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Pros: Still trying to figure that out.
Cons: Seems to be too aggressively overclocked.
Clueless support staff constantly trying to shift the blame.
Other Thoughts: So, continuing this garbage saga, I finally figured out the problem with this card and it's not the drivers, it's not some sort of program compatibility. It's the overclock.
Basically, I sat down for five hours trying everything I could to stop the issue from uninstalling display fusion, to bringing my setup down to one monitor. Nothing seemed to work until someone suggested I downclock the card. I told them I already tried using gigabyte's own software (oc guru) to which they informed me that oc guru is apparently garbage.
They linked me to MSI's afterburner software which, for some odd reason, WAS able to downclock the card, so even gigabyte's software can't tell this card what to do it seems. After informing the support staff through email of this development and a video of the crash occurring, (which by the way, they thought was the problem the first time I sent it in.) they, to their credit, sent me a shipping label for UPS to send it back in.
Not wanting to just send it back in just so they could say it's fine just like the first time and send it back STILL broken, I decided to call their tech support.
After a more than thirty minute hold time and a discussion with the rep, he tried to tell me that the card is for pci express 3 motherboards, which I don't have and that some games will "Force the card to output in pci express 3.0". After laughing into my handset at this ridiculous statement, I decided to go down his idiot rabbit hole and pointed out that the card clearly states that it is backwards compatible with pci express 2.0, to which he said yes it is.
Apparently backwards compatible means you just can't play many games to this man. Realizing that the conversation was going to go nowhere past this point, I hung up. I'll now find a pci 3.0 board to slap this piece of garbage in and prove that:
1. This guy is an idiot.
2. This card is messed up.
I'll update again once I send it back in and get it back.
Just to bottom line it, If the card works, it's great for anything you can throw at it, if it doesn't, gigabyte will be a huge pain in the neck that will apparently hook it up to some diagnostic machine that goes "durr, looks fine". Not sure if that's worth the risk when you can pay about 20 more for a much more reputable company's card.
Oh and don't go yelling it's my power supply. I have a 750W power supply. I have tested it and it puts out good power, and the requirement for the card is only 600W. The one thing I wanted to avoid with this build is skimping on the power supply, and it does a fantastic job. (corsair, and I highly recommend it.)
Pros: seemingly powerful card.
Cons: Either drivers or some sort of incompatibility in my system is causing problems.
Basically, While doing some heavy gaming like batman arkham asylum, crysis 3, or even dark souls 2, my screens will go black, the sound will hiccup rapidly, and then I am brought to my desktop with the message "display driver stopped responding and has recovered.
I RMA'd the card since support said they had no reports of this issue. They then said the card passed diagnostic and sent it back. Out of curiosity, I upgraded my power supply from 750 to 850 in case it somehow was pulling way more volts than it should. The problem continues to persist. Not sure what to do with this expensive piece of junk. Wish I'd gone with evga or something instead.
Other Thoughts: No suggestions or ideas from gigabyte or nivida on fixing the issue.
Support is only really useful or active through the newegg support email. Contacting gigabyte through their website is a waste of time.
Pros: Very powerful card that handles pretty much anything I throw at it.
Cons: This isn't a problem stuck JUST to this particular card, but ALL of nvidia's card. The new drivers just DON'T work! I keep getting crashes in games and a message saying "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" while playing many games. As far as I can tell from google searching this, It comes back to nvidia and their GARBAGE drivers.
The only "solution" that appears to work is to install old drivers that require you modify the installation so that drivers will install as the gtx 780 isn't officially supported by the drivers!
What's even worse is that this problem has been around for more than six months and they STILL haven't fixed it!
Other Thoughts: The card itself seems perfectly fine, the only reason I'm dropping the two eggs off are because of nvidia's GARBAGE support. More than six months without a fix for a problem this prevalent is UNACCEPTABLE!READ FULL REVIEW
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