Summary: For about a month after it arrived there was an issue with the drivers where it the card would not run at full speed. Instead of the 1050 MHz it was supposed to run at, it was running at 450Mhz in game. Eventually with the new drivers (12.11) this was fixed and I get silky smooth gameplay (60FPS w/vsync) in BF3, ME3, and just about anything I throw at it (with the exception of DayZ...).
Summary: Upgraded from Radeon 5870 to 7870 and 3DMark 2011 scores are as follows: - AMD Radeon 5870 scored 4681 marks. - MSI Radeon 7870 scored 6713 marks. In both cases neither cards were not overclocked manually and system is Intel Core I2500k at 4.2ghz with 4GB of RAM. Motherboard P67A-GD55. Been using MSI products for many years without a single DOA or missing parts. As far as the MSI Radeon 7870 design - cooling at least - differs from the AMD reference design.
Summary: This card has performed admirably so far. Handles all of my games at max settings (1920 x1080) without breaking a sweat. Stays very cool and quite silent, 28 C at idle with 30% fan speed (ambient room temp of 74 F), have yet to see it go above 60 c during any application. Have owned a couple of MSI motherboards in the past and they were quite stable and reliable, this is my first foray into their VGA cards, and I am impressed with the overall quality of the product.
Summary: So far I've been playing on these cards and throwing ultra settings on every game. They handle any game with high settings like a champ. So far no cons, and my cards came quicker than expected. packaging and everything was placed neatly inside the box it came in. so far Crossfired/ultra settings/ 1-2 hours of BF3, they haven't reached pass 48C amazing. Going to OC them and will update my review on their temps.