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Pros:

-Runs everything I throw at it at maxed out settings. BioShock Infinite and Battlefield 3 (both at 1920x1080) get between 50-60 average fps, and it never drops below 60fps for Starcraft 2 or Diablo 3. It can handle Crysis 3 with all graphics settings maxed, 4x Anisotropic filtering with FXAA enabled.
- Massive overclocking headroom. This thing ships at a "boosted" 975Mhz, mine can easily hit 1100Mhz without any voltage changes.
-Overall fantastic 7900 series performance for a 7800 price. They seem to go out of stock quickly for this reason, get 'em while you can!

Cons:

-memory becomes unstable when overclocked (but the stock 1500mhz is really good anyway, so not really an issue)
- Gets quite warm, upper 60s C when gaming, even on stock frequency settings
-Longer than a 7950! But still fits fine in my Rosewill Blackhawk (Mid tower)
-Fans seem to vibrate between the 50-60% range, not loudly, but still mildly irritating.
-Had some driver issues with CCC 13.1, see other thoughts

Other Thoughts:

Running this card on an ASUS Z77 board, i5 3570k @ 4.3 Ghz, 8 gb Corsair vengeance @ 1600mhz.

I had some artifact issues on some games (specifically StarCraft2 and The Witcher 2) using the 13.1 CCC drivers, however when I updated to the 13.4 version the problems thankfully vanished. I guess the moral of the story is since the 7870 XT is kind of a hidden gem, more attention will be required to find the correct drivers. Don't be afraid to see if the beta drivers on AMD support page work better! Happy Gaming!

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  • Justin H.
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year


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