( 3.9 Average / 7 Ratings )
Fantastic card which works very well. Have not tried overclocking yet. Very stable (have used to mine altcoins) and also works well in games. Get great FPS with most of my games.
So far I love my purchase of this! I don't know if it's just me, but I find the back plate to be so sexy. Plus it is slightly OC'ed. I haven't pushed this that hard yet. I just ran a 3D mark test, and I was pretty impressed with the results. I downloaded TriXXX and started looking into overclocking. Does anyone know if I can manually control the fan speed on this GPU? I read online that they don't kick in until 60 C or above. According to Catalyst, my GPU hasn't even gone above 50 C in my case yet. I just want to make sure the GPU is functioning properly. If anyone knows anything about this, I would be forever grateful!
this graphics card drives just about everything i need at max settings at 1440p and is just incredible. i love the black aesthetic and the card is great about keeping everything cool with the temps never going above 74 with a quieter fan curve. I do knock one star because i got it before it had a backplate:(
AMD has disgraceful customer service. The cards are good, though.
Soooo happy with this buy. Black Friday deal from the amazing Overclockers UK, who sent it the next day well packaged for just £205+postage! It got a graphics score in the DX11 demo run on 3Dmark of 12800. Not sure if that's anything to go off, but haven't done any real benchmarking yet. That 8GB of VRAM is amazing used in GTA. I got 60fps+ at 1080p on GTA, at almost max on all settings and don't have many more demanding games yet (lol till the next weekly sale). Really smooth, decent drivers (Crimson was patched the day I finished my build). Oh also it's slightly outdoing my best mates GTX 970.. bring on the arguments haha. Due to price per FPS I'm going HAM on this card
A beautiful card, that works. But I could have spent a little more for a better one. The GPU is solid, yes, but it's frame rate just isn't as consistent as newer cards. The maximum frame rate is competitive, but he standard deviation is much higher than that of a similarly priced nvidia, or even a more expensive radeon card. And I didn't understand that standard deviation is more important than maximum frame rate at the time of building. If a GPU has a max frame rate of 150 but consistently or even occasionally bottoms out below 24FPS, it's not powerful enough. Putting a limit on the frame rate can help narrow the standard deviation slightly, but only slightly.
More importantly, I learned that clock rate is much more important than memory size. A low clock rate means that while doing anything that isn't rendering or editing you won't even be able to utilize the card's GB potential. Think of the memory size as the teeth, and the clock rate as the rest of the digestive system.(I know it's not 100% accurate, but the concept is helpful to understanding how the parts can be made to look better for gaming than they really are) If you have a big old mouth and bite of more than you can digest, you get backed up and can't take full bites for a while. If you have a tiny mouth and a huge stomach, you can't bite off food fast enough to fill it before it's ready for more. What you want in a GPU is something that has good synergy. If it bites too fast, it's wasteful. This GPU can bite WAY faster than it can digest, and so it usually hovers in the 2GB-4gb range when it's clock rate is using it's full potential.(I've seen it peak around 6GB when running multiple programs with on screen displays, and a heavy game with intense mods simultaneously) Does that mean it can't use it's full potential? No, it obviously can. It's just it usually doesn't need it with almost every game I've played. Yes, it is good that the card's memory isn't stressed, but the fact that it's not using it's memory capacity while it's core clock and memory clock are straining to the point of frame rate drops is slightly annoying. Yes, I understand that chipset has everything to do with it. You need architecture that matches your card's potential to better use it's assets. WHich is why an old architecture 8GB card and a new 8GB card can differ greatly even if they have similar specs. (and is why the 390X beats the 390)
For my uses, a higher clock rate 4GB-6GB card with a better chip set would have done much better.