Nice upgrade from 8800
This review is from: ASUS GeForce GTX 260 DirectX 10 ENGTX260GL+/2DI/896M 896MB 448-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Pros: Price to performance ratio is nice--good bang for the buck. Quieter than my old Asus 8800 too. Actual performance may vary on your machine's other capabilities, like memory, cpu, etc., so there's no reason to rant and rave about graphic performance. As I said, it is a nice upgrade. While it takes up 2 slots, it's not near as bulky looking as the 8800. It'll also be a lot easier to blow dust out of.
Cons: Most buyers of this card won't need any manual, which is good. I usually glance over them to see how bad the spelling or grammar is. This manual is not fit for toilet paper--do not waste your time with it. This card has two connections for power, while the manual shows either one pci-e, or one molex, saying to plug the power in there. Gee, I never would've guessed. Both connections needed to be hooked up, and they only give you one PCI-E adapter...I tried one connection at a time, and it beeped warning code--hook up both and away you go.
Other Thoughts: This card has two PCI-E power connectors, and both need to be hooked up. The best PCB's are made in Taiwan--this PCB is made there, then assembled elsewhere. They have slim plastic covers over the contacts for SLI, and and the contacts for your mobo--it's kind of hard to see, so make sure you take it off first. This card is approx. 10.5 in./262mm long--about 1 and 3/8 inches longer than the 8800. The connectors face the side cover instead of the HD's, making the connections quite a bit easier. The price of this card will allow you to boost your graphics, and get some games too.
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