Best budget card I've ever had. Lasted 7 years before the fans gave out.
Tyler B., Newegg
26 December 2015
Summary: - I cannot think of a single con after 7 years. The bearings on one of the fans gave out and the card started to make a lot of noise after 4 years. I unplugged that specific fan and the card ran great for another 3 years with no issues. After 7 years both fans got worn down.
Pros: - Very quiet. - Excellent cooling. - Very sexy looking. - Excellent performance for the price. Most titles can be ran on ultra/high.
Summary: They played every game I wanted to play, with one expection. The only reason I moved onto a new card was because they could not run the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta. They would crash before I even got to the menu. Today's games are getting into the "2 GB VRAM" needed.
Pros: I bought two of these to run in them SLI. They played EVERY game I gave them with no problems. Obviously, I did not run them in the highest settings. They were quiet and efficient.
Cons: They collect dust so be sure to clean them, take them apart, get deep inside of them.
Summary: Probably still had some good legs in it but I messed up and power surged my system which killed it. It was starting to show a little age but still ran everything I threw at it at normal settings on 1080p. Big props to MSI for making electronics that actually last. I'm buying from them again.
Pros: Worked brilliantly at solid temps and low noise for over 5 years.
Cons: Only con that is perfectly normal is that dust REALLY builds up in the heatsink so you do have to clean that out semi-regularly. But even coated with dust, I never saw it hotter than ~67C in my not particularly well cooled case.
Summary: In the latest iterations of CCC, for the past year, I can't have a game going on the main display and have Facebook or something on a secondary monitor with a youtube video going - if so the display drivers crash all the time. I blame the drivers for this and not the cards.
Pros: I bought these cards in June, 2011. They have been in the same rig since then, and everything I've thrown at them it has done really well. I run three monitors, and game on only the HDMI out. Running in Crossfire, I've had hours of BF4, WoW, C&C3, CoDMW2 and 3, and now Star Citizen's Arena Comman...
Cons: They have been loud, but I game with a headset so not too big of a deal. Tried to software OC them once, and it (as expected) didn't pan out. But never needed them OC'ed to play any games.
Summary: Wasn't a bad card for the price at the time. There are MUCh better cards out there today.
Pros: Bought the card over 2 years ago. Runs good. Doesn't max the latest games, but anything from 2011 and under it does a pretty good job unless you're running GTA IV, which requires a beast of a card (or two).
Cons: I had a wire intruding in my fans space, causing the fan to vibrate. Sounded like a bike with cards in the tires. Tucked the wire back in it's original spot, haven't had an issue since. Tried overclocking it some, causes artifacts on my secondary screen immediately.
Summary: I've been around the block with MSI on several other pieces of hardware and should have learned my lesson then. Running a Beta test facility all the hardware gets moderate to light usage with short periods of heavy usage in boxes that are maintained weekly (cleaned, tested and so on).
Pros: Worked great for about 14 months under moderate use in a very well ventilated box then began to exhibit weakening
Cons: Purchased 01/07/2011 Now the fans are loud at start up and the GPU's seem to be weakening. I've got EVGA 8800's that still work today and even earlier cards in Beta test units that are still working. These were advertised with "Military Grade" components - Yea, right.