Summary: I've had this card since april 2012 and the fan would start spinning and stopping and then repeat itself. Its making loud noises and it's sad that my old computer outlasted this one. I am gonna have to contact the xfx manufacturer to see what happens... Initially there are no issues but after 30 minutes or so, the fan would start this spinning and stopping process. It's so annoying...
Loud, hot, and random pixelation on the first card
Fozzy Fozborne, Amazon
30 August 2012
Summary: I do not usually write low reviews based on a single aspect of a product, but this video card is an exception. I installed this card in my new build and fired up the original Crysis. Within a few seconds the card went from an acceptable noise level to one that was completely intolerable. This was only running at 62%. After about 15 minutes the card ramped up to 80% and I had to turn the volume up considerably to be able to hear my game.
Loud..louder than the combined noise of all case fans in my desktop
FYI guy, Amazon
9 May 2012
Summary: At 130$ after the rebate, I gave it a try even though I saw many warnings about the high noise level of this card. May be mine was a lemon, but I think there were too many complaints about the noise. I tried to say myselft that I could keep it because of the incredible price of 130$. However, I finally gave up after trying to play games at nighttime since it ran like a little jet engine inside my desktop.
extremely loud and overheats very easy, get the ZDFC
George P. Nychis, Amazon
28 April 2012
Summary: It's hard to describe in words how loud this card is, but it was unbearable to me. I tried running things like Afterburner to tone the fan down, but even running at 40% it was extremely loud. Play a game, and you'll find yourself cranking up the game volume to overpower the noise of the video card. I was turning up Skyrim as loud as I could to try and drown out the fan noise. It's just way too loud. It would heat up very quickly.
Summary: A lot of reviews that this card is loud, but for $130 after rebate, I overlooked the reviews and pulled the trigger on this card. Turns out they weren't kidding, it is very loud. The temperatures could not be kept low, even when idle. Under load, this card alone made my computer sound like a refrigerator. My computer case has 8 fans, plus a water pump for liquid CPU cooling, but it was relatively silent compared to this single XFX 6870 card.
Summary: This card is VERY LOUD. i tried to run it in crossfire and it was a joke. The card instantly got insanely hot and maxed out the fan. Even then, running a very low intensive game (League of legends) it was pushing 80 degrees C!!! this is just unacceptable to me. This maxed out the fan and people in the next room were asking what the noise was. I was hesitant o push the card any further for fear of overheating.
Summary: Fan was extremely loud. But it gets worse. Granted, the settings on the newest games were able to look and play wonderfully well, the card only lasted 2 days before dying. All of the sudden, nothing. Blank screen. I did the normal investigative items, and I have a bad card. We call this "infant mortality" in the computer industry. I have been an Nvidia guy my whole life, but I ventured off the path.
Summary: Card installed and ran games fine, however, the fan cannot run slower than 50% at idle (unless you change to manual control in AMD Overdrive). This makes the card very LOUD! AMD cards tend to be louder but this is ridiculous. For my HTPC I swapped in a EVGA GTX560 Ti and I can't even hear the fan at 50%. Still has bitstream dolby/dts!
BSoD after 2 days of use. Amazon with A+ Customer Service
John Song, Amazon
23 August 2011
Summary: First off, I'll start what's in the box. - Video card - Manual - Driver CD - Door knob hanger reading "DND: I'M GAMING" There are no power cables included since XFX expects you to have them from the newer PSUs. There are no adapters. I was told that you can request a Xfire bridge from XFX for free, but I have no plans to go multi-GPU anytime soon. I installed the newest drivers from AMD's website.
Summary: Can play semi decent games at a playable framerate but better GPUs out their for similar price nowadays, also runs EXTREMELY LOUD & very hot. Unfortunately with mine the fans would stick to around 30% and would never budge even when the card hits the 90C, so was forced to install separate software to manage its cooling.