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Pros: Great performance. Noticable gains over 1600MHz RAM. For $180, price is great compared to any other 4x4 set.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Card has great overclock ability. Card designed to handle high overvolting - I have card at 1.33v. While heat is high, it is to be expected when boosting above stock 1.1v. Fan reasonably noisy for full speed. White board looks great. Will look even better with the white EK Water block coming out at the beginning of December. Card looks great. I wish you could switch out the "Hall of Fame" LED wording. Like the concept: but I don't want "Hall of Fame" flashing in my case.
Cons: Several issues plague this card with great potential:
1. Downclocking. The card regularly downclocks to 863, which I assume is the stock clock for the GTX 780. Pressing the "boost" button on the back does not consistently prevent it from downclocking. Mid-game, it will downclock on me, dropping my FPS significatly from 49fps to 22fps in a matter of seconds. Unacceptable.
2. Overclocking software is overly complex. I regularly bought AMD cards. In AMD, there is a slider with the clock you want. It is that simple. In Nvidia, there is an "offset" slider which changes the overclock from the current clock speed. But with this card, since the stock clock, boost, and downclocking issues are constantly changing, the "offset" slider has a range of 196MHz. So your card can go from stable (overclocked from the 863 base) to barely stable or failing (at the 1009 stock HOF clock) to a blue screen or freeze at the boost clock speed (at 1059). This makes the card essentially non-overclockable, or unreliably overclocked.
3. The "boost" button. I am convinced this is a marketing gimmic. If this really prevented downclocking, or activated "extra circuitry", why in heaven's name would it be a button on the back of the case? It would be a software activated piece. No one uses buttons, let alone on the back of the case, for something that you know 90% of your card buyer's are going to use extensively. It is just impractical. Therefore, I am convinced that the button is just a "100% fan" activation button.
Other Thoughts: Card has great potential. A simple bios push to prevent downclocking would nearly solve all of the problems. I can accept that the button on the back is useless. Doesn't bother me. If the downclocking stops, then my first 2 complaints are solved and I am willing to overlook the 3rd complaint. Until this is done, users are reliant on attempting risky bios pushes. Some forums have a user posting bios push from a Hydro Copper which prevents down clocking. Appears to be working for people, but there is big risk here, and we should not have to be doing this as a way to get the card to work as advertised.
As usual, Galaxy sends hand-picked cards to the reviewers before releasing it to the public. Several sites and groups reviewed this card without a single issue, likely because (some) promote Galaxy products, and the others were given hand-picked and tested cards to ensure the review goes well. I am sure most manufacturers do this regularly, but when the difference in the review and your experience is THIS different, you begin to look for all problems present.
Galaxy - just push a bios fix to prevent down clocking and/or down volting. If a regular user on a forum can tweak a bios from another card to do this, certainly, you can too.
Until this is done, I cannot recommend this card. If addressed, this card will be an amazing GPU and well worth the $40 more than a stock GTX 780.