I owned a ATI 5870 video card for 2 weeks before it went bad and I replaced it with EVGA GTX 470 SC edition. In my opinion this card was just as good or better than the 5870 and it's cheaper. With both cards I can play all my games at max settings with 1920 x 1200 resolution. With Crysis, you can play on max settings with smooth gameplay if you turn off AA. It can handle AA, but just not a smooth experience at all times.
Also, EVGA makes this card super easy to overclock with EVGA Precision. Overclocking with EVGA Precision does not void your warranty. I was able to OC card to Core Clock 718 MHz, Shader Clock 1435 MHz, Memory Clock 1860 MHz which is higher than the GTX 480. I did this with out adding any voltage, no crashes, no artifacts and I can play for hours with no problems. Rock solid OC! If you add voltage you can go higher, but I see no need to. With OC settings my minimum frame rate does not go below 25 FPS for Crysis Warhead Ambush benchmarking tool with 1920 x 1200 Resolution with max settings no AA. The 5870 I was getting minimum 21 FPS. Although, the 5870 gave me a higher FPS average, this is misleading since 470 does a better job keeping minimum frame rate up giving you just as smooth of gameplay. I only overclock when playing Crysis, no need to turn on for other games.
Idle, the card is 40 deg C at 40% fan. Very quiet. When playing Crysis on overclock it can get very hot so I manually set fan speed to 75% to keep at 80 deg C. Fan not really noisy until you get over 60% and most games on auto fan with stock speed stay below that.
If you're an enthusiast on a budget, get this card! You get superb performance for much less! I get to max all my games at 1080P! The heat is not an issue unless you have a cheap case with no air circulation or you live near Death Valley... For those who are concerned with heat, go with the superclocked+ model or another non-reference design, otherwise, this is simply the best bang for the buck, as of now...
What can I say,..... it not only beats the crap out of my former XFX 275 GTX which btw it still a good card, but I can know enjoy good if not great AA and anysotrophic settings in every game throw at it(Metro 2033, BFBC2, ....etc.), absolutely no heat issues here 40c idle and 68c-70c on full load with good air flow of course, great choice if u do not want to spend more than $400 on a video card.