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This has been an amazing launch and shows that AMD have come back from their lack luster launch of their FX processors and given us something to be really excited about. It’s too bad that their processors didn’t fare better because more competition is always better for the consumer.
These reference designed cards do have their issues though. AMD should have done more work on the noise that these cards produce especially since they don’t run as hot as their predecessors. It almost seems like all of the research and development was put into the GPU and none was put into the thermal solution. They essentially tacked on their previous generation of coolers and called it a day. Many of us here were really hoping that AMD were going to take a cue from nVidia and improve their noisy cooling solution.
Amazingly that really is my only gripe about this card. It ran cool and performed amazingly. AMD do need to work on their physics technology, but that’s something that will get better with time and driver updates. Aside from these small gripes this card met or surpassed many of our expectations and should only get better with future driver updates and vendor tweaks. This is a product that AMD can be proud of and should help to continue to establish them as a force to be reckoned with in the GPU market. We now have a new single GPU performance king and nVidia’s got its work cut out for it. We consumers though are going to be pleased that this competition is still going strong.