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Pros: Card itself works fine, but any other card with same chipset will do the same. Buy card with more reputable manufacturer.
Cons: Customer service is horrible. Waited four months for rebate, contacted customer service and finally got email response. After sending in all information again three weeks ago, still no response.
Other Thoughts: I will not buy product again from this manufacturer, and hope others will heed warnings. OK product if you are not concerned with getting rebate back.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Got a rebate deal, so price was pretty good. Built System to replace XP2900 w/ Geforce FX 5900.
Moderate gamer with HL2 and Quake/Doom series. Do some 3D Cad with Solidworks.
For reference play Quake4/Doom3 at Mid Levels on old syst. with most options off.
New system: Athon-X2 5200 2-Gb Ram, + 8600Gt.
Vista would let me play Quake4/Doom3 at High Levels w/ AA off.
XP and Linux (slackware) let me play Quake4/Doom3 and Ultra Levelss with AA off.
I play at 1440x900, AA takes a big hit, but I'll happily play without it in order to pay 1/3 what a 8800+ type cards costs with quality at Max.
For generic opengl 3D Cad stuff, this card had no problems at all . Got card for added HD video acceleration that 7900 cards don't have, only tested in Vista, was GREAT.
Cons: Not a 8800 series by any means, but has no problem playing most modern games at decent qualit levels.
Drivers in Vista Stable, (much better than first 8xxx series card drivers a few months ago), but not near the fps performance on XP or Linux systems.
Other Thoughts: If your upgrading from a FX or low level 6xxx/7xxx card, this is nice card for price, but high level 6900/7900 card users won't see any increase in gaming performance.
I've waited LONG time to upgrade from my upper level FX 5900, this is great improvment plus HD acceleration.
This review is from: ASUS M2N-E SLI AM2 NVIDIA nForce 500 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Been using about three weeks now....
Bought to replace old system XP2900 w/ FX5900 video. Purchased combo deal with Athlon X2-5200, added PNY Geforce 8600GT, Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 (N82E16820146565) (2.2V, No Problems!). So far, Installed Vista32, Linux (slackware), and settled on XP. Installed all with no problems! Games such as Quake4 and HL2 run much better on XP and Linux, so I'm sticking with that for a while until Vista drivers are optimized.
Has SLI, Firewire on back and header, a very nice PRINTED manual (which came in handy when installing AM2 CPU and Heatsink for first time), and some decent cables and other items.
Cons: Only complaint, like others, is on-board sound. I have hooked up to 5.1 reciver with analog cables. Vista was very 'crackly' Upgrading drivers would help with 'crackly' problem, but I only would have 2.0 sound output, no matter what I did. In Vista and XP, when defaulting to generic usb-sound driver it finds, 5.1 sound works great, but really C-Media/Asus needs a utility to play around with settings and adjust things. With only 2-PCI slots can't afford to install another sound card, I already have ATSC capture card installed and plan to install another.
The front sound header looks like a headache, but one previous reviewer seems to have a simple modification to make it work.
Other Thoughts: For about 1/2 the price of many comparable boards, has same features, minus the overclocking potention. I'm happy to play at stock-speeds, so I will live with. IF you want mid-high performance on a budget with a little room to grow, nice MB!
Combo deals and Rebates on everything I got, great deals at NewEgg!