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Summary This thing is a beast, it is a bit pricey but worth every penny. It rips through Crysis and other demanding games on my 1920x1200 Very very easy to overclock with the EVGA overclocking utility It comes with a 8pin to molex connector which is meant to be used temporarily, so make sure you have a 8pin connector for your PSU Also, this is a very large GPU as most modern cards are nowadays, but it shouldn't be a problem for most cases these days. Looks good too :)
Pros -One of the best performing cards out there -Got it for 404$ -Runs most demanding games with relative ease Fastest Single GPU solution next to GTX285 which juuuuust came out
Cons -Lack of Power Efficiency at about 230 watts on load... woah! -Big Card, may have trouble fitting in some cases -Adequate airflow is recommended
Summary This card is great, been playing Crysis with the graphics cranked and it spanks it like a new born baby. And of course it manhandles games like Battlefield 2, and Oblivian. I havent played much else on it but man does it ever crank out some beautiful graphics. This is an easy 5 out of 5... That being said... Take a look at the GTX 285's, I bought this a week before they came out, they may be a better option now.
Pros Powerful, easy to install, lifetime warranty, quiet
Cons Not the best deal for 600 bucks
Summary Upgraded from my 9800GTX to this card and I must say I am pretty impressed! I used to play Crysis at 'standard' settings but now I can play 'Ultra' 1980x1080 (no AA) with 35-50 FPS average; FarCry 2 'ultra high' 1980x1080 (4x AA) benchemark 40-50 FPS average. I got it on sale for $384.99 and I'm very very very satisfied.
I highly recommend this product when it's on sale but don't buy it at $600, instead you should get a 285GTX or even a 295GTX for $650
Summary Well, I wasn't able to test this baby because it was defective. I have to acknowledge how professional NCIX team is. I had it RMA'd last Tuesday and I got a response today. Really fast! I bought GTX 260 216 which as fast as stock GTX 280 and much cheaper.
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Pros Speed OC'ability Overall Performance Great Heat Expulsion System
Cons Still Pricey Requires a lot of Horsepower if planning to SLI
Summary Very solid GPU....am very impressed with the overall speed. Remeber to select Fan Speed to 75-80% while playing Graphic Intensive games, such as Crysis. With Fan speed set to 80% Temps will hover around 72c in intensive parts of Crysis. You may a little more for the SSC vs Vanilla and although the Vanilla Cards MAY OC well, this Card is presently running n 725/1475/2420 respectively....very nice OC. Am considering another for SLI, however, due to the power requirements, will also have to ditch my PC P&C 750W for the Corsair HX 1kW. Total upgrade for 2nd GTX280SSC will be around $900..ouch!
Summary I love this card but beware of 2 things. It is long so make sure it will fit your case before you buy, The other is make sure you have a newer power supply that has the 8 pin plug. I ended up buying a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 quad to run this card. The Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W i bought last year was not up to the task
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