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Pros: The GPU itself, while working on the first day of installation of the latest stable driver package, was superb. The card is able to run any and all games I threw at it including Planetside 2 which ran smooth as silk. It completely maxes out Dota 2 at it's 120 FPS cap, and the card behaved superbly while it lived.
Cons: Sadly, the card failed near the end of day 1 and completely died on day 2. The game being run at the time would crash, and the first few crashes came up with a blue screen saying that Windows would restart to prevent any damage. Soon after, crashes which consisted of only the game crashing and red squares appearing on the screen, followed by a locked overclocking of the card, which warranted a restart each time, locked the frame rate at a measly 20-fps.
Further stress testing of the card via the Unigine Heaven Benchmark in DX11 proved that the card was indeed at fault. The benchmark at stock settings crashed within a minute of testing, while down clocking the card to its minimum settings via EVGA Precision allowed to it last longer. However, the card died on its test run at down clocked settings, and is now permanently disabled from even working with or without Nvidia drivers.
Seeing as my PSU should have more than enough power for it, and the fact that the card was correctly installed with its current drivers, the only answer to the crashes was that the card was defective.
I have already filed an RMA with EVGA, and I have to wait until January for the request to be even processed and begin the Cross-Shipping transfer.
As a customer who recently purchased an entire computer's worth of parts from Newegg for Christmas, I am extremely disappointed that such an expensive, high-end card arrived defective and untested. I sincerely hoped that these cards would be thoroughly tested for shortcomings, so that customers could avoid having to waste their time requesting RMAs, and also so that the customer could actually enjoy shopping from Newegg.
Other Thoughts: I sincerely hope that this RMA replacement is not also defective.
Again, I really hope that in the future these cards are tested for stability, especially considering their price tag.