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Pros: So this is an update to my other two poor reviews.
I first got a card that emitted burning smells. The distributor replaced it. Then that card emitted the same smells after 3 weeks. This time I RMAed it to XFX. XFX replaced it but the replacement card overheated (first to 99C, then later to 101C!). XFX had me replace the thermal paste and rerun the test. 96C this time, which is 1C over the max this card should go. So, I RMAed this card too. They sent me a new card to replace and this runs UNDER 60C and handles everything I've tossed at it so far very well (even Far Cry 3 on 1920x1080 Ultra, despite what the other reviewer said).
All-in-all, I am very happy with XFX technical service. Tons of patience and very willing to work with me.
Cons: None so far!
Other Thoughts: Also used a XFX HD 6870, which also performs great for its age.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good performance
Cons: So as an update to my last 1 star review for TWO XFX R9 270Xs that produced burning smells that engulfed the entire living room, I am giving this replacement card a... 1 star as well. This one hits 99C in a 74F room. Running 3 120mm fans into case and 3 120mm fans out, with one that actually provides great airflow directly to the card. But when I place my hand by the exhaust port of the card while the fans are at 100%, there's barely any flow. This tells me that this thing does not push sufficient air at all. The heatsink looks aluminum too, while the heat pipes are copper. I've run the card for 2 weeks since receiving it from the RMA department. No visible dust anywhere (including on the other components because I vacuum the sucker quite regularly).
Other Thoughts: They better not make me pay shipping for the RMA again...READ FULL REVIEW
Cons: This is my second R9-270X-CDFC in two months. The first one emitted a burning smell immediately after running the first game on it at 69C. The smell engulfed my living room. Fortunately, the distributor RMAed it. The new replacement came and was fine for about two weeks before it also started emitting a burning smell at 74C Of course, this time, the RMA period from the distributor had expired, so my only choice was to RMA it with XFX. I'm realizing now why they run rebates on these things... so WE can pay for the RMA shipping back to them with the rebate we receive. How convenient eh? The distributor was nice enough to give me a return shipping label, but XFX won't. Hmmm... Waiting for the replacement card and crossing my finger that the third card is the charm... Oh and they take quite a long time to return messages via the online system, so I recommend you create a ticket online just to get a number and then call them at 1-800-880-3225.
Other Thoughts: Had a XFX HD6870 before it that did just fine in the same conditions and the R9-270X is basically an HD 7870. I wonder if the R9 line has issues?READ FULL REVIEW