Joined on 01/08/06
Pros: Beautiful card, gorgeous design, nice heat dissipation, ultra-silent, perform very very well. You can choose a color for your lightning led using the Mystic Light MSI software.
Cons: Big card! The card take 3 expansion slots and 13 inches long. It fit my case like inserting a coin into a bending machine. It not really a bad thing, but you need to be sure to have space for this monster. Obviously the price is high, and for the time of purchased I did not received any promo or discount. Now you can get a free game, a slightly price drop plus a $30.00 MSI rebate for a total of $749.99 + a game.
Overall Review: After several times running the 3Dmark FireStrike benchmark, with an ambient temperature of (25°C). The graphics card ASIC is 77.2%, and was overclocked with the following settings, +20mV, core offset +90 and memory offset +250. Looking just at the GRAPHICS SCORE, taking the HIGHEST VALUE from the runs, FireStrike Performance got 16796, FireStrike Extreme got 9049, and FireStrike Ultra got 4925. Also, I made another test with the Heaven benchmark. The settings of the benchmark were DirectX11, quality on Ultra, tessellation on Extreme, AA on 8x, resolution 1080p. The graphics card was overclocked with the following settings, +20mV, core offset +90 and memory offset +250. After several runs of the benchmark, with an ambient temperature of (25°C), and taking the HIGHEST VALUES, I got 178.1 FPS, and 4553 score. The temperature goes up to 78°C. The total power consumption of my system was 445W according to my APC 1500VA UPS. I understand that this card can be pushed more on air, but I am not interested in doing that. Obviously, the true performance of this graphics card will be revealed if you use an LN2 configuration. Unleash the beast with LN2! If you are going to install the LN2 base, you need to remove the MSI VOID seal placed in a screw on the video card. My recommendation is to first call MSI and discuss this with them. It is not fair that a card comes with the LN2 configuration base, but you VOID the warranty if you remove the seal. Obviously, if you damage the video card you are doomed. In the past, I have removed MSI VOID seals to upgrade MSI laptops RAM memory or to upgrade to a SSD. But, first I called MSI, and let MSI know what I am doing, they warn me that warranty is void JUST if I damage something. At the end, MSI give me the go ahead to upgrade. For now I have a domestic beast. Sorry for any typo, or misspelled words. Hope this review help you to decide. Test system: Intel 4790k OC to 4.4Ghz MSI 980 Ti Lightning, ASIC 77.2%, 16x bus 32GB GSkill Trident X PC3-19200 MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Motherboard Corsair AX860i PSU Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate, 360mm AIO 3x Samsung 850 Pro 250GB, on Raid 0 Windows 10 x64 nVIDIA drivers 355.82 Case Full Tower Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced