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This review is from: ZALMAN VF3000A EBR Bearing VGA Cooler
Pros: Flashy and well made, very quiet and extremely effective. Makes my xfx 5850 card actually seem like a quality item now. The installation was very easy as well.
Cons: It is very large, but not a problem if you do your homework. The large FET heatsink didn't fit my non-reference, el cheapo, xfx card. I just used the stock one, which really was a non-issue.
Other Thoughts: Anybody who bricks their card with this item either doesn't follow the directions, or doesn't know the proper way to work with static sensitive computer components. I am no computer genius, but I had zero issues or moments of doubt. I do think it prudent to check zalman's website for the list of compatible cards, because some non-reference, 5000 series cards may not be able to use all the heatsinks.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Inexpensive card, with fine graphics capabilities.
Cons: Flimsy, the card itself sags in the computer. The fan died after 7 months, and didn't cool very well when it was working properly. I replaced it with a nice dual fan aftermarket cooler and now it works great. Take the fan and heatsink and throw it in the garbage.
Other Thoughts: Getting a decent chipset for a really low price should always make one suspicious. You DO get what you pay for to a degree. I ended up spending 60 dollars on a heatsink and fan which puts my final price closer to what I would have spent on a higher end 5850 to begin with. But the new heatsink looks very cool! (Zalman vf3000a).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Well, this card plays Crysis at very high settings quite well, and it is inexpensive.
Cons: Strangely, I still get sad framerates for WoW. I definitely should be running that game at peak performance. It also overheats a bit, has locked up Crysis a couple times. Granted, it has been hot and I don't have A/C. So, in a cool, air-conditioned room, I may not have problems with heat.
Other Thoughts: I am running a 4core phenom2, 8g of ram,READ FULL REVIEW