Pros: Very quiet TwinFrozr II cooler. 3 manual voltage checkpoints. Beautiful card. Good 3 year warranty. Performs very well over other GTX 460's.
Cons: 40% Minimum fan speed, RMA twice :(. Did not like voltages very well.
First off, I purchased this card off of another OCN member fresh from RMA.
First week of the card, I noticed it was unstable in some games. Artifacts, driver errors, etc. Would not take a small overclock. Reducing the clocks from stock 810\811mhz to 780 helped.
I folded with this card before playing any games, as it was time for team competitions. The card pulled great PPD and was notably cooler than other cards i've owned. If the card ran stable, it would be great, however it failed 40% of work units so I stopped folding on that card.
The card held quite well. With a peak overclock at over 900mhz, it would gain from 40->47fps over stock clocks in BF3 on ultra. (Framerate always depends on location. This is based on the exact same location and playing situations.) It was good enough to enjoy almost all games, if not, then turn down AA, AF, and shadows a tad. Very good for the price I paid.
This card's BIOS locks the minimum fan speed at 40%, which I found disappointing. I was able to create a custom BIOS that lowered the fan speed down to 30% and the card ran great. Noise was much less an issue. The cooling was excellent. Never exceeded 38c above ambient, under full loads. (and even then, fan speed was still set to around 70%.
Would I purchse this card a second time?
Yes, as long as I did not encounter artifacting and stability issues as before. I am very thankful MSI has a 3 year warranty on this card.