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Pros:

To explain the 4890 series really is like xp over me or windows 7 over vista... when the 4870's came out they were hotter, used more power and broke quickly. The 4890 however uses less power stays within safer temp's and performs well with the frame boost of direct x 10.1 support.
Its comming down in price slowly.. Its faster than a $400 Nvidia eqivilent. Its deffinately got some longevity in crossfire with two of these and a total of 4gb DDR5 memory. Deffinately a financial and performance no brainer over the 5000 series with not so major DX 11 updates for windows 7 due shortly. But currently a 3850 512mb card runs windows 7 with no hiccups. Basically if you want to play games or render large HD video with most settings maxxed and the lasting power of possibly buying a second card when main stream games even require one!?. BUY THIS CARD! If you have lots of money buy 3 and have one framed to look at around the house when you need a pick me up! just think longterm and its a steal.

Cons:

Only a few games use anywhere near 2gb of memory (not really a con) but if your penny pinching and not interested in a great longterm buy this would be a con.
It is large and does require a 500w power supply. Dont listen to the power hungry gamer kids you can run this card and your system effectivly standard or overclocked with the sub $70 500w Modular OCZ supply on Newegg! thats the only real reason for getting this card over the 2gb 4870 is its lower power consumption , heat and a few mhz.
I duzent like small cases or weak airflow you have been warned.
The Vapor x heatsink system sticks out and makes it a wide card for those using boards with SATA connectors grouped anywhere near or inline with the PCI express slot. an example would be any micro atx Gigabyte board (remedy with right angle SATA cables)
I wouldent reccommend messing with the fan speed which is allowed in Catalyst Center on this version easy to cook the card but it does have safety features for mistakes!

Other Thoughts:

The software with this card is useless just throw it in the trash. I favor the ati/amd website serch for either in google to find your drivers.(perks are newest releases and AMD has produced a great little app with this card that allows you to stop all the resource hungry microsoft apps running in the background when gaming or benchmarking with your card). very well done ATI/AMD. Overclocking this card is not suggested due to the vapor x technology which may be quiet and coolish at stock but gets overwhelmed easier than blind ladyboy in a wiener factory when overclocking.
Recycled box.
the little blue led light is pretty if you like that.

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