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Pros: Sli and Crossfire compatiable
Cons: I purchased this board with an i7 2600k processor 6 months ago. I noticed a couple weeks ago that the system would not start up properly after a shut down done through windows. I got around this by pulling the power cable and holding the power button for 30 seconds. Didn't bother me cause the system would run like it always did.
2 days ago I attempted to power my system on from sleep mode and nothing happened. After a couple attempts the system powers up and begins restarting after the splash screen! I am only able to press tab to see that the bios is an older version than what I use before this started happening. I believe in stable computing so I never OC'd anything!
I do some research and find a forum with over 79 pages of people complaining about different gigabyte products doing the same power cycling as my setup. This is my 4th build and first using gigabyte. I will never buy another gigabyte product and I RECCOMMEND THAT YOU AVOID gigabyte boards at all costs.
Other Thoughts: I regret buying this junk. I had an Asus P5N-D that I tried every kind of overclock with and everytime it failed you know what happened? The board worked and powered as it should. I did NOT attempt any overclocking with this one cause I felt it had the sufficient power and speed. It does, just not the reliablity or dependability as I cannot even put this thing into sleep mode without it failing.
Judging from the other one eggers I was lucky enough to get 6 months out of this thing. BUYER BEWARE!
Pros: - Affordable Dx11 option
- Affordable Tessellation option
- Despite being factory overclocked, you can still push a little bit more out this card
- Runs exceptionally cool even though my mobo isn't high-end. Average full load temps run between 70'C and 78'C. Read other thoughts....
- Card design is perfect for a case that has limited space. Read other thoughts...
- Specs + benchmarks in relevance to cost rival those of the GTX 470, HD5830, and even the HD5850. Two of these SLI'ed match the cost of one GTX480 and surpass it in performance. Read other thoughts...
- Under heavy load the card runs quiet
Cons: - Only 2-way SLI compatible (so affordable it would be nice to have the option for a third card)
- Limited warranty from Palit (EVGA offers a lifetime warranty)
If you are a tech geek this card is built on the GF-104 Fermi chipset. Recently the GTS450 was released and it runs on the GF-106 chipset. (This is not a con unless you want to run the NEWEST chipset)
- I don't have two of these cards
Other Thoughts: I am running this card on a P5N-D Asus mobo. My entire system is a mid-level build. Which means no liquid cooling, no cpu cooling, etc and this card running Just Cause 2 (included for free when I bought the card) at max settings with 4 AA + 16 AF, heats up to about 75'C to 80'C.
If you have a limited amount of space in your case this card's design might be the answer to your troubles. Measuring in at 7cm it is slightly smaller than its contemporaries. And even better the power connectors are located on top of the card instead of the end.
If your spending limit is around $250 to $500 dollars it's best to weigh the options. This card by itself will outperform a GTX465 and offer results a step below the GTX 470. Considering the 470 is about $280 to $350 dollars, that's great value. Value aside this card runs cooler and more efficient on the new gpu chipset. Two of these cards outduel a GTX 480 and cost about the same, $500 and runs significantly cooler.
Great card IMO