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Pros: Absolutely chews up any game I have thrown at it. I am running ESO at 1080p max settings and it runs butter smooth.
Absolutely zero coil wine.
Running cool and quiet. I am using Precision x to set a custom fan curve (using default precision x curve), the card idles at 31degrees, and is maxing out at 49degrees! And it is still silent inside of a case.
As others have noted, mine is also boosting past listed specs to 1316mhz at its stock settings, AWESOME!
Beautiful color scheme matches my MSI z87 GD65 motherboard and case lighting.
Lite up MSI logo and dragon on the side (white).
Two DVI connectors which I prefer over HDMI. I don't use monitor speakers.
Military class 4 components (meet MIL-STD-810G regulations), which are designed to provide higher stability, lifespan, and efficiency.
Cons: No back plate.....I almost bought another brand because of this. But the Gigabyte card is way long, and the Asus card is limited by the single 8 pin power connector. The card does sag a little in the slot, but only a little.
By default, the fans do not spool up till the card hits 65degrees, then shut back off at 50degrees. Besides shortening the life span of the card (simple physics, the hotter something runs, the quicker it degrades), this dumps unnecessary heat into your case. Heat that the rest of your components have to deal with. Fortunately, both Precision x and MSI afterburner allow you to override this making for an almost perfect video card.
Other Thoughts: Compared to its peers (Gigabyte, Asus, and EVGA);
Second best cooler (Gigabyte has the best if you can fit it).
Best power delivery system.
The best components.
Second best oc of the $349 cards (though everybody seems to be getting at least 1316 boost at stock which ties it for best).
After considering the above points, I decided on this card. I am glad I did, this card ROCKS!!!
Pros: Maxwell architecture, included back plate, metal shrouds, 6 phase power delivery system with digital power control, and high end components.
Cons: Fans don't spool up until it hits 65 degrees....Seriously!!! This is not a media center card, there is absolutely no reason to put silence before longevity! Simple fact; the warmer electronics run, the shorter their life span. It's simple physics!!!
They should set a conservative fan curve instead. Say start the fans at 25% and ramp them to 100% at the GPU's throttle point. Still would have a silent card in a case, but it would run cooler throughout its load range.
Other Thoughts: My Asus GTX 670 with, direct cu cooler, was set from the factory at 19% fan speed to 60 some degrees where it would start ramping up. It was running at 68 degrees playing ESO on high settings. I used EVGA'S precision x to set a software controlled fan curve starting at 40% ramping to 100% at 90 degrees. I still cannot hear the card and it runs 12 degrees cooler under the same load!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Maxwell architecture, one of the best power delivery systems in the industry with 6+2 design and high end components, they paid attention to the height of the card to the benefit of sli users.
Cons: Fans don't spool up until it hits 65 degrees....Seriously!!! This is not a media center card, there is absolutely no reason to put silence before longevity! Simple fact; the warmer electronics run, the shorter their life span. It's simple physics!!! They claim it increases the longevity of the fans. Uhmm, I didn't realize this was an issue?
They should set a conservative fan curve instead. Say start the fans at 25% and ramp them to 100% at 80 degrees (the throttle point for this gpu). Still would have been silent in a case, but the card would run cooler throughout its load range.
Other Thoughts: Fortunately, you can control the fans in their included software. Unfortunately, this means you need to use their software.
Don't get me wrong. I really like MSI, I love my MSI Z87 GD65 MOBO, but their software is a little quirky. I was going through my system error reports one day, and all of the errors listed were MSI software related. I uninstalled all of it! The board itself...Rock Solid!