Joined on 10/27/06
Excellent Mid-Range Option
Pros: -28nm Maxwell Architecture running at 60W on stock. -This MSI card has Samsung memory chips on it. -Quiet even on full load -No Power Connector Required -GeForce Experience profile optimization makes BF3 and 4 run great -Excellent cooling system -Dual BIOS (One EFI) -Very good overclocking capability (see thoughts)
Cons: Wish it had 192-bit memory width but that's not really a con. It's about as powerful as a 7850/650 Ti Boost/660 in some benchmark scenarios, and all of those cards go fairly cheap on the used market.
Overall Review: Without re-flashing the BIOS or altering the Power Tables I achieved a +225 Core Clock and +600 Memory overclock using MSI AfterBurner. So glad Samsung memory is on this board. Even being pre-oc'd I had a lot of room to scale. My LiteCoin mining rate is 305 KH/s. This is excellent using less than 75 Watts AND no BIOS modding that some are doing with these maxwell cards. I'm happy with the rate and not messing with the power table. For comparison sake my GTX 770 was doing 320KH/S using a whole lot more power. Great solution for mining efficiency and mid-entry level high gaming.
Well, just my luck.......
Pros: Beautiful resolution, screen size, sleek look, could be amazing but....
Cons: Immediately pulled it out of the box, plugged it in and immediately I found a red pixel (which went away fairly easy) and a white pixel slightly to the right of the dead center with a black background applied. I'll wait for replacement before the three eggs drop.
Overall Review: The most annoying part is having to spend $20-25 dollars to send this back for replacement, especially after getting it on the shellshocker deal, ugh.
Capable Card With Growing Pains (Idle Power Consumption Being One)
Pros: -Capable to compete with the RTX 3070 -Hardware AV1 Encoding -16GB GDDR6 is nice-to-have -Despite the plastic taping/fake plastic backplate (upon disassembly video reviews) the rest of the design is nice and looks clean. -RT performance is good but like any mid-tier useless for more demanding titles/higher res gaming -It runs pretty quiet, and fits nicely in a 2/2.5slot profile
Cons: The UI for ARC Control is just downright annoying. Currently the software doesn't allow you to move the window into a new position -It is static. It's blurry/not scaling with resolution well, and a UAC prompt keeps coming up (Intel marked in release notes that it is a known issue) -Idle Power Consumption is poor. I'm disappointed with this one. This card was averaging 42W at idle with no Windows Updates/Other demanding tasks occurring. Intel provided a workaround (Changing Power settings in Windows and a setting in the bios) that works on the A750 model but not on the A770. You would think that this could be fixed with a driver update, but Intel is implying that they may have to wait until Arc Gen 2 to get idle consumption down to where competitors are, which seems a bit ridiculous. -DX9 and DX11 performance were really bad. But to their credit the most recent beta driver focused on addressing this in some titles, CSGO being a more prominent mentioning for DX9.
Overall Review: If Intel can address the idle power consumption without a hardware revision/waiting for the next gen and continue their promising improvements through driver updates they will have offerings that are very compelling in the Mid-Tier market. ARC Control UI not being fixed to scale or move windows around 2 months later is odd, but if that means strong gains for focusing on driver performance than its probably worth the tradeoff/resource allocation. I decided to return and grab a 3070 for $340 off a friend, and it's using way less power on idle and during gaming. If you don't mind the growing pains and paying more on your power bill then this is a card that has some promising elements to it. If they fix this then it would be easier to tell others to take the plunge.
Great RAM - Excellent LED's
Pros: My system actually seems a bit more stable vs my GSkill B-Die 3200mhz kit. That's probably more due to my board (Gigabyte X470 Auroa Gaming), but I am running the latest agesa version with the Dec 2018 bios. I would have some occasional crashes, but the sticks always passed memtests. The LED's look amazing. Capellix LED's are the real deal. I use iCue for my RGB fan controllers and I thought it would be nice to be able to control the fan all from the same software. The GSkill software was not as good.
Cons: None so far, except that I have to wonder if I ordered an Intel kit vs this one being advertised for AMD if I would have gotten the v4.31 B-Die's instead of these Hynix C-Die's (v5.32), but unless you're doing extreme overclocking many Reddit forums are saying the C-Die is basically the next best thing, so that helped me decide to keep these, despite the higher xmp latencies.
Overall Review: I need to attempt overclocking these with the Ryzen DRAM calculator. if I get can 14-15-16 stable at 3200mhz or the 17-20-20 at 3733mhz this kit will be ready for Ryzen 3rd gen (AMD posted a DRAM timing and speed bench chart with the ideal 'sweet spot') then it will be plenty good for 3200mhz. Use Typhoon and Ryzen Timing Checker tools as well, they're all great!
Breaking my components
Pros: Never runs hot
Cons: In a four month span I had to replace a CPU, motherboard, kit of ram, and now possibly another ram kit. This PSU powered them all. It is like spinning a wheel if I can get a clean post consistently. Support form form for RMA won't post. Keeps blaming captcha. I have a Seasonic replacent purchase with 12 year warranty on the way. I can't afford to have my system down. First real failure of a PSU for me in 17 years.