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Pros: Unbelievable perfomance from one card. Maxes out all games at 2560 x 1600 resolutin w/ butter smooth frame rate. I was switched from quadfire amd 5970's. Although the 5970's were good cards, they suffered from microstuttering and sudden drops in frame rates, particulary when AA or Tessellation was applied. With the 690 there are no sudden drops in framerates when AA or Tesselation is applied.
Cons: What everyone else has alluded to.... $$$$. It took alot of procastinating before i pulled the trigger but glad I did.
Other Thoughts: I am using an Alienware Area 51 w/ x58 motherboard. 12gb RAM at 1800,n 1.1K power supply. The installation was extremely easy, which i was not expecting. The card comes with a pci-e adapter which you converts two 6 pin into a 8 pin. Anyone considering upgrading a Area 51 with more modern graphics card this is a great choice.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Outstanding Video card. I have two 5970's crossfired and am running on a 30 inch monitor (2560 x 1600 resolution). I am able to max out all games, even at this extreme resolution. Fear 2 avg 180 - 240 FPS, Battlefield Bad Company 2 mulitiplayer 120 + FPS with everything maxed. Metro 2033 50-80 FPS.
Cons: Price! These video cards are very cpu reliant. To get the most out of these cards, I rececommend a strong processor...ie Intel I7 processor clocked at 3.5 or higher. I overclocked my i7 930 from 2.8 to 3.62 and watched my FPS jump up considerably.
Other Thoughts: I highly recommend the LG WH 30 inch monitor at 2560 x 1600 resolution. If you have been gaming at 1920 x 1200 you don't know what your missing. Make the switch, you won't regret it.READ FULL REVIEW