Pros: Very quiet when gaming, great driver support, virtually silent even in heavy gaming, mad dog performance in crossfire
Cons: Can get a bit loud when benching, by itself can't max HD res, trixx is a garbage software
this is based on the V2 pcb revision from AMD, it includes a 6+1 phase setup from Volterra. AFAIK it overclocks fantastically. Most I've tried to push is my current OC of 1000/1500, though it can go higher, and for benching I'm not very afraid of using 1.3v, neither should you, as the 6phase core voltage setup should handle max voltage no problem.
I bought this card for crossfire moving up from a gtx 460 sli. On HD res (1080p) can you notice a difference? Depends on the game and what type of gamer you are. If you like high quality and are fine with 0aa to 2xaa (no MS or SS or QS or any of that) and fine with 40fps, sure stick to your midrange setup. But if you like using Ultra/enthusiast quality with settings like UBERsampling without having to worry about frame dips, then by all means you will notice a gigantic difference. If you're playing on 1080p for a good while, these cards are all you'll need. All games at full max, nothing coming out in the future that will stress them, all current games like BF3 and TW2 are maxed, so its safe to say even when the 7xxx comes out you won't feel the heat from losing out on frames, all games will be maxed out.
Aesthetically the card is gorgeous, the design is different from reference with all stickers looking like a box and all industrial which is what most nonref designs are, this is a very happy medium.
Again fantastic card, top of the line, no driver issues to speak of in crossfire, full max on all games currently available with AA on 1080p at 50fps average or higher
9.5/10, can't really get much higher for a reference card. Again DO NOT HESITATE TO BUY!