Summary: The cooling performance of this card is out of this world. The fan is practically inaudible with the card in the test rig only a few feet away from me. The temperatures were very low as we've seen and the driver controlling the fan speed does a great job.
Pros: - Vapor-X Cooling, - Native HDMI, - 800 stream processors + 230GB/sec o memory bandwidth, - Black Diamond - Sapphire choke offers 10% cooler and 25% more power efficiancy than normal choke
Cons: - Hot competition from the many, many other 4870 cards out there., - Price.
Excerpt: Setting a new performance standard in its price range, the Radeon HD 4870 is a purchase that gamers with larger monitors— who don't want to drop more than $600 on a graphics card—won't regret.
Pros: Fast, Includes HDMI adapter, Excellent hardware video playback acceleration, DirectX 10.1 support
Cons: Blocks an adjacent slot, Can get loud during extended gaming sessions, Requires two power connectors