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5 out of 5 eggs Flawless XP install and Operation 04/04/2010

This review is from: BFG Tech BFGE73512GT GeForce 7300GT 512MB 128-Bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card

Pros:

Installed easily using the driver CD in XP. Has a fan. Video, pics and web pages load faster and more smoothly. This is not a huge jump forward gear-wise, just something to keep a P4 2.8 (Asus P4P800-DX MB) system somewhat current. Temps stay around the 54-55C range per the Nvidia control panel in Win2K with a few web pages and files open. This is in a cool, well-ventilated room. My best guess is the XP temps are a few degrees higher. Noise level is about the same as my FX 5200. I mean I don't notice any difference, nothing worth commenting on, and I can't say I notice ANY noise from it at all above the typical processor fan and other fan/HD noise.

Cons:

None for me so far.

Other Thoughts:

I dual boot Win2K and WinXP, nothing fancy, no gaming, just a biz/music machine. I installed the XP side with the CD that came with the card but I had to use the Nvidia 94.24 Forceware from Nvidia site in Win2K. The card functioned with the supplied CD drivers in 2K but it wouldn't install the Nvidia control panel. I have to say that Nvidia has a far superior driver and support area to any of the other guys, especially XFX, in my opinion. It also appears that Nvidia has just updated the driver package for this card for Win XP: 197.13 WHQL Release Date: 2010.03.25. I'll have to see how those drivers compare to the CD ones, probably a nice improvement. For now though, in both of my boots, 2K and XP, I am an extremely happy camper. And it's rare that I make that statement.

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