Originally Posted by Alatar
The review focuses on stock cards. In their opinion the card being twice as loud as a 780 at stock is almost a dealbreaker for a gamer who is looking to buy it for 24/7 use. I would not disagree. There are also no non ref cards available at the moment and 95% of people buying this are not going to change the cooler.
If you want them to start adjusting sliders then why not make the GK110 cards draw a bit more power, make them as loud and as hot as the Hawaii cards etc. for a "fair" comparison? Because that wouldn't be stock anymore.
CPU reviews use aftermarket coolers. Even Anandtech is using one on the i7-4960X they have running at 4.2 Ghz on the test system. Why don't they buy the stock air cooler Intel sells for these ? I'd like a review of the overclocking headroom and temperatures and noise for that.
This is a generational transistion. Ten years ago people also expected CPUs to run with the stock cooler, now they don't. Tom's Hardware slapped an Arctic Cooling cooler on the 290 and solved the problem, still cheaper than a GTX 780.
The thing with the review here is that the reviewer is basically recommending against this card because of the default fan profile when the user can adjust it to match exactly what he said. Come on, are you going to tell me that people who read Anandtech are not tech savvy enough to adjust a slider in the driver control panel ? Yes, the card will be slower, but it's also $ 100 cheaper, and acoustically reasonable, exactly what the reviewer is saying. I actually don't believe he re-read what he wrote, as it just makes him look biased. It's the overtly negative tone of the conclusion I'm against.Edited by tpi2007 - 11/5/13 at 5:00am