Date Joined: 08/26/05
Pros: This graphics card is wonderful.
So far, it does exactly what it’s designed to do, and does it well. However, I would like to point out that my review might not be as through as other reviews as I haven’t bothered to overclock it yet, nor do I have the time to stress this card out in ways that other reviewers claim to do.
(I have a job and a life and neither involves my pc.)
It keeps up with the most current games on the market. Everything runs very smoothly. It greatly improves the quality of older games. It is surprisingly quiet, even under load.
The drivers from ASUS are outdated already, and I would strongly suggest against going to ASUS’s website to get their drivers. For some reason that has yet to be determined, downloading the drivers to this card from ASUS is very slow, while getting the drivers from NVIDIA was much quicker.
Regarding the dreaded “Coil Whine” issue.
It is not present in this card. Which I am most grateful for.
When I first attempted to purchase this card it was sold out. Maybe they corrected the coil whine issue between the previous batches and the batch that my card came in. Maybe I’m just plain lucky. I can’t say. However, the issue is not in my card.
I am coming from a EVGA GTX 560 Ti with 1 Gig of ram That still runs like a champ. That being said, I would again have to point out that my review might not be as through as other reviews. Because if I’m going from a 560 Ti to a 970, and can’t see a dramatic improvement, then I need to stop dealing with computers and gaming entirely.
Cons: None that I can see at the moment.
Pros: Stays Cool under load, Overclocks easily, Quiet; well, quieter than the gtx 285 its replacing. Plays everything I throw at it so far smoothly, I havn't tested out all the games most players are insane about these days, however, all the games I have thrown at it play at max settings (except Antialiasing set to 4x) at a steady 60 frames per second (give or take 5 frames) flawlessly at 1920x1080 resolution.
Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Portal 2, Fallout 3, Dragon Age (Mage with all kinds of sustained effects running), Dragon Age 2.
I'll test out Battlefield Bad Company 2, Crysis, Crysis 2 and the Call of duty's later, but so far this is a budget gamer's dream come true.
Cons: None that I can tell so far. I havn't pushed the fan all the way up to max so I cant say how decent or bad that is.
I could complain about price, but why? It plays everything out there right now, smoothly, and costs at least $150 cheaper than the GTX 580. You're getting what you pay for, and in this case, it seems like you get the better end of the deal. The size is also good for medium sized cases.
I do not have multiple monitors to test out how well this runs in a multi-display setup. I also don't have sli to give a sli review. but if you're going that route, you're not exactly a "budget" gamer anyway, so I'll leave that to the pros. Biggest "con" I have right now is not having enough time or money to be one of the pro's or test out all the games I want. Oh well, in time, soon enough.
Overall Review: I wrote this review the way I did because most reviews for critical components on this site doesn't say what most people need to know "if they're new" to this, especially if they don't understand acronyms like OC, L33t, AA, AF, etc.
I certainly wont claim to have the best review out there, but I'm going to make this as easy as I can for beginners.
That said, I have OC'd (overclocked) this card to match what the "superclocked" version runs at which is:
Core clock: 900
Shader clock: 1800
Memory clock: 2106
and manually set the fan speed to 50%
all of this is done in the Evga Precision program that comes with the graphic card.
now keep in mind that this Overclock classifies as weak to most players. but it works more than well enough for me. and the temp hasn't gone over 62 degrees C.
If you want to build a awesome "budget" system, then this card would be one of the best to go with.
Pros: The Pros are that this thing plays everything i have smoothly at average 70-60 FPS minimum. Call of Duty 5, half life 2, HL2 Ep 1, bioshock. Insane visuals
Cons: This will sound very tacky, but the only cons i've had were price world of warcraft, and they released a 2 gig version of this card that failed to get.
Overall Review: Sorry folks, i'm not rich, so i dont have the money to get these hardcore "leet" overclocked, overtricked systems.
I do have a new phenom 2 x3 a gigabyte board to go with it, and this vid card. the system is insane "WITHOUT" adjusting it. right now my hard drives are the bottle neck. i'll overclock the cpu when i have time, between work and the kids.
i can play everything on max settings without a single hiccup except for world of warcraft, fps fluctuates between 60.1 and 35 depending on whats going on, average 50 fps. The important thing to take from this is that if you're looking for a card that will give you a solid 60 fps in everything (no, crysis does not count and therefore I did not test it) then this is the way to go. its also pretty darn quiet, which I found very surprising. I intend to oc the board, then the card and watercool both, i'll get back with those details when that job is done.