Joined on 06/10/05
Card Great ... NewEgg and EVGA... not so much
Pros: Card is very quiet at load (compared to launch Sapphire 5870). NO fan whine, clicking or anything. No issues with Skyrim or BF3. A hair smaller than the 5870 so yay for case space. Enough of a performance boost when turning on the eye candy (1920x1080, 24") that it was a worthy upgrade.
Cons: EXCEPT when it comes to the Arkham City promotion, which has since been stricken from the NewEgg site. When I ordered the card, it said plain as day FREE COPY OF ARKHAM CITY. That's why I bought EVGA over anyone else. Well, no code came. I email EVGA, Community Assistant guy Rob says, "...EVGA has no codes to give." Even though it is plastered on their site. Fine. I contact NewEgg, Catherine says, "Since the promotion has been expired, in this case, we are unable to provide you with this promotion at this moment." I unsuccessfully argue that it said I would get a copy, so I should get one. I visit Nvidia's site and read this: "...purchase any qualifying NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560, or above graphics card and receive a coupon for one FREE download of the PC version of Batman: Arkham City! Free game code offer good from October 18, 2011 through September 30, 2012."
Overall Review: After striking out with two organizations I've sent a request to nVidia. You know what would have made this easier? Taking a screen shot of the page that said "free copy." Now I'm getting into he-said/she-said territory because I bought my card on the 6th. How can it be limited when they are offering a game code until September of next year?! Great card though, just don't bank on any bonuses coming with it.
Pros: Slight step up from 7800 GT w/256 MB Memory, can run 4xAA now so everything is smoother WITHOUT taking a 10-20 fps hit. Fan blasts at boost then quiets down, still, not a 'silent' solution but not annoying, even at load.
Overall Review: wondering how this in SLI would hold up against one of those new fangled 7950 2-in-1 cards... when I am rich, I will let you all know.