Editors Liked

  • Nearly as fast as the much pricier HD 7970
  • Improved power savings when idle
  • Support for 4K video and other forward-looking features
  • A well balanced GPU
  • Excellent powerdraw figures for highend card
  • Overclocks like a champ
  • Native fullsize HDMI & DisplayPort output
  • Dual BIOS
  • 3 GB of memory with 384bit bus
  • Adds support for PCIExpress 3.0 and DirectX 11.1

Editors Didn't Like

  • Expensive
  • 4K video content and screens likely won't be common for a year or more
  • NVIDIA's Kepler is just around the corner
  • Noisy in 3D
  • CCC Overdrive limits too low
  • Not appreciably faster than competing Nvidia card on every title
  • Requires two six-pin power supply cables
  • Blocks an adjacent expansion slot