I bought this card in September of 2012. i wouldn't normally make a review about a product but i felt i had to because this is such a great card.
I have hit this card with about 15 games so far including battlefield, COD, dirt 3, portal 2, borderlands 2 and recently farcry 3. so far every game that i have played on with this card has been running at at least 40FPS on ultra settings, with most games running at 60-120FPS!. this is at 1920 x 1080 by the way. basically i have not yet found a game which it cannot handle - no word of a lie.
Temperature and fan noise:
Being a heavy gamer, kinda, i will often game for in excess of 4 hours in one session about 4 times a week. This card can keep a cool idle temp of around 22-30 and while gaming 40-45 with it rarely going over 50 degrees C, note that the fans also rarely go over 40% either, depending on ambient room temp. The card also has two fans. this means that unlike one single fan cooling the card on its own, the two cards can share the load. this results in a lower fan rpm which really does make all of the difference. My friend bought the AMD hd 7870, this card only has one fan and it howls like a rocket.
so far so good. the card hasnt developed any annoying fan bearing squeaks and hasnt failed/ gave me any problems while ive had it.
Basically i really recommend this card, especially as its price is dropping due to the newer version. obviously there will come a point when it cannot deliver desired results but i seriously cannot see this day coming for another year or two.
overall great product- done everything ive asked