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EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 08G-P4-6180-KR, 8GB GDDR5X, LED, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great cards. Maxes out everything I have thrown at it on 3440 x 1440 and 4k at stock. SLI has excellent scaling.

Cons: One card died on me and caused computer to crash. I wasn't sure immediately what the problem was. After trial and error, the problem was isolated to one of the cards not working at all. RMA'd. Hopefully, once the new one arrives I won't have this issue again.

Other Thoughts: Overall, phenomenal graphics card and worth upgrading. It is a huge inconvenience having one card die after only one week of use...3 starts as a result. I did not try overclocking at all.

EVGA GeForce GTX 690 DirectX 12 (feature level 11_0) 04G-P4-2690-KR 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Unbelievable perfomance from one card. Maxes out all games at 2560 x 1600 resolutin w/ butter smooth frame rate. I was switched from quadfire amd 5970's. Although the 5970's were good cards, they suffered from microstuttering and sudden drops in frame rates, particulary when AA or Tessellation was applied. With the 690 there are no sudden drops in framerates when AA or Tesselation is applied.

Cons: What everyone else has alluded to.... $$$$. It took alot of procastinating before i pulled the trigger but glad I did.

Other Thoughts: I am using an Alienware Area 51 w/ x58 motherboard. 12gb RAM at 1800,n 1.1K power supply. The installation was extremely easy, which i was not expecting. The card comes with a pci-e adapter which you converts two 6 pin into a 8 pin. Anyone considering upgrading a Area 51 with more modern graphics card this is a great choice.

XFX HD-597A-CNB9 Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Outstanding Video card. I have two 5970's crossfired and am running on a 30 inch monitor (2560 x 1600 resolution). I am able to max out all games, even at this extreme resolution. Fear 2 avg 180 - 240 FPS, Battlefield Bad Company 2 mulitiplayer 120 + FPS with everything maxed. Metro 2033 50-80 FPS.

Cons: Price! These video cards are very cpu reliant. To get the most out of these cards, I rececommend a strong Intel I7 processor clocked at 3.5 or higher. I overclocked my i7 930 from 2.8 to 3.62 and watched my FPS jump up considerably.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend the LG WH 30 inch monitor at 2560 x 1600 resolution. If you have been gaming at 1920 x 1200 you don't know what your missing. Make the switch, you won't regret it.


Chris Z.'s Profile

Display Name: Chris Z.

Date Joined: 12/17/08

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/31/10
  • Last Review: 06/10/16
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