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Pros:

Well-priced, great design for keeping the GPU cool, and this card alone does better than two Sapphire 2GB 6950s in CrossFireX. That said, this card struggles in Unigine Heaven 2.5 when it's close to objects, with settings of high shaders, extreme tessellation, anisotropy of 16, 8x anti-aliasing, at a 1600x900 resolution. That is to say that this card will do everything in its power not to drop below 26fps at the toughest of conditoins. Average at those stats was 46-59fps, limited by my monitor.

It's also wonderfully quiet, even with a load. Or maybe I'm not giving it enough of a load when I max out benchmarks, Burnout Paradise, Bioshock franchise, Dirt 3, Borderlands 2, Portal 2, Dead Island, and other heavy hitters.

Cons:

Physical design does cause compromise for other cards beneath it, but I really don't see myself ever planning to shop for anything bigger than a wireless card, or a sound card if I'm getting -really- serious. Still, with slight adjustments, such things can fit beneath this card, depending on the motherboard.

Other Thoughts:

As I mentioned, I had two 2GB Sapphire 6950s in CrossFireX, and they were dropping to 16fps at those Heaven 2.5 stats, maxing 44fps. I don't think I've ever seen a 2GB Radeon card perform so well, but my current build is my first AMD/Radeon, just for the sake of having the experience. I do prefer Intel/AMD, but with this card, I'm really not all that intent on building another computer yet.

Rig
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AMD FX-4100 @ 4.2GHz (7.3)
Corsair H50
ASUS M5A97 R2.0
G.Skill 8GB 1600 (2x4GB) (7.6) (RMA with my two 8GB sticks, soon to make 16GB in this rig)
HIS 7870 GHz Edition (7.9, 7.9)
Corsair HX750
Crucial M4 64GB SSD (7.9)
WD Caviar Green 2TB HDD
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Corsair Carbide 300R windowed (with NZXT Hue for flare. >.o)

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