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Pros: Works as advertised. No issues to report. Fixed onboard issues.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this card hoping to fix an ongoing issue with the onboard LAN on one of my motherboards. The connection would drop at random times and with no warning. Windows was completely obvious to the disconnect, and only caused streaming video to hickup, however hosting or playing any kind of LAN/Internet game was out of the question. After trying everything I could think of, cable replacement, changing settings, new driver, booting other OS's, I contacted a network engineer about the issue. He concluded that there was a hardware fault in the mobo's adapter and recommended purchasing a network card.
I've used a few Rosewill products before without issue so I decided on this card. I am pleased to report since installing this card we have had no issues at all, the random disconnects have stopped, and we are back to hosting LAN parties and playing MMO's.
Pros: Good price, excellent power consumption, good FPS on the games I play. When decided it was time to upgrade from my old EVGA GTX 460 1G, I was in the market for something that gave the same or better performance for much better power usage and that wouldn't break the bank. This card was the ticket.
Comparison to the 460, both cards OC's and under load:
Performance Increase: ~1.8x
Power usage: ~100W less
Temperature: ~40c cooler
Memory OC stability is quite good, I can push it to +340 without OverVoltage and +425 with OV.
Overclocked with EVGA Precision X.
Cons: Core OC stability is not as stellar as I expected. When pushing the clock past +35 w/o OV or +40 w/ OV I often found myself trapped in a kernel crash loop. The screen would start to flicker on and off about ever 5 seconds with a warning about the NVidia kernel crashing popping up over and over. This would require me to hard restart via power button. To be fair this could be a fault of the driver software, but I did not have the loop issue with the 460, it would flicker once and warn me the clocks were to high.
Other Thoughts: I knew when I purchased this card that it was already OC'd and the power profile was increased, so I didn't expect to be about to push the card much further. The small +30 to the core clock is perfectly acceptable against the reference boards clock, but the +340 to the memory clock was a surprise.
And the biggest surprise is the under load temperatures, I have not seen this card go beyond 65c under full load w/ OC and OV.
Pros: Small Card, Includes a small height bar for installing on small desktops.
Fast all around.
Cons: Increases boot time by a very minor degree. Included installation cd was slightly confusing. No SATA cables.
Other Thoughts: At first when I installed the product I was impressed by the size of the card, it is by far the smallest card in my pc, and so I was able to place it right next to my GFX card without blocking the fan. At first glance the CD is confusing, lots of drivers to install, however a quick look at the included manual and all was clear.
After the reboot I noticed my HD was not there and was a bit concerned. After loading the Disk Manager in windows my concerns were put to rest as the drive was there, just not initialized or formatted, with a quick init and format I was on my way to a great SATA experience.
Purchased "Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1TB SATA" along with this and have had excellent results.
Display Name: Christopher M.
Date Joined: 03/06/08
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