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This review is from: Fallout 3: game of the Year
Pros: It's a compelling storyline with a bunch of side missions. Yes, that's indeed Liam Neeson narrating as my dad.
Cons: Not supported on Windows 7. Despite the game, O/S, and card being patched to the latest versions, I encounter some glitches on my Windows 7 box. These became much worse after upgrading to a new video card, though reinstalling the thereafter game lessened some of the pain. It's frustrating to zoom through my sniper scope, have the game hang, and then take down my entire operating system. My email reply from Bethesda support, a week later, simply confirmed the game was not supported on Windows 7.
The slow mo images of decapitations almost every time I finished an enemy with a head shot became quite tiring.
Other Thoughts: A five star game with 1 star technical issues yields 3 stars. I don't understand why it's so hard to build a game that doesn't take down your entire operating system when it fails. My experience here makes me reluctant to try Bethesda's other titles, like Rage, Elder Scrolls, or Oblivion...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The card is generally pretty quiet. I picked it up to replace a Gigabyte 4870 card (which I'd upgraded with an Accelero cooler & 120mm fan), hoping to increase my Crysis 2 PC performance at 1920x1080 yet not ramp up my PC's sound profile. The card is a bit louder under load, but quickly ramps down after gaming is done.
Cons: I experienced repeated crashing in Crysis 2 after a few minutes of play. Turning down the card's mild overclock, 920 to 900, helped a lot, but was an unexected requirement from the "IceQ X Turbo" overclocked card. Fallout 3 is crashing within minutes of starting, even with the lower clock. The latest Catalyst drivers are installed.
Other Thoughts: This ongoing phenomenon of being hassled with rebates to get a lower price is quite irksome, I wish vendors would settle on a moderate price decrease for all instead of a slightly larger one for those who want to waste their time jumping through hoops.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheapest 1GB 4870 I could find. With my system, the card can just about play Crysis Warhead on Enthusiast settings at 1156x864, though is more comfortable on "Gamer" with 4xAA.
Cons: Card would only run under heavy load 10-15 mins before crashing my games - or my entire system. VRM temps got up to 70C-80C before crash, other card temps 60C-70C, which Gigabyte support indicated was well within limits.
Also note that the fan runs 100% all the time, which was annoyingly loud for low-graphics activities such as surfing the web or reading email.
Other Thoughts: Item was covered by Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy, which means I can't give the card back for good. I wonder why only some video cards are classified non-refundable by NewEgg... Hope a working replacement comes in time for me to claim the April rebate!
My system includes: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DQ6; Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66GHz; 4 GB DDR2 1066 (5/5/5/15); SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT 550W; Antec Solo Case. Running Vista Ultimate 32 bit.