Joined on 06/05/14
Gigabyte R7 240 rev2
Pros: Great entry-level card. Cheap enough to buy in quantities. You can use Crossfire for 2 cards. The memory spec is more than adequate. No matter what the spec complaints are, this beats integrated graphics by offloading heat or having to use shared memory. You can use this for CAD and Document, as long as you render/preflight somewhere else. I would say 3D rendering is not spectacular until clustered with several machines on Gigabit LAN.
Cons: Do not buy the resolution specs above 1920x1080. I have a Viewsonic that also specs above 1080 and could not get the card to push above that. While you can attach a second monitor, it would not be the same connection type and you risk heat buildup on the board. It runs prime at 80~88F(26-31C) which is standard for stock CPU/GPU heartsinks. Crossfire that. *Power gamers and 3D renderers need not apply. Buy this to get work done.
Overall Review: *If you have a mobo with only PCIe 2.0, do not fret. The card runs fine. Also, I read that the MacPros (as tech benchmark) only have 2.0! Other than games, graphics apps must be coded to utilize full bandwidth offered by a 3.0 x8/16 interface. Most do not. *Buy a mobo with 2 x16 slots. This is your entry into Crossfire. *THIS IS DDR3 MEMORY, NOT GDDR3! GPU-Z will incorrectly spec the card at GDDR3, which is actually DDR2 tech + graphics features. It is really DDR3, which is not bad. Many manufacturers skipped GDDR4, which only lasted months before GDDR5 came out; both of which are DDR3 tech + graphics features. Do not feel like you are getting ripped off. It is just not cutting edge. *This may be a good buy right now given the fact that DDR4 mobos came out. DDR4 point-to-point architecture may change video cards soon. I would not go out and buy a 500 dollar card without asking some hard questions. This Christmas until Summer 2015 may be product dump time. *This works with LinuxMint/debian branch. Match your card to the mobo. Word got out in the LinuxMint forums that MSI likes to only work with MSI. There were a lot of clone makers making systems with mixed cards that got nailed.