7 3770k overclocked to 4.6 at the moment. I've seen the FPS drop to about 31-35 prior to overclocking the CPU. The overclock is definately a big factor in this game.
Cons: The front plate of the card was pushed in toward the back plate, causing one of the fans to stick way out of the plate. Basically it is not flush with the plate and doesn't look nice at the moment on my motherboard. It only takes two seconds to inspect the card before putting it in the box at the factory. I'm very disappointed that MSI did not do this. I spent $500 dollars for their top of the line part and I expect perfection in both performance and quality. I was thinking about taking it apart to try and bend the aluminum bracket which is holding the front plate but am afraid to do so because I might void the waranty. I had my family ship this to Korea as I currently reside there. MSI Korea turned me down on this matter so if I do an RMA I have to ship it back to the US which I'm thinking about (shipping + wait time is a problem).
Other Thoughts: My system specifications are as follows:
i7 3770K overclocked 4.6
MSI MPOWER Z77 Motherboard
MSI GTX 680 Lightning
Avexir 16GB Ram 2133 Mhz
Corsair GS700 PSU
Corsair Vengence C70
Samsung 840Pro 256GB SSD