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Solid Build (EVGA delivers, again)
Very efficient performance/cost ratio
Other Thoughts: Obtained this card (+borderlands code-rebate) for $330.
Decided to finally upgrade from dual EVGA 470 GTXs.. man, was it worth the upgrade! 3dmark Fire Strike score went from overall 3894->8918 (8952 with one 470 as a dedicated physX; PCI-E 2.0).
I was looking at the new 970/980 cards before my purchase of this card (9/23/14), and the 780 was 1) in stock, 2) same price as 970, 3) has historically positive trend data/reviews, and 4) performs are 90%+ what 970/980 will. I've also heard negative reviews on the ACX 1.0 versions of each being a 'poor structural ACX build'.
Ensure you have PSU that will support power needs: "600 watt or greater power supply with a minimum of 42 amps on the +12 volt rail."
This is not the absolute best card on the market. This is a high performing card at a very reasonable price ($330).
Intel i7-2700k @3.3Ghz
4x4GB Corsair Vengeance @ 1600MHz (9-9-9-24)
EVGA E679 (P67 FTW, E-ATX form)
Intel 520 240GB SSD (Seq Read up to 550MB/s, Seq Write up to 520MB/s)
EVGA 780 GTX Classified 3GB
EVGA 470 GTX 1.2GB PhysX dedicated
Pros: Easy Set up.
Very user friendly interface.
Extremely fast speeds on either band.
Cons: None right now
Other Thoughts: The first one I ordered from newegg had issues right out of the box (stuck WAN IP that wouldn't ever change). RMA'd it from newegg and the problem was solved on the next one that I received. The second one worked right out of the box with no issues at all. First time I used Newegg RMA service and it was fantastic.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Extremely fast. I have used Intel's 510 and 320 in the past for different computers, but this [relatively] new SSD puts the past ones to shame. Worked right out of the box with no issues.
Cons: Had to knock off an egg because compared to other manufacturers (such as OCZ), it is relatively expensive (<$200 vs. $250+) and because sequential write was about half of what was listed, although this could be because I'm not an absolute SSD guru.
Other Thoughts: Make sure you read up on how to properly set up your Mobo via BIOS before using your SSD, or you may not be able to get the stated manufactured speeds.
WIP score for Primary Hard Disk: 7.9
Using AS SSD Benchmark:
Actual available space: ~ 223 GB
seq read: ~500 MB/s
seq write: ~230 MB/s (much lower than expected)
4k random read: ~57500 iops
4k random write: ~49500 iops