Joined on 08/13/04
Pros: Excellent performance, all my games look really sharp now. So much so that I'm pretty sure I need to get a new monitor or three just to make full use of it. So far this card has laughed (quietly) at everything I've thrown at it. Fans are virtually silent up to 50% speed, and still acceptable up to 70% or so. The included GPU monitoring and OC software (GPU Tweak II) is a big improvement over the Asus Smart Doctor that came with older cards. It was really easy to use to balance the fan speed scale to my liking. By default it prioritizes noise control. It also produces all sorts of useful performance charts.
Cons: Before I start on cons, I want to reiterate I am still rating this a 5. These are more of warnings of potential issues that could arise with this card (but didn't for me) HUGE card, probably worth measuring for. Even in my large case (Antec P280) it comes surprisingly close to the hard drives. Runs fairly warm. I am running a single card, but I'd be worried about dual cards staying cool enough without the fans needing to go well above the quiet range. it can be quite loud at 100%, although the only reason I know that is from manual tuning (for science).
Pros: Major improvement over my previous air cooler. Keeps my AMD FX 4170 cool even OCed to 4.8ghz. I'll be pushing it further soon. Frees up a lot of space in my case from the old heatsink. Also, it looks great. Install was very simple. Includes a fan cable splitter in case you are concerned about being short on those, and enables you to put both fans on the CPU fan slot of your motherboard. Fans run very quiet.
Cons: It is large, but that's probably true of all radiators of this size. I had some difficulty mounting it in my Antec P280 case. I had planned on installing it on top, but there's maybe 1/16th of an inch too little space. I had to install the fans on the outside of the case. This is my fault for poor planning, but do double check your mounting location!
Overall Review: I freaked out when I powered it up and heard a gurgle. I thought it was going to leak, but it seems it was just part of the initial start up. I haven't heard it since. Also, there was a little slack in the mounting hardware of the water block where it attaches to the AMD backplate. This turns out to be a non-issue though, despite my initial consternation. After installing the water block and tightening the screws, it pulls the slack out of the mounting bracket. Just keep in mind that it might not attach snug to the motherboard prior to installing the block.