Pros: Very Quiet
Cons: HDMI port/circuitry (maybe)
Other Thoughts: Sapphire has a very nice product here. The DisplayPort works great! Wish I had more time in the day to troubleshoot the HDMI port/circuitry. When I connect to my LCD via HDMI, a lightning bolt appears sporadically across the screen. Could be the HDMI port/circuitry on my monitor or signal processing somewhere else. In any case, I am glad that I encountered this issue because I learned that I like DisplayPort better than HDMI, at least for my PC monitor setup. Thank you Apple for DisplayPort! Newegg did an excellent job of packaging and delivering this product. Thank you Sapphire, AMD, and Newegg!
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Pros: FAST - this reference based card will destroy today's and tomorrow's games.
Cons: BIG - this card will need room. I'm using a Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA Gaming Super Tower so room wasn't an issue for me. I also tested the fit inside a APEVIA X-TROOPER Series X mid tower and it still fit just fine with at least a half inch before hitting drive bay.
Other Thoughts: When you buy anything with "970" after that first digit understand that you are buying a cutting edge that is so sharp you may very well cut yourself. Games will sometimes have weird glitches and videos can have artifacts. Drivers fix these kind of issues, but you have to wait for them. (As of this posting the 12.7 Beta catalyst has corrected all my issues with games.)
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“FAST - this reference based card will destroy today's and tomorrow's games.— TuneUP 7/21/2012
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“Very Quiet— Brant 11/9/2012