Power hog out of the box, powerful cool running electricity sipper with some tuning
2 January 2015
Summary: This was (and still is almost 2 years later) a great card. I've not had a hiccup out of it since buying it. My only complaint is out of the box power consumption was way high compared to what it could have been. I undervolted the thing substantially while overclocking it a little.
Summary: A great performing card! This card is basically a rebadged 7950, and it performs closer to it than it does a normal 7870. Because of this it also can't be crossfired with the 78xx, but only the 79xx cards. I've been using this card for over a year, and it still plays everything I throw at it.
Summary: This card has performed wonderfully since April 25, 2013. It ran almost every game on the highest settings in 1080p with at least 30 FPS or higher. I loved this card until today on June 28, 2014 the colors went away and I was left with a black and white screen while playing one of my games.
Summary: I use this card for Distributed Computing projects which require good FP64 (aka double-precision floating point) capability. The 7870 XT has a variant of the Tahiti chip unlike other 7870s which use the Pitcairn chip. Tahiti has much better FP64 capability than does Pitcairn.
Summary: After a number of less-than-heartening experiences with AMD's Radeon products on Linux, I had largely given up on using them. I am glad that I tried one more time: this is quite a nice card, and it works great with Linux.