Showing Results: Most Recent
Pros: Fanless is, of course, the #1 plus to this basic card. But can it run Crysis? Who cares! I don't play games or run AutoCAD! I need something to display the Interwebz on my screen and do some OpenGL on Google Earth and accelerated viewing of content once in a while and this card does the trick.
Cons: None for me.
Other Thoughts: I have a beat up old Asus A8N-SLI board with PCIe 1.1 and this card works well with my board. I have been able to do a *stable* overclock of this card from its factory rates of 520 (GPU), 1238 (Shader) and 600 (RAM) to a 13% overclock of 588 (GPU), 1399 (Shader) and 678 (RAM) and this card not breaking a sweat at all. Runs fairly cool in my case which has *one* 120mm exhaust fan (COUGAR CF-V12HB) and a 60mm, low RPM pointing at my northbridge. In terms of bang for buck on an older system, you can't beat it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I inherited an old Asus motherboard and built a basic system around it. I was looking for a simple video card to watch vids, browse the web, and had *some* OpenCL/CUDA to tap into for apps that can take advantage of it.
Out of the box, this sucker ran nice and cool. But, it could do much better. Took off the heatsink, put some Arctic Silver under there and fired up a bootable XP disk and used NiBiTor to overclock the heck out of this little wonder.
I was able to get an 11% across the board overclock without it blowing up or breaking a sweat. I dropped the lower end a bit more than what the factory set it to help it run even cooler. After overclocking it made my Windows score go up .2 from the original factory speeds. It's a win win for me!
Cons: But can it run Crysis? Maybe, I don't know. I am not a gamer.
Other Thoughts: This card is for those of us to whom the idea of a video card should be something which *doesn't* require a 2000WATT power supply just to run nor something that takes up *TWO* card slots not something that has 3 fans and sounds like a jet taking off under load. Seriously. I am old enough to remember Vesa Local Bus cards that *barely* fit in my case much less when you needed fan cooling to keep your video card cool from running some simple OpenGL stuff. I don't want to hear my video card at all. The loudest thing in my system should be my PSU fan. As it is right now, it isREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very fast performance with latest Firmware. Works like a champ with Realtek-based (RTL8192CU chipset) WiFi adapters.
Cons: Epic Fail with RaLink chipsets.
Other Thoughts: For a while I was having nothing but trouble with this Asus router for months. My speeds would fluctuate. No amount of factory resetting or firmware tweaks did the trick. That was until I replaced my useless Tenda N300 WiFi adapter that had an RaLink chipset in it with one that used a Realtek chipset, specifically RTL8192CU. I bought a cheap one for $7.50 on *that really big auction site*. The difference is night and day. No more corrupted downloads, no speed degradation, no more wonky problems. My Asus router rocks once again.
Asus recently put out version 184.108.40.206.370 beta of the firmware and it *dramatically* improves the speed of the GUI and time it takes for reboots and changes to be made in the system config. With the new 220.127.116.11.370 firmware, getting up and running took minutes with the new QIS. Prior to this, I often had to reboot my cable modem and then the Asus router for things to work. Now it just works. One caveat, going from the 2.0.x firmware to 3.0.x firmware will wipe out your settings and you won't be able to use your 2.0 setting backup file to import it into the 3.0 firmware.
I am now convinced this is a quality Asus product that I am very happy with. Wish I would have known it was RaLink's fault, and not Asus. If you have trouble with this device, check and see if you're stuck with a WiFi adapter that is RaLink-based. Heaven help you if you are. You can always try going to station drives.com and see if you have newer drivers. Don't know how well it works with Atheros chipsets though. Try the 3.0 firmware, it's great.