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Pros: Awesome little cooler, keeps my notoriously hot R9 290 at a maximum of 55*C on a 17% overclock in conjunction with the Kraken G10 and some Gelid VRM heatsinks.
Cons: can hear the pump/ fan when things get heated, but just barely, and if the game I'm playing has any audio at all then it's a total non-issue, rad mounting as an exhaust can be a bit exciting in a Rosewill nighthawk case.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Runs everything I throw at it at maxed out settings. BioShock Infinite and Battlefield 3 (both at 1920x1080) get between 50-60 average fps, and it never drops below 60fps for Starcraft 2 or Diablo 3. It can handle Crysis 3 with all graphics settings maxed, 4x Anisotropic filtering with FXAA enabled.
- Massive overclocking headroom. This thing ships at a "boosted" 975Mhz, mine can easily hit 1100Mhz without any voltage changes.
-Overall fantastic 7900 series performance for a 7800 price. They seem to go out of stock quickly for this reason, get 'em while you can!
Cons: -memory becomes unstable when overclocked (but the stock 1500mhz is really good anyway, so not really an issue)
- Gets quite warm, upper 60s C when gaming, even on stock frequency settings
-Longer than a 7950! But still fits fine in my Rosewill Blackhawk (Mid tower)
-Fans seem to vibrate between the 50-60% range, not loudly, but still mildly irritating.
-Had some driver issues with CCC 13.1, see other thoughts
Other Thoughts: Running this card on an ASUS Z77 board, i5 3570k @ 4.3 Ghz, 8 gb Corsair vengeance @ 1600mhz.
I had some artifact issues on some games (specifically StarCraft2 and The Witcher 2) using the 13.1 CCC drivers, however when I updated to the 13.4 version the problems thankfully vanished. I guess the moral of the story is since the 7870 XT is kind of a hidden gem, more attention will be required to find the correct drivers. Don't be afraid to see if the beta drivers on AMD support page work better! Happy Gaming!
Pros: I was a little skeptical at first- how can a fast quad core processor be on the same chip as a discreet level GPU? I thought I would give it a try for my friend who wanted a gaming computer on an extreme budget. I am absolutely amazed by what we got. We both play StarCraft2, and this thing can run a late game 4v4 (lots and lots of stuff running around and blowing up on a huge map) on a mixture of medium and high graphics settings without dropping below 35 frames per second, and never drops below 50fps in a 1v1. He also does some pretty complex financial modelling through excel, and this thing's stock speed 3.6-3.9 Ghz quad-core can handle the simulations in the blink of an eye. TL;DR- A truly impressive processor/GPU combo that can handle mid-level gaming at a stellar price point.
Cons: The heatsink/fan combo this chip shipped with seems even smaller than what ships with the FX 6 and 4 core CPUs, which is BAD. As a result, it runs pretty toasty even when idling. However, performance is not noticeably decreased due to the heat, so it's not worth knocking an egg. An aftermarket cooling solution would do wonders though for those who care about each *C/ want to overclock.
Other Thoughts: AMD has impressed me again with their performance/ price ratio! I'm running this chip on 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM currently, graphics performance could probably be improved further with speedier memory.READ FULL REVIEW