Joined on 08/25/05
Beast of a card!!
Pros: The card is fast and runs games at 4k wide open 60fps or better except for some of the newest titles (Ghost Recon). Can be silent if you leave the card in control of itself (aka no msi afterburner fan control). My card runs an average in the low 1700's Mhz just plug and play (50% fan speed).
Cons: Card runs very hot if you let it (84-85C) which is how it is designed but still crazy hot. If you control the fan with msi afterburner, you can get the temps down in the 70'sC but then the blower gets pretty loud (45-55db).
Overall Review: Here is the thing. There is no point paying more money for barely more performance. If you can get an AIB card for the same money then sure, buy that card. Otherwise, just buy the cheapest card you can get. All these AIB cards that are way more expensive only net you up to 10 fps more at 4k. Is 10 fps worth $50 or more to you? The only other reason to buy a more expensive AIB card is noise and temp levels. FE cards are silent but hot. They will run slower clock speeds because of the heat. Even with all that you would still have to overclock an AIB card to 1.9-2 Ghz to net that 10 fps gain. On top of that, AIB cards for the most part are 2 1/2 slot cards. If you are going for sff, FE cards are the way to go. They take up less space and still perform awesome. At the end of the day, you can still overclock an FE card just as far as an AIB card but with the extra noise level. You will run out of power and voltage before you get too hot.