( 4.6 Average / 86 Ratings )
JUST upgraded from a 760 to this MONSTER of a card, This thing is literally a god and scored triple on 3dmark then my 760, for 90 more dollars..... My 760 died and I got a warranty on it, they don't sell them anymore, so they gave me my money back essentially, bought this and will never look back.
What a beast. Managed +150 on the core, which showed 1.516GHz during benchmarking. Increasing the voltage to +35(maximum Evga's Precision lets me do) didn't let me do +160MHz so I decided to not fiddle with the voltage. It refused to run stable with any memory increase even at +140mhz, so I tried 135mhz on the core and +100 on the memory. Passed. Tried 135 and 200. Passed. 135 +300, passed. So I was pretty happy with this, but just wanted to know how much it would do. +700Mhz on the memory+135mhz on the core and it ran stable. Tried +800 and +750, but it failed both. That means 8.4Ghz memory 1.5GHz core. With no back plate and with the front heatsink not even touching the memory modules or the VRMs as far as I know.... Pretty insane. Either I hit the lottery or EVGA is king.
My old Zotac 970 wouldn't do more than +200 on the memory and +240 on the core. Resulted in around 1.45 ghz and 7.4 GHz. But this not only OCes better, but it also runs much cooler and quieter. To keep the Zotac under 70C, the fans would have to spin at 3.5k RPM. This one keeps it at 71-72c, OCed like a truck with 1500 RPM or so. The fans are off most of the time anyway. Even when I play League of Legends. Fans off and temps in the 50s. I've set a custom fan curve, where the fans don't move until it hits 60C and then scale up to 2800RPM if need be, to keep the GPU under 75C, so that it stays at its maximum boost. I don't get coil whine while gaming from the card itself, but I can hear it through my speakers. So I'm not sure whether to return the GPU or the motherboard. I would much rather return the motherboard, given how good this GPU overclocks.
I went with the 970 over the 290x as they are the same price here in the UK, and the 970 outperforms the 290x @ 1080p in most games. Especially in Far Cry 4, which is the most demanding game that I play. And it would cost me about £20 more to get the Sapphire 290x. I do not plan to upgrade to 4k in the next couple of years, so no I will not die because of my 970 not having enough VRAM to play League @ 5k. My screen upgrade plan is to go for 144hz 1ms. Whether it be 1080p or 1440p depends on how much money I will earn from my summer job this year. Hopefully I get one.
Great card performance wise, great looking card, horrible Coil Whine. Working with EVGA to RMA the thing after testing it in multiple computers with different PSU brands and wattage. At the desktop, it's silent, in any game (WoT, WoW, BF4, Bioshock Infinite, HoN) loud humming noise that goes up and down depending on frame rate and detail in the game. Limited to 60fps, still terrible. First time with EVGA, most likely my last time. Disappointed with a brand I thought was excellent from other people. Sticking with my main sources, MSI and ASUS.
Quality build and works great! No problems so far.
What can I say? This graphics card works very well and can handle all games on high-ultra settings at 1080 at a nice fps! I really recommend getting this as it is a nice bang for the buck!
So much better Gaming wise now,I am happy :)
Amazing card, if it weren't for the RAM issue. 3.5 gigs of the 4gb of VRAM on this card runs at full speed, whilst the other .5gb runs at a significantly slower speed. If games have to use that .5gb reserve, performance drops drastically. Still one hell of a card for the price, considering it can run every game I've thrown at it on 1080p, using ultra presets.
It used to be my dream to have all my games run without concerning about system requirements. This beast makes my dream come true. Got it then love it.
This card OC'd like a beast I was stable at +225mhz and +300 memory boost and with a correct fan curve it operates silently almost always. The card performs well minus some drops in boost clock sometimes.
Great card! Fan management leaves this card silent for the majority of the time.