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Pros: I purchased this as an upgrade from an nVidia GTS 450, so I noticed immediate improvements across virtually every metric or benchmark. It runs every game I've thrown at it so far on at least "high" settings with 35+ fps. To be honest, though, on some games I had to turn down one or two settings to "medium" in order to keep that performance. But for a "mid-tier", ~$200 card that's exactly what I was expecting.
The card itself, appearance-wise, is fearsome. It looks like it belongs behind the grille of a car, cooling an engine. No fancy casing, no lighting... just two huge fans, a huge radiator, and some serious copper tubing. Despite that, it is super quiet - my computer case sits about two feet from me and is uncovered, and I only notice this card during more intense gaming.. not any different than other cards I've used.
Cons: The Overclocking software provided by Gigabyte isn't the best written software on the planet, but honestly I see no real reason to overclock in the first place so it's really a non-issue. I'm not real up-to-date on my technology, but apparently this GPU has a built-in boost (literally called "GPU Boost") that increases clock speed on demand, making a third-party program necessary only for the most extreme overclocking.
Other Thoughts: I can mine altcoins at around 170kh/s, and the card never got over 55 degrees celsius.READ FULL REVIEW