9/23/2013 10:17:02 AM

Pros: Great performance, reasonable temps, an overall great upgrade from my old Radeon 5870. I bought the card primarily for the extra VRAM and its ability to be used in the new Adobe CC suite as hardware acceleration. Played all of my games maxed out and ran all Adobe and CAD products that I own flawlessly (except After Effects; see other thoughts). The free games are an awesome bonus as well; you're essentially paying ~$150 for the card.

Cons: Artifacts. Screen Freezing. Screen Locking. After installing the card, I proceeded to throw anything I had at the card to try and slow it down. It took everything like a champ, until Saints Row IV. After exiting the game, I got strange artifacts and glitches on my screen, until the screen turned a light blue color with horizontal white lines. I say, "alright, new hardware probably just needs a burn in, so let's reboot." After the reboot, as soon as my Windows login screen showed up, same story, screen freezes but everything else seems responsive (sounds still come from the PC). Having exhausted my options this weekend searching for a solution and trying a plethora of options (BIOS update, re-installing all drivers, re-seating the card and trying a different PCI-E port), I have caved an filed for an RMA for the first time in my eight years shopping at Newegg. I will write an updated review as soon as I can test the new unit.

Overall Review: Apart from the unfortunate artifacting, the card held up well under stress. It was only in Windows that everything went haywire. One thing that I didn't realize about the Adobe suite; After Effects DOES NOT yet use AMD cards for hardware acceleration. That is still strictly a CUDA feature, but with the new CC update utilizing AMD products in the rest of the line (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Media Encoder, Photoshop, etc.), there will likely be an update to this soon.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello, we're sorry you are having issues with this card. Since this is artifacting, it could be a plethora of issues. Please contact me at neweggsupport@xfxforce.com to resolve any issues that you have. Thank you