Date Joined: 12/03/05
Pros: -Competition crushing performance
-I've always preferred ATI's drivers to Nvidia's
-Better value vs Nvidia's $3000 Titan-Z. This card was $999.95 and outperformed the Titan-Z as of this review, however a driver update may change the performance ratings.
Cons: -Sucks PSU dry in a Quad-Fire OC configuration (recommend accounting for 700-watts per card for OC'ing)
-Not much performance-per-dollar value over two 290x in Crossfire (about $370 each as of this review)
Overall Review: I bought two of these cards, running a Windows 8.1 64-bit system. Initially, I would've rated this product a 3. But the problem wasn't the cards, it was my computer itself. More on this later.
My initial installation was plagued with problems. For starters the latest Catalyst 14.9 BSOD'ed my computer so I used the previous 14.4 driver. Afterward, I couldn't run games like World of Tanks on the highest settings even with different Crossfire configurations (Default, AFR, AFR1x1) and still got only 35-ish FPS at 1080p.
Afterward my computer got an irrecoverable error. After doing a refresh to default settings, I found that all my problems from before went away and performance was consistent with web reviews. Do note though, I really wish I bought a PSU with more juice so I could do some OC'ing (currently running 1300 watts). I recommend at least 1500 watts if you want to experiment with OC'ing a Quad-Fire setup with these cards.
Note that this is my gaming only desktop, so I keep it bare of crapware and do minimal web browsing. I think the OS started crapping out when my computer abruptly restarted in the middle of an update.
Make sure your PSU has the proper amperage: