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Pros: Played everything I threw at it (Skyrim, BF3, GTA IV, and practically all of the Steam library) at well beyond 60 FPS. It's got the ability of an nVidia card sold at $300 for almost half the price ($169.99 when purchased), and is highly recommended for use in upper-mid range PCs. There is also an awesome amount of overclocking room in this card, and boosting cache and core clock 30+% didnt really push the card too hard or hot until past the 50% range. Some of my past cards have given my case a vibration from the fans, and this card is extremely stable and has no fault with build quality or rigidity.
Cons: Like the title suggests, this card is a beast. Its HUGE, and it had the side panel of the ATX mid tower bulging slightly when I got it installed. I had to remove my drive mounts and PSU to easily fit it into the slot. It also takes 2 power cables (1x6port and 1x8port), which isnt particularly a problem, but rather a personal gripe of mine. HD6970 is fairly heavy and it was a slight concern, but it mounts very sturdily. It also gets a little loud fan noise running intense applications, such as Crysis 3, which had a few hiccups among the relatively good 38 FPS I squeezed out on max with my second HD6970 rig. I never worried about it falling apart, but I would have loved an aluminum body shell rather than the fairly flimsy plastic one.
I run Ubuntu dual-boot w/ Win7, and on windows, the fan is quite with a low voltage idle during normal web-browsing, movie watching, typing, etc., but on Ubuntu, this thing is kicked up lound and it blows a TON of hot air right onto my side panel, making it hot to the touch, which my previous card (GeForce GT620), never did. Ubuntu has no obvious GPU voltage or other settings, so you will need to know terminal commands to override the defaults as far as i know.
Other Thoughts: An awesome card for moderate enthusiasts and hobby builders, but too much for grandma's Farmville.READ FULL REVIEW