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Pros: Almost GTX570/660 performance for $120. Can't beat the performance at $120.
Cons: None, for the price.
Not really a con, but this card is not a high end card, so do not expect max settings on all games.
Other Thoughts: I bought this card on sale and with rebate. For $120 this card is an excellent value. For the original price of $170 (if you can't get it on sale/rebate) I would think about spending a little more and getting a GTX660 or 7870 LE (sale/rebate).
5 eggs for $120
4 eggs for $170
I own both the GTX 570 and 7870 LE and have compared the performance of all three cards.
Pros: Got this on sale for $208.
Best bang for your buck.
Cons: Fan is not the quietest. I have mine idling around 30% so it's not louder than any other component in my case. However, during gaming you can definitely hear the fan. No egg off as this is what you can expect from this type of fan design.
Other Thoughts: Replaced a GTX 570 on my second gaming computer. Performance is better, but overall not super amazing.
This card does not max out every game at 1080P (I have this paired with an i5-2500k and 8GB ram). Details, textures, and settings like these I can have at the highest, but to include max lighting, shadows, AA, AF, this card comes no where close maxing out every game.
What makes this card great is the price for the performance. If you understand what you are getting, and can get this card on sale, then I highly recommend this card.
Main Gaming PC
NZXT Phantom 410 Black
i7-3770k @ 4.2 GHZ
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
EVGA GTX 680 2GB
16GB Kingston HyperX
Corsiar M4 128GB SSD
Rosewill RBR1000-M 1000W PSU
Second Gaming PC
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition
Asus P8P67 LE
i5-2500k @ 3.3 GHZ (stock)
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
PowerColer HD 7870 Myst Edition 2GB
8 GB GSKill Ripjaws X
Thermaltake TR2 500W PSU
Left Over Parts PC
Cooler Master Elite 310
i3-2120 @ 3.3 GHZ (stock)
EVGA GTX 570 1.25GB
8 GB GSkill Ripjaws X
ULTRA 600W PSU
Pros: Overall the 7970 is a very good card if/when it works.
Cons: My card started having issues after a month (no signal to monitor, fan ramps up to high speeds and restarts) and I have not had any response beyond the standard auto-response emails from VisionTek for any tech support or warranty request. I know the card is not working because I have tested it on two different computers, and have also tested two other video cards on both those computers, and they all worked fine. Only the VisionTek 7970 is not working.
Other Thoughts: I did not buy this card from Newegg, I bought it from another retailer. I am simply sharing my experience with this card and brand. I am sure all the positive reviews on this card are accurate, but if you get a bad card like me you will be out of luck. I would recommend the 7970, just choose a different brand with better customer service.READ FULL REVIEW