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Solid performing card with good overclocking, susceptible to sound issues with wrong drivers
Submitted on Thursday, August 16, 2018
By Nick Funk
From Calgary SE
Strengths of the product
- Good thermal setup that cools the card efficiently - Overclocking is available out of the box using the Aorus Engine software - Performance in the latest AAA titles works great
Weaknesses of the product
- Has issues with sound output with the latest nVidia drivers
I got this card to better power my 4K gaming setup in the living room. I'm definitely not getting max settings with 4K resolution, but it works great for 1440p gaming at maximum settings. This card is great at pushing pixels and the current sales going on make it a steal (I picked mine up for ~$600 + IPR Warranty). Originally, I had installed GeForce Experience and was just letting it update the drivers as they came out, but started to notice some audio stuttering, crackling, and distortion while watching video and especially during demanding scenes while gaming. It got to a point where games were un-playable and video was stuttering every other minute. This began a two day adventure of re-installing Windows 10 - 64 bit fresh and debunking drivers. If you buy this card, do the following to get stable audio on your system: - Install nVidia Graphics Driver version 373.06 doing a custom install without GeForce Experience - Repeating that again, DO NOT install GeForce Experience - DO NOT install any Realtek Audio Drivers - Disable all audio devices in your Sound Control settings except for the one you are actively using - (Optional) Switch your power settings to "High Performance" Why do you have to do this? Windows recognizes the video card as a sound device, but the nVidia drivers don't fully support it and it will continue to try and re-recognize an already installed sound device (you can see this because the "new device" will flash into existence in your device list in the sound control panel constantly). To prevent issues you must disable all other devices so that this device popping up doesn't switch away your default audio device mid-game/video (partial cause of the stuttering). There are audio DPC issues with the 10 series nVidia cards on various motherboards. To combat this, use the older nVidia driver I have suggested that remedy these issues but seem to have become unsupported in the later drivers. If you want to test this on your machine for your own debugging purposes, go download latencymon (Win 10) or dpclat (Win 7/8) and try drivers until you get a latency below 100 microseconds. I gave this card a 3/5 as I've never had a graphics card that didn't have some kind of fiddling to make it work 100%. Hopefully this can be a bit of a "buyer beware" as its a bit surprising to be having these issues on a card that is 2 years old now, but it is what it is and there are fixes out there.