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Pros:

Fast, decent price point (you know that already if you're here), HDMI built ON the card, not an add on conversion. I am using 2 of these in SLI, have to say I loaded Bioshock which automatically put everything to high settings and am running in 1920x1080, no hitches. Booted Hellgate London with all settings as high as they'd go in same res as above, DX10 features on (4x AA), took a second on first load, after that it was running beautifully. Havne't run a full test on all games personally.

Basically, for the price point the thing is excellent, will do what you want and is slightly cheaper than an 8800, having HDMI built on is what sold me personally.

I normally go with XFX pieces, however after reading the review on the 8800GT from Palit, with the heatsync they have on it, I decided to give them a shot for possible future overclocking.

Cons:

Have the cards fresh from this afternoon, but haven't had a hitch yet.

Cards physically are large of course. I had to move some 90mm PCI slot coolers around, unscrew all of my hard drives and push them further away from the card to get them to fit and get the power to em. Now all hard drives are further away and only have 1 screw holding in place rather than 2.

SLI distance is wide, so a case upgrade for myself might be necessary as the 2nd card is very close to the bottom of the case, this according to nVidia's monitor shows the 2nd card is 2 degrees (in idle) warmer than card 1. This could be due to how it processes, however I believe it's because I can't get optimal airflow away from the card.

Warranty is Not as good as XFX or BFG. Both of them give life time with 2nd life (ability to sell the card to a 2nd owner and they get the full warranty as well). Hopefully these suckers won't break. However the warranty time is probably longer than people keep video cards anyway.

Other Thoughts:

I'm running Vista Ultimate x64, using what probably many looking at this card are. Q6600 with the XFX 680i SLI board. BFG 800 Watt PSU, 6 GB Corsair 800Mhz.

Vista did not Auto find the driver for this thing on boot, which was fine as I pre-downloaded the driver before install of cards and the thing is very new. Not really a big issue with most people I suppose.

Not sure if it says this in the description, but it comes with some old Tomb Raider game. Unfortunate they don't give you a game that can show what the card is fully capable of, but most people buying this probably have all of those.

I'd recommend these to someone wanting to get moderate to high performance on a budget. $360 for SLI, which is about the same as an 8800GTX 768 and seems to perform higher in SLI than the GTX.

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