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Pros:

Good value point in fairly current chip, bus bandwidth (a plus for this) , and memory for PC gaming on a student budget.

It's hard to harp hard enough on bus bandwidth over other factors in graphics. Often for 10-20% more one can get "into the next tier". I'd trade off 2GB RAM for 1GB Ram for bandwidth for example, or a next gen chip stuffed on a 64 bit bus probably won't run any faster than a previous gen chip on a 128 bit bus.

Cons:

Fan. I just don't like fans. They make noise. They break. This one hasn't broken, but I haven't had a graphics card, from any maker, that I didn't eventually have to replace the fan.

Other Thoughts:

I slam fans, and for "a bit more juice" buy fanless graphics cards. I haven't found a fanless card yet that didn't run way too hot for my liking when pushed with gaming graphics.

This card replaced a fanless one my son had that started flaking out with gaming graphics - and that was after I'd spliced and glued in (JB Weld) a small laptop fan.

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