Summary: The tradeoff is that it uses 2 1/2 slots. A vga/dvi adapter is included, but the power adapter is not. The card has two 8 pin pci-e power connectors (not 8 and 6 pin as listed on the box and specs.
Summary: i received the card, and the card itself works fine. however the "packaging" it came with was abysmal. all it had was a Burned cd (TDK brand) with generic drivers, and a dvi>vga adapter wrapped in shrink wrap with a extremely generic quick guide (seriously it refrenced s-video adapter) and NO POWER CABLES, it specifically says on the box that it was supposed to have at least 1 8 pin power connector (which this card requires 2 to function).
Summary: **Note: This review is technically for the EVGA Superclocked version of this card, however I was sent this one on accident (and it was my first choice originally). The EVGA is just a slightly more powerful variant. This review still applies to this product** Before this one I was sitting on a dated Radeon HD 5670 which just wasn't cutting it anymore.
Summary: So beast! They have the wrong picture up though, this card does not have the reference cooler it has a giant fan in the middle that spins in a different direction than the smaller outside fans reducing noise and increasing stability. Overclocks great after stock OC +125mhz and +200mhz memory clock. I had the 780 OC for about two weeks before I returned/upgraded and this card is on another level!
Summary: just a slight difference between my 8800GTX, which is still running folding at home. great card. i cant really comment too much because i had such a big leap from a card that lasted me 8 years and counting. i dont understand why people are not buying these more than evga. they dont even have lifetime warranty like pny. besides if you compare the same card across multiple manufactures ... you will see they are identical.
Summary: I am playing bf3, bf4, titanfall, assassins creed black flag. it is an expensive card. the performance is there. r9 290x was the same price as the 780ti and r9 290 price was 50$ cheaper. the 780ti was my first high end nvidia card. i may buy another one if the price is much less. i registered it online for their warranty. no problems installing the card and updating the drivers was easy too.
Summary: This card packs a punch with it's high clock speeds and great memory. Although it's not as good as the new cards on the market, it will be well over enough to run any current games on the market (on ultra) with ease. Unless your planning on doing professional 3D rendering, this card will exceed anything you throw at it. No need for the new cards. I also suggest picking the price from Memory Express and matching it at future shop for the best deal.