Joined on 08/22/17
She's a Great Ol Chunky Beast
Pros: -Excellent beefy cooling solution for AMD's flagship, that giant ol heatsink does it wonders. - Temps never got above 66° under full load at 2560x1080p on any games I ran with a good fan curve. If you set it up right, it should not have to be too audible. - Was expecting much higher power draw, but was pleasantly suprised at how much it actually needs when you UNDERVOLT IT. (THIS IS CRUCIAL WHEN OVERCLOCKING, DO NOT FORGET TO DO THIS!!!) -Max Power Draw was on average 255 watts when undervolted and OC'd and under full load. - Was able to hit a constant 1576 mhz on the GPU Core with 1050 mV, and 1100 mhz on the Memory Clock. - Excellent Timespy score of 7212 on my OC. Firestrike yielded a graphics score of ~24,500-24,600 on average. -Overall excellent FPS in my games. Titan Fall 2 reported 130+ FPS on all ultra settings @2560x1080p. Im sure you should be able to get at least 60 FPS 4k if you tweak your settings. -Dope RGB led's matched up with my build really well. (Case is Corsair 460x in white) -Great DX 12 support from what I am seeing. AMD's drivers seem to be optimized for DX 12 and have a bit more trouble on DX 11 titles. -Very impressed overall with this card. Its a great performer AND IF UNDERVOLTED, you will get great results, especially with the aforementioned cooler.
Cons: - I am going to be completely honest and I have only found 2 cons while using this chunky boi. - 1.) AMD Wattman will take some getting used to. It has a few minor bugs, at least the version I was running at, but they were very minor and I couldn't notice them most of the time. I tried using Asus GPU Tweak II, but its extremely buggy and is really a bad tool. I tried OC'ing with Afterburner as thats what I normally used, but it is pretty buggy too with Vega and won't give you as much control as Wattman does. I highly recommend using Wattman, it will give you a much easier time!! -2.) Another minor gripe I had was that before undervolting my card, HBM2 would get very hot. This can lead to a few crashed, but DONT WORRY. If you undervolt, you will drastically decrease temperatures and you will stabilize your card!! -Overall, these cons really dont outweigh the performance and temps that you can achieve. I got this card for a good deal and it honestly does not dissapoint.
Overall Review: As a final note, I'm going to emphasize this for like the 70th time: UNDERVOLT YOUR CARD. Many, and when I say many, I mean M A N Y people have failed to do this in reviews and I see people in comment sections saying its a faliure of a card. If you know what your are doing, you will see results. When OC'ing, it will take some learning and time. You must be patient and do your research. As mentioned above, Wattman may confuse you at first, it takes time. I spent a good 2 days tweaking my voltages and clocks to find a good OC. Be prepared for crashes, and some possible frustration, as with any type of overclock! If you are patient, you will unlock the full potential of this card! I recommend using Fire Strike, Time Spy, and a mixture of Unigen benchmarks and games to ensure a stable OC. This is a great card and I highly recommend it!