Not working as a replacement for on board video.
Pros: The packaging and form of the card is nice. The card stays cool. During test it worked great as a secondary card.
Cons: Did not work right with my HP s7520n or Dell Optiplex gx260. The system's BIOS wouldn't let this card be set as primary. Also the heat-sink takes up more then one slot (not an issue for me). I was able to get it to run in windows as a secondary card and was very disappointed in its performance. Quake 3 benchmarks were 52.8 fps compared to 79.8 fps from the stock xpress 200.
Other Thoughts: HIS support was a huge headache. This card isn't listed in their list of card so I submitted my request as a similar card and noted the proper model. Response time was long in my opinion (24 hours or more). I exchanged 9 messages with support and kept getting questions about settings in windows even though my issue was that the card wasn't POSTing.
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No video acceleration
Pros: Silent operation and enables gaming provided resolution and quality aren't highly elevated. Onboard eight-channel HD sound.
Cons: Expensive and accelerates neither SD nor HD video, in both XP and Vista. In fact, video playback in Vista, PowerDVD, TMT 3, and WMP displays a blank green screen.
Other Thoughts: ATI says their driver will not accelerate video over PCI bus, and advised me to use a PCIe version. But where does that leave the millions of machines, especially Dells, that lack PCIe or AGP slots?
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