Joined on 11/03/10
Exactly what I wanted from a GPU, even if it was a bit expensive.
Pros: I'm a VR User and I wanted the extra bit of Vram over the 3080 standard. It does the job it was meant to do, and I didn't pay a scalper for it because I got it via the New Egg Shuffle. This is the first Nvidia card I've had in a long time. It's nice to be able to turn on PhysX features that were greyed out in some of the games I've had for a while. Not a huge difference, but it's neat. So far the drivers are solid, and currently Nvidia does VR better, which is why I switched. RTX is very cool. I have several games that support it and it does make a huge difference in visuals. DLSS will be very useful in the future, but this GPU is so powerful currently there isn't much need for it in anything that I play that supports. The biggest exception to that is No Man's Sky VR. I get solid frames on settings I could barely run without it even with this card.
Cons: The card is kinda big, it's a triple height card. You need a big case for this card. I expected this, but it's worth knowing about if you're looking to get one. It is also long and is a full length triple fan card. The cooling on the card is fine but it needs a good case for cooling. Don't buy one of these and then seal it up in a "silent" case with no fans or vents. This card needs to breathe comfortably.
Overall Review: Kind of expensive from a performance to value perspective to be honest. However, it was what I needed for my particular use case and I'll probably be using it for a while. The 3080's 10 GB was a bit lower than I wanted from VRam, but the 12GB in this card is adequate. DLSS is neat, but not supported by very much at the moment, and RTX is also kind of a novelty right now. They are very cool novelties though and will likely see a lot of support going forward, especially since the newer game consoles support both. Honestly, as cool as RTX looks, DLSS is a bigger deal, especially if you're a VR user. The performance gains will make more impressive visuals in VR a lot easier to do, but RTX is still a bit hardware expensive for most VR. If this fits your use case and is within your price range, this isn't a bad card at all. I have nothing to complain about outside of it being a little pricey, and I really can't justify docking the rating over that given the current GPU situation and the fact that I got it for MSRP instead of scalper prices because of the Shuffle.
The worst port of Duke Nukem 3D ever made.
Pros: It's Duke Nukem 3D. Has a new episode that can only be found in this version. It's the only reason to buy it, and only on steep discount.
Cons: It's the worst version of Duke Nukem 3D, and also the only version you can buy. None of the other versions of the game are available anymore. It's got some lazy upgrades, rerecorded dialogue from a very bored sounding John St. John, some unnecessary texture work, it doesn't work with eDuke without modding it. I'd recommend buying any other version of the game but this is your only option.
Overall Review: It's... fine I guess. Not the worst thing ever, but the worst version of this and the only one available. Get it on sale and I wouldn't pay more than a couple of bucks. The new levels aren't bad, but the original levels are inferior to just playing the older versions with eDuke32. Unless you've never played Duke Nukem 3D before, desperately want to, and have no access to any other version, I wouldn't bother for more than deep sale price. The new levels are worth a few bucks, but nothing else in this is worth more than that.