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Other Thoughts: I picked up this card to replace my outdated 8800GS from about 5 years ago. You can get better cards for the price with better power consumption in 2015, but it's hard to find the right form factor to fit in the Dell case. This card does a great job playing Bioshock Infinite at the 'UltraDX11' setting with a 1900x1280 resolution on my HP monitor. Batman Arkham City plays smooth on 'Very High' settings. Overall, a good purchase but you're paying a premium.
I noticed that the CPU was hitting 100% during some sections of Arkham City, so I performed the 'tape mod' with my Dell Inspiron 2.4GHz Q6600 and now it's running stable at 3GHz. Case temperature went up, so I added a Zalman heatsink to the Intel processor and new thermal paste. It's a direct fit to the existing mounting points on the main board. Overall case temperature was lowered by 10° Celsius and the CPU remains well under 72° C at full load, which is the point of thermal shutdown. Under a large load, it remains around 62° C, which is pretty impressive for a propitiatory OEM workstation case!
The Zotac is still running like a champ and frame rates are even better now that the CPU isn't maxing out. I upgraded my gaming monitor to a Dell U2412M IPS and use the HP for browsing. With the Dell, I play all of my games at 1920x1200 @ 60 Hz and was able to almost max out the rendering settings in Bioshock Infinite! It's amazing! The initial price point for this card was higher than the competition, but the small form factor was worth it. I'm still very happy and I'm bumping it up from 4-5 stars by giving my system another 2-3 years before needing to upgrade. Kudos for making a good quality product!
When I first installed the card, I heard a clicking sound, but it was the fan rubbing against a cable. Easy fix in most cases. Just adust the cable or card. Also, be sure your power supply and cables can handle it. I was getting a clicking sound with another card and it wasn't getting enough power. The issue was fixed by replacing a faulty power cable.
On a side note, if you have a older system that doesn't have a solid state drive for the OS, add it and be astounded! Of all the upgrades, this should be considered first. The Inspiron i530 Q6600 will handle a GTX 760 before the CPU starts to become a bottleneck.
- Dell Inspiron 530 3GHz (2.4GHz to 3GHz via 'tape mod')
- Zalman CNPS9500 CPU Cooler
- Intel 320 160GB SSD
- Corsair 8GB XMS 2 (4 x 2GB)
- Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
- Dell 24" U2412M UltraSharp IPS
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
Cons: Big, but not too big
Loud at 100%
Other Thoughts: I just installed this in my Dell Inspiron Desktop with a Q6600 2.4Ghz overclocked to 3Ghz. Wow, it's running at 10C cooler and the fan bolted right into the mainboard with no need to remove it! So far so good! The Tuiniq TX-2 and Arctic Clean were used for the install and I'm happy with the results.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Quality, Resolution, Size, Noise, Fans
Other Thoughts: Great card for my small Dell 530 Inspiron case, which has almost no room for a high powered card. This design is perfect and offers great cooling. Be sure to download the Zotac Firestorm overclocking utility after installing the card. I was able to get a few more FPS's, but the card is pretty much maxed out with the stock settings. Overall, a great buy if you have space constraints. If not, there are better values to be had, but it was worth the extra $30 to prevent cutting up my case.READ FULL REVIEW