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Pros: Amazing! HD has always been the weakest link, not anymore! 7.9!
Cons: Expensive!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very fast, 7.9 Windows Experiance, I installed two of these (SLI) and it blew away my dual core 5870 card I had previously.
Cons: Runs HOT!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The customer service at Asus tried to be helpful. The card does run cool and scored a 7.8 on WEI.
Cons: I went through 2 of these cards, thinking my first was defective. The card (or at least the drivers) had all kinds of compatibility issues. AVCHD files caused the drivers to crash (I tried this with 2 of these cards, 2 different machines), other video files played slow and choppy, unusual streaks would flash across the screen randomly, but rarely (with both cards), Battlefield BC2, the only game I tried, crashed immediately after the title screens, You need to spend another $100 for an active displayport to DVI adapter if you plan on using 3 monitors without a displayport connection.
I eventually switched this card out for 2 NVidia GTX580s (SLI). The NVidia cards are much faster (and yes, hotter no doubt). 7.9 Experience Index, which doesn’t tell much, but one benchmark program that I ran played a 3D animation and clocked the ARES card at 570 FPS and the 2 NVidia cards at 1,680 FPS. Not to mention, the best thing about the NVidia cards is that EVERYTHING WORKS!
Other Thoughts: I really wanted to like this card, it looks cool, runs cool, takes up less room in my PC (I have 3 other PCI ports occupied with 2 SSD drives and a sound card so things are very tight now). Too bad.READ FULL REVIEW