Summary: I bought this video card because I was having problems with a similar ATI 4850 card from years earlier. I didn't want to upgrade to a new card for fear that it wouldn't fit in my small micro case. I purchased this product because it was exactly what it was described to be.
Summary: The cards are getting dated, however they are a solid card. this model in particular uses a big heat spreader rather the huge heat sink that other manufacturers use. the smaller footprint can free up some additional slots. as long as the card you put next to it does not block the in take.
Summary: As an avid hobiest that happens to build computer systems for fun since 1976, I choose ton build units two generations behind cutting edge cheeper and more reliable because the products have proven themselves,I use gigabyte asus and sapphire card for video they have proven to be good bets over time. This one has no fan and works up to par with cooled units warmer yes but case fans are necessary in either usage so warmers OK.
Summary: HIS is the only way to go I have had several of their cards and love them all. Bought these to replace 2 3850's that finally went out after 4 years of service. Keep them clean so they cool and they will out perform any card on the market.
If you can, go ahead and crossfire with 2 or more of these!
18 September 2011
Summary: At this point, a 4850 would be great in a crossfire and thats what I will use it for. Tomshardware.com has a graphics heiarchy chart that would place two 1gig versions of this card in the same tier as a 6950. And as far as Dx11 goes, that won't take off until new consoles have it. Game makers won't make many games that won't cross platform.