The GPU to get2/11/2013 8:00:46 PM

Pros: This card is a beast. Anything I have thrown at it, this card has completely blown away. Powerful: I have played BF3, Skyrim, GTA4, AC3, Saints Row: The Third, Civ V, and many other games all at max graphic settings (including AA). The only game that gave it pause was Metro 2033 which I required me to turn down the AA a little. Best of all I get 60 FPS most of the time in all of these games. Every time I've had FPS drops has been due to my CPU (see other thoughts). Cool: This GPU idles at a nice 30-35, and under heavy load it will reach about 55; never seen it go past that even after 5+ hours of BF3. Quiet: The cooler is completely silent, even under load I can't hear it. Drivers: NVidia has extremely good drivers for their cards; I've yet to have any problems with them what so ever. I've used the control panel to calibrate my monitors, and control some settings for certain games. But aside from update notifications, I don't notice the program running in the background. ASUS: I've purchased tons of ASUS products before, and have never been disappointed. They are really one of the few brands I trust right now. I've also dealt with getting a laptop repaired by them. The process could have been smoother, but they had my laptop fixed within a few weeks, covered shipping and repair costs completely, and only treated me with care and respect. This card has everything you want in a video card for a relatively cheap price compared to the newer Geforce cards.

Cons: None. That is truly saying something since I can think of at least one issue with every other part I bought for my build.

Overall Review: Don't cheap out on the CPU. I made the mistake of getting an AMD Phenom II X4 965 Quad-Core @ 3.4GHz CPU. So far it performs acceptably, but it is CLEARLY the bottleneck in every game I've played so far. If I had a good i5, I'd be getting 60FPS pretty much all the time. But in CPU-heavy games like Skyrim, my rig will drop my FPS to about 40ish in cities and places with large amounts of NPCs. Dish out the extra $50-$100 and get a nice CPU to support this card; you will notice the difference. I'm saving up for a new CPU now because of this. I've seen a lot of people building new PCs or upgrading and they are all going for 680s and 690s or 560 Ti's. I STRONGLY believe this is the card to get right now; this exact card from ASUS. There is no point in dishing out twice the money for a 680/690 because you will only see a few FPS difference. Even the 660 TI's are not worth the money. And the 560's are extremely dated now since they only have 1GB of VRAM. In games like Skyrim, VRAM is extremely important; in any texture-heavy game this is the case. In case you are wondering what my build is that this part was used in: -AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor -ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 -Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM -ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB -COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Case -CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W -G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 -GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3

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