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Pros: I have owned a variety of gpus over the last 10 years and started building systems to overclock about 5 years ago. This is replacing two factory overclocked 660 gtx cards in sli. Yes this one card is faster. Those two 660s were faster than the original 780, and yet this one is faster by 10 to 40 fps. I'm running a burn in test with Kombuster and this card refuses to crack 73 degrees when I push the boost clock to 1550/ voltage +12. With no voltage change this card's driver crashed once at 1502 boost clock while running Heaven at 1080p. I'll keep testing to see how close I can get to 1600 before overclocking the ram.
Cons: The cooling takes up 3 slots and this card is a fatty. Also I can't tell if my overclock settings are taking affect with the this firestorm software until I start running a benchmark. MSI Afterburner is a better software, but i have to use Firestorm if I want to change the voltage for this card.
Other Thoughts: I will get one for the time being until I see the next kepler cards from nvidia. If it makes more sense to buy a second one at that point Zotac and Gigabyte will be at the top of my list. EVGA really messed up the the coil whine old cooler issue.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The price is not a plus if this thing blows out your system within a year
Cons: Purchased the 850w version of this power supply initially a year ago figuring it was better than my OCZ 700w. Within 3 months my single MSI 580 GTX starts crashing with bsod, locking the computer up first while gaming then eventually while playing a video or surfing the web. So through troubleshooting I replaced my motherboard, 2600k cpu, and reinstalled windows. No luck. Now the 580 is offically dead in less than a year of ownership. No problems before owning this power supply, but over the course of 3 months my gpu is dead. Unfortunately I still hadn't put the pieces together.
MSI replaces my gpu due to warranty and I'm thinking "Maybe my Raidmax 850AE isn't powerful enough to handle my overclocked cpu, gpu, and ram. Let's swap it for a 1000w instead." So I upgrade to this piece of **** last August 2011. Around May 2012 I started getting bsod about twice a week. Then it became more frequent. By July I was getting 3 a day. RMA another gpu first week of August. Blown in a week. Pic
Other Thoughts: The other reviews not sure why after a few months those blue screens and crashes are starting to happen more frequently, this is why. Start by replacing this power supply first before it damages anything else in the computer. An more expensive 600w power supply by a more reputable company is far more reliable than this poorly constructed computer killer with the cool toolbox and white fan. Get Corsair, Antec, or anybody else with a sold reputation and more than one review on the web. Even that review keep bringing up that this PS misleads consumers about the quality. Stay away. The price my look good, but in 6-8 months plan on replacing some burned out parts...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The card performance is awesome. Without overclocking, I was able to get 3x the framerate as the 5870 in the Lost Planet 2 Benchmark with all Directx 11 features at Max. OCed to 800MHz.
Cons: It was delivered a few hours ago as a replacement for my 5870. Surprisingly I can't plug in my 25ft HDMI cable because there's no adapter included or HDMI slot on the card. The card comes shipped with a proprietary cable with an HDMI end to plug into your TV. At a time when HDMI has become a standard on every high end card, this is unacceptable. So I can't use my new card unless I a) go out and buy an adapter b)rearrange my furniture so I can use the short proprietary cable or c) order an adapter from MSI directly. Luckly, after an hour of tearing my house apart I found the DVI to adapter that came standard with my 4870. Next, the cd drivers refused to install, as well as the drivers from the website. Only by going to the Control Panel using Windows Update was I finally able to get the card to work.
Other Thoughts: Another brand that comes with a real HDMI input or DVI to HDMI adapter will prevent a lot of frustration that I have had as a first time buyer of MSI products. Try XFX. I'm using their adapter on this card right now.READ FULL REVIEW