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Pros: This is a good card. The 3GB of VRAM help this card to outperform others during intense, high resolution scenes. To be honest, I haven't overclocked the card much. I simply haven't needed to. I'm sure this card will last me a generation past the new 280x's. The clock speed and video bus (384-bit) are more than enough for any current game on high settings (maybe half of the current games on ultra) and should work fine in future generations on a little lower settings.
I'm not sure if it is a design flaw, but i RMA'd my first card due to insane whining coming from my GPU under load. After that, I was careful not to make it too stressed. It seems to have worked, but it does still make some noise.
Heat- This card, when under load, can get relatively hot. I have seen it at 70-75 Celsius before. However, under normal load in a well ventilated case, it reaches an average, safe temperature.
Other Thoughts: I paid $315 for this card. I also received a 4-in-1 game coupon. Now, with the newest cards coming out, I would say that it is still a decent value. the 280x performs on par with a 770 and a 7970GHz edition. This card usually is anywhere from 3-5 fps slower than those. If this card (some models are) drops below $200, I may have to pick up another one.
I suppose it is too late now, but if i could switch my card for the Vapor-X, I think I would. I don't see any bad reviews about the whining noise.