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Stellar....Or so I thought.
on April 4, 2014
[Original 5 Star review]- Don't buy a Titan. Or a 780/780ti. Or a 770. For $500 you can get two 760s and with sli get the same, if not better results as these other cards which alone cost $1,000, $750, and $350. These 760s leave nothing to the imagination. Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite, Hitman: Absolution, everything is beautiful (Minecraft, Just Cause 2, name it). Eventually (when I have the data available) I'll download Crisis 2 and see how far I can take these. That's just at stock settings. Shadowplay is phenomenal. Brilliant. You can record 1080p at 50Mbits/sec at 60fps and never encounter a stutter, AA, filtering, global lighting, shadows, etc. all set maximum. The fans are loud when the cards run at full load, so buy a 10ft DVI/HDMI cable if that's an issue for you. I haven't had any luck with EVGA Precision or other software from them. Some of it doesn't work. But, drivers are functioning. If EVGA ever gets their software working, I'll be sure to push these further, but even at stock frequency and voltage, this price, and the power consumption, these are unbeatable. That's why to box says "Number 1 seller of NVIDIA based products."
***[Edit January 2016]: For the first time I've decided to renege on one of my reviews. For a solid year and a half, I had been using dual 760s with no issues. They really have performed fantastically. But Fall 2015 began showing all sorts of problems when NVIDIA started putting out broken drivers. It has periodically gotten worse to the point where I've tried installing different versions of Windows just to get games to work (a variety, from Life is Strange and Fallout 4 to Minecraft and Kerbal Space Program, no luck). Now, trying to rollback to older drivers is causing the NVIDIA control panel to stop working, I encounter constant crashing, and things generally behave strangely (even as simple as video flash players, Vines, etc. not working). I am wholly confident this is entirely a SOFTWARE issue and not a hardware problem. I am strongly considering switching to AMD just to have stable software, even if it means spending money on a new card and likely having less performance. Therefor I've changed my rating from 5 stars to 1 star; this is entirely justified I think, because I can't play games, which is the whole point of an enthusiast gpu. I'm honestly tired of NVIDIA's trash software. If AMD fails me like this, I'm going to have a fit and by an XBOX or PlayStation, for crying out loud. My $500 dollar gpu's have suddenly turned into expensive paperweights.
I guess some things are too good to be true.....So disappointed.
PSU: Seasonic Platinum Series 860 watt fully modular 72amps +12v
CPU: AMD 8350FX 8-core Base 4.0GHz-1.275v Turbo 4.2GHz-1.425v (Noctua NH-D14 cooler)
MoBo: ASUS Crosshair V Formula Z 990
SDD: Samsung EVO something or other 256GB
Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 over the 18 months, but lately W-7