Joined on 06/16/10
A Powerhouse, quiet & quick.
Pros: As usual, MSI's Twin Frozr design works wonders. It appears dual, 100mm fans is the recipe for excellent cooling at negligible noise. Fans are only heard once they reach 70% (1840 RPM) or greater, and even then, they are not intrusively loud. The card routinely idles around 28-30c with an ambient temperature of 70f. Under load I was seeing an average max temperature of 56-62c in gaming with an absolute max of 68c under sustained benchmarking or stability tests. These temperatures are the result of a custom fan curve, and not the default one. Max fan curve speed is 70%. Like the rest of the GTX 10 series, including the 1080 Ti's, the advertised boost clocks are very conservative. The boost clock is contingent upon the temperature and cooling of the card, and given MSI's excellent cooling, my 1080 Ti was able to boost clock to 1980 MHz out of the box. This appears to be consistent with other owners. Given how much this card automatically boost clocks, it's headroom for overclocking is limited. I was able to get a stable overclock of 2050-2063 MHz on the core, and easily achieved a memory overclock of 12.1 MHz. I am confident the memory overclock could be higher, but as of this review that is the highest I've gone with it.
Cons: MSI's Gaming series is due for a design refresh. The last few generations have seen minimal design changes, and at a glance, the average person cannot distinguish a 980 Ti from a 1080, from a 1080 Ti. Also, while I am less concerned about it than others, the red motif doesn't work for everybody. It would serve MSI well if a more neutral design were offered. A large percentage of potential buyers for this card looked elsewhere, as the forced red styling was not to their liking. To that end, what good is RGB when majority of the card is red?
Overall Review: A few things to note. Given MSI's beefier cooler with this model, and the 100 mm fans, this card is quite large and heavy. If you have any concerns about size fitment, I recommend double checking your case's dimensions. Also, it seems running dual larger fans opposed to triple smaller fans is the superior option. I have utilized both, and I find running larger fans at a lower or equal RPM, push equal or greater CFM with less noise than their triple fan brethren. This is the main reason MSI's Twin Frozr setup is so superb at cooling.
Pros: Cheap price for typical specifications.
Cons: Purchased this memory at end of November 2010. By February I was RMAing it due to one stick failing. I believe that one stick was faulty since the first day, in part due to the numerous errors I received throughout it's use.
Overall Review: Initially it may run without issues, but only time will tell if your RAM is faulty.
DO NOT BUY THIS TABLET
Cons: After noticing it lagged up frequently to the point of unusability, I installed an App to determine the hardware specifications and discovered two key pieces of information that contradict what Newegg and iViewus.com list for this tablet. Internal storage does not add up to 4GB, and the processor isn't a Cortex-A8 1.2Ghz, it's an Armv7 1Ghz.
Overall Review: I thought it was a good deal for $80, but I should've known it was too good to be true.
Quiet n' Cool Powerhouse
Pros: This card stays cool and quiet, even when put under load. The factory OC allows for better OCing choices, and with the design of the fan/card, it's certain to remain cool.
Cons: While not so much a con, as I knew what I was getting, I believe the 768MB isn't enough for upper end games resolutions above 1680 x 1050. That said, at that resolution or lower, it's generally enough.
Overall Review: In retrospect, I likely should've gone with the 1GB variant, for a better future proof system. Nonetheless, purchasing this card on sale is still a good buy, and one of the best GTX460 768mb models out there.