If you’re a PC gamer, enthusiast, or photo/video editor, this video card could easily be for you. This card comes in at about $350.00 for the 2GB version, and about $430.00 (USD). The 2GB version is the only one worth the price (instead of getting the 4GB, just get a GTX 780). Both of these cards come factory overclocked and include the ACX cooling (Active Cooling Xtreme). The cards include a core clock of 1137MHz and a boost clock of 1189MHz.
When I first got the card, I was pretty impressed with the packaging. It included the box, a DVI to VGA adapter, some instructions, an instillation CD, a poster, and the card itself. The card was suspended in a plastic mold and wrapped in an anti static bag. The plastic mold felt pretty sturdy and shock absorbent but still pretty cheap. I did enjoy the EVGA Game of Pawns poster they included. There where also some EVGA stickers that are the same but opposite colors.
Installing the card was easy. Just pop it in to the PCIE slot, screw it in to the case, then plug in one six pin and one eight pin power connector. I use an Intel core i7 4770k processor and I was using integrated graphics so I had to disable that in the BIOS. You’re not required to install the software that EVGA includes, but I chose to, to get the newest drivers. EVGA’s precision X is used only for overclocking the card, memory, and chancing the fan speed and voltage.
Obviously, the first thing I wanted to do was test the thing out. So, I opened up battlefield 4 and was amazed by the performance that I was getting. On the High setting I was getting 90 FPS but on the Ultimate setting I was getting about 75 FPS. ArmA 3 was just as good, with a steady 60 FPS on High settings with max AA. I wanted to render some videos and the included NVIDIA Shadowplay was great for recording, so I wanted to see the final product. Let me just include something about NVIDIA Shadowplay. it’s a software built in to the GEFORCE Experience and it uses some built in hardware to record the game-play while minimizing the frame rate reduction. I was really happy with the result of this, because the picture quality of the .mp4 was almost better looking then the game itself. I used the CUDA rendering in Sony Vegas Pro 12, and the render times where cut more than in half.
I was really excited with the card, and I love everything about it. EVGA really out did themselves with this card. I recommend this card to anyone that wants to get amazing performance out of a consumer grade graphics card. It’s really a great computing device. In my opinion, the price for this was really a great deal and not much can beat it. The card has a great number of features that EVGA and NVIDIA packed in, and they still update their software to get even more performance. I’d rate this card 9.95 out of 10