Summary: This design is physically identical to the original AMD cooling design. Cooling air exits outside PC case. Fan noise is very low. Mine was reconditioned, so saved cost. No "quick start" guide provided!
Summary: The video card gets hot, like 80°C, in 5 to 10 minutes of Battlefield 3 and this is very odd (the fans are OK) but the card is very fast running every game 60fps at least, Crysis 3 45fps average. Running on PCI-E 2.0 x16 i5 750 @2.67GHz no bottlenecks.
Summary: I'm writing this review after ordering this card a long time ago. The card itself is a powerhouse, but the difference between the 6970 and the 7970 is not that huge. My reasoning behind ordering it is to run 3x 1920x1200 monitors in eyefinity.
Summary: I'll just go through my experience. I've owned several video cards in my short lifetime. I've owned a Radeon 9600 All in Wonder, X1900XT, 4870 512mb, a 5770 1GB, Crossfire 6870s, and a 7970 B.E. Honestly, I've wasted a lot of money upgrading when I didn't need to, but oh well I did it already.
Pros: Affordable, looks amazing, very fast, a very solid, well made cooler.
Cons: Runs a little hot as most 7970s do, cooler is fairly loud at max speed, at some point they stopped using reference card,
Pros: The card works extremely well will the Catalyst Control Engine, which is provided by Radeon. All aspects (Aside from SSAA) work well and the picture is extraordinary. It is possible that two of these GPU's are needed with CrossFire Technology in order to use SSAA for higher quality imaging. Insta...
Cons: There is a drastic performance drop-off when Anti-Aliasing is switched from Multisampling (MSAA) to Supersampling (SSAA). With a card of this power, I would have expected that it would be able to support advanced graphical settings. Crysis 3 and Star Craft 2 have both frozen on me within minutes ...
Summary: If you know what your doing and you dont cheap out on a powersupply and good ram .. and good cooling.. large case with 4fans min..
Pros: Not quite sure what all the issues people are having with this card. Its quite stable on my system. Im going to guess that the people with issues have another issue with their systems..ram/power?? dont care this card rocks.