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Pros: -Software shows 99% efficiency at times.
-Handles every load I've put on it.
- Quiet (See 'Other Thoughts')
Cons: - Coil Whine
- See 'Other Thoughts'
Other Thoughts: For Heaven's sake the coil whine is unbearable. After 2 different replacements to get a good unit Corsair upgraded me to the AX760i. That's right, their top-of-the-line series. I thought my troubles had ended but no. Whereas the AX760's coil whine was constant the 760i has coil whine when under stress, fooling me into thinking I had dodged the bullet. I can watch movies and browse the internet fine but the second I play a stressful game it starts again.
I really can't recommend this model unless it's for a sever and sound isn't an issue. I can't send it back to Newegg and I don't want to spend another $15 to send it back to Corsair. In short, avoid this one like a plague unless you are unaffected by the annoying whine.
Pros: I made this purchase back in Christmas of 2012 and it's still going strong. I consistently max out nearly everything with power to spare. I only game in 1080p so the 2GBs of VRAM are perfectly adequate. Some nice features:
-Factory overclocked. Already clocked to high heaven but according to reviews from other places you can get her up to 1200MHz. I stopped at 1125 on stock voltage.
-Quiet! Even at 100% it's much quieter than my old 6870 reference model and left on auto it's rarely ever audible.
-Shiny. The GTX 680 logo slowly pulsates in blue but it's not overpowering enough to clash with any build color scheme.
-6+8 pin connectors. This is an advantage over 6+6 reference models in that it will allow for better overclocking.
-Runs cool: 30c at idle, 60c average underload, 70 maxed out
-Rebate: The rebate takes a LONG time to be processed but you will get it. Mine was nearly two months.
Cons: Some of these seem more like nitpicks than anything but are still relevant enough to list.
-Blue PCB. Clashes with my system. Meh
-Open card; Internal wiring is visible
-You have to register with within 30 days or you lose your extended warranty from Galaxy. I did not know this and I am now paranoid that it will fail on me and I won't be able to get it replaced. Register immediately.
- FRAGILE. This is what I took an egg off for. Gently gripping the front top of the card to push it into the PCI slot was enough to make me think it was going to break. Every inch of this card is made of thin plastic and gives under weight. This is the most flimsy computer part I have every bought. Be especially careful with it.
Other Thoughts: These non-reference Galaxy cards seem to go on sale more often and for a lot less than other brands. During the Chistmas season it was only $410 after MIR so if you're waiting for a sale this is the one to watch.
I cannot recommend this card for a LAN rig that is always on the go; it is much too fragile to take any sort of abuse. I don't care to imagine what would happen were you to drop it, even inside a case.
All in all though I'm quite satisfied with my purchase and knowing what I know now I would still have bought it.
Happy gaming and thanks for reading.