Joined on 03/27/10
Absolutely the best 6870 out there
Pros: -Performs extremely well for the price -Runs cool and quietly, more so than the reference design -Can be overclock easily above 1ghz without raising the voltage -Higher quality components than a typical card's -Comes with supplementary heatsinks on the voltage regulators and ram. I can play any modern game maxed out at 1680X1050. This is easily one of the best cards for the money at the moment. As mentioned before, it runs verrrrry cool (after playing Just Cause 2 for 2 hours, it only maxed 64C.
Cons: It dumps some of the heat in the case, so I wouldn't recommend it for those with cramped generic cases. Also, it's much longer than the reference card, make sure you have enough space for what is essentially as long as a 5870.
Overall Review: If you want to check out my video overview on YouTube, search "ASUS 6870 DirectCU."
Pros: -Fantastic airflow -Amazing cable management features -Amazing design/looks -Lots of practical features
Cons: 3 minor problems. 1) Secondary HDD cage was an awful process (screws were unbelievably tight, I ended up a stripping a couple). 2) If you want to mount a new heatsink for your AMD CPU, make sure you do it outside the case (Can't remove or change out bracket for AMD) 3) For AMD CPUs, the height for CPU coolers isn't taken into account. It says on the back that you can mount a 180mm cooler w/out a side fan, and the NZXT fans are 25mm thick. I mounted a Hyper 212+ (120mm) and the fan (25mm) and it didn't fit. Weird, huh?
Overall Review: Buy it, even my parents love it! haha
Pros: Wow, the temps I got with this are UNBELIEVABLE! My stock Phenom II X4 955 idles at 25C in a 22C room (Case is an NZXT Phantom.) I loaded a game up, and got 32C! The stock thermal paste is perfectly adequate.
Cons: Taller than I thought it would be When I mounted it, a slight amount of the heatspreader was showing (and I swore I mounted it 100% correct).
Overall Review: The method I used to apply the thermal paste was filling the grooves in with a line of the paste, and then flattening it a bit with a coffee filter, and letting the pressure of the heatsink doing the rest.
Pros: Runs games REALLY well, if you're doing a gaming rig you honestly don't need more than 2 cores. Encodes videos really well for a dual-core. Can't ask for much more. Runs really cool with stock cooling, I'm idling at 40C and loading in the mid 50s. For the price you cannot beat this processor.
Cons: Honestly, there's nothing much to say. I guess I got a "bad" processor because when I unlocked some cores it was really unstable. No biggie, it's common that you don't get one that really unlocks with no problems at all.
Overall Review: Put this with a 5770 and running Crysis at max settings, 30 fps+ constant. It's amazing what you get for the price when you buy AMD! I'm now a hardcore fan.