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Pros: This card runs like a dream; solid construction, powerful cooling fan that forces air like flames from a dragon's mouth, slick design for enthusiasts who appreciate their machine from the inside.
Great option for those who don't have motherboard real estate to CrossFire, this is the most powerful single 5870 in existance (factory spec) and will do more than it's share of 24x edge-detect AA polygon destruction without having to invest $1000+ on a 5970 or ARES.
Devours whatever you throw at it, I've ran Crysis (DX10) on full screen 1080p with advanced settings at their max "very high" and AA x8 (at stock 900MHz clock)pulling on avg. 34 - 46 fps (core i7 980x and 6GB Corsair Dominator may help that too) but this card was worth it just to experience that level of gorgeous. For one ATI card at this price range to produce those results on a game that is optimized for NVidia SLI is outstanding.
Cons: I'm amazed to see so many guys complain about length. At 13" the only thing to get down on is what this bad boy does to your self-esteem. If you're looking for a power card for your beast rig and you're concerned about your work horse heart-and-soul component being too big and menacing than you simply don't deserve this card. Yes this thing is big, but it's full of raw angry power so get over it.
So, is thing really noisy? Not if you're using it right. While running Win7 and day-to-day city driving you'd swear it was a Prius. Idles very efficiently for OS and 2D apps. If you take her out for a spin on the freeway though and open it up like a Lambo from a bank robbery and you're gonna make some noise - but make no mistake if you're playing games quiet enough to hear your system fans again you're missing the point of this card. The fan is not that loud, what makes the noise is the amount of air it pushes out, emphasized by the fact the entire card is enclosed to contain the flow.
Other Thoughts: If you like spending a little bit more on quality, this card will reward you with a lot more in performance. It's fun, it's powerful, it doesn't quit, what more can you expect?
Just remember to treat it with respect by updating the drivers and don't use application settings on non-ATI optimized games, use the included ATI catalyst control settings for 3D settings to max out performance on Nvidia games and you'll be laughing at all the comparison benchmarks that don't take this into account.