Joined on 06/07/02
Pros: Awesome cooler, purchased this for my 4870 to replace the obnoxiously loud stock cooler. With the stock cooler I had to run it at 75%+ which would drown out any game, music or movie i was enjoying. My temps under load with this cooler are now lower than my idle temps with the stock cooler.
Cons: No thermal adhesive for the memory chips BUT the chips do come with this cooler so I won't dock it an egg.
Pros: A sharp looking Home Theater case.
Cons: Rather cramped and somewhat difficult to work with depending on the hardware you are placing into it but this is most likely true of most HT style cases.
Overall Review: Airflow wasn't quite as good as i had hoped, I did have to purchase a better heat sink for the Athlon 3000 series CPU which was running in my Media Center PC.
Pros: Another Awesome cooler from Arctic Cooling. I run this on my MSI6950 Reference card and with it flashed with 6970 bios and overclocked it runs at 43C under full load.
Cons: Only complaint is you have to buy the memory cooling chips separate. There are 5 different sets so make sure you get the right set for your card. If the cooler came with even some chip coolers i might have given it 5 eggs but with none requiring a separate order it must get 4. Again i am down rating the card because you have to get the memory chip coolers separate, the performance of the cooler itself is a solid 5 eggs.
Overall Review: I purchased my cooler and memory cooler chips from a site named for a certain south american jungle which Newegg won't let me post (Really? Seriously?) because Newegg didn't sell both and I didn't care to track two orders. Had those been available at Newegg i would have bought from my old reliable friend Newegg.
Pros: Very fast, high performance card for a price that isn't wallet busting. The ATI Control Center tools make managing custom settings profiles on the card and tweaking a breeze to set up and switch between.
Cons: Very long, make sure you have a spacious case or are not using whatever bays line up with the card. The fan on this thing is loud, very very loud even at 50%. if considering this card I would give consideration to an aftermarket cooling solution.