Pros: Aesthetic, Dissipation, Temperature,
Cons: Size, Thermal paste.
EDIT: Currently purchased a new one This review is based on REV 1.0 The new Revision I got is 1.6 The Voltage IC and 2 resisters are missing confirmed to be part of the rev change from XFX directly MEANING at this time ALL REV 1.6 is VOLTAGE LOCKED
Here is a closer look (Click to show)
The below is my attempts and what I needed to do. This is not a suggestion to do so and thus you of course with any type of overclock do so at your own risk
In MSI AfterBurner I had to check extend official overclocking limits and check Disable ULPS with the unofficial mode set to without Power Play support. These results are with an FX 8350 OC'd to 5.1GHz on an ASUS Sabertooth 990 FX R2.0 and Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 1866 ram Overclocked to 2088 At Cas 8
Before doing that I was limited to a Clock speed Max of 1100 and I was able to however at that point to get the memory Overclocked to 1850.
http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/2089816 normal preset firestrike 7020 2k more than my SLI 460s OCd to 900
After ( I ran into issues with 3DMark test so I had to revert back to 3DMark11 Which personally seems to be harder to be stable.) I was able to hit 1210 clock and 1750 on the memory http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7769051
Both are Valid results and show that the other review on this Graphics card have not done any justice. As far as my overall experience I am quite impressed I have not reached higher than 72c with 1.3v applied which is pretty amazing for stock cooler on air. The only other card I have heard of doing this would be the ASUS equivalent but that is a 3 slot card.
The pros by far revolve around the looks and the temps due to the design. It not only is a beautiful looking card it houses a cooler of the same quality and though design. Overall the engineers have produced an amazing alternative to the way that graphics card.
As for the cons I would have to say the size of the card. Although this is becoming a standard size in the industry, for many people with smaller cases you have to do your research and make sure that it will fit. The wopping 11.1 inches is a snug fit even in my Haf 912 case Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This may not be a most complete review, but I do feel that it has gone over some key tops. I in the end will be looking at picking up 2 or 3 more of these as the time and money allows. Even though the 280x is a rebrand on the 7970Ghz edition. It is a very well placed offer. Currently it is sitting at the $419 price point due to the mining rush for crypto currencies. I was fortunate enough to find a deal on it.