Joined on 05/26/07
Pros: ASUS Delivers as usual. This is a Perfect option if you need a high performance, upper range VGA without spending exorbitant amounts of money. I Added this Card to an AMD Phenom II Quad Core system 3.4 GHz with 12 Gb of ram and It will blow through any video task without a hitch. I can play pretty much any game at full resolution with highest quality settings without sacrificing too much framerate. I am a photographer and need the extra graphics horsepower to process my images quickly. This card made a difference when running Photoshop and Lightroom. The programs open very quickly and process much faster. I also edit 1080/60p video occasionally as my video camera is capable of shooting in that mode. Once I added this graphics card to my machine, it became the only one I know of that can play it back smoothly. This thing is a beast with it's huge cooler with heat pipes but it does keep the thing cool and stable. Fan is quiet though because it doesn't have to run at full blas
Cons: As expected in a high performance VGA like this, Its big and heavy taking up 2 card spaces and because it has an aluminum backplate to support it (which is actually a good thing) it might be difficult to fit a card next to it. So, depending on your motherboard and case, it might take up 3 slots. It takes up 2 pci power connectors from the power supply, I guess one is for the fan. 1 Gb of vram compared to other options but that's why this one is cheaper
Overall Review: Overall very satisfied with this card. I use ASUS components when I can because they are the most reliable. The "Rock Solid" in their motto holds true. This thing is constructed very well. I think the AMD/ATI vision system works very well, especially since they are the same company now. I use ATI gpu's exclusively because they simply perform better and are way more reliable than Nvidia gpu's In my lifetime of working with computers, I have seen 6 Nvidia cards fail by going out completely or showing horizontal bands. 2 were mine and the others were from friends and family's computers. I have yet to see an ATI gpu fail. They don't always have the speed edge compared to Nvidia but ATI's are more stable and will outlive an Nvidia. Plus ATI cards have better drivers.
Does It's job
Pros: It works, It's quiet, and stays cool with a larger cooling fan that doesn't have to spin as fast and make a racket like some other power supplies. Good deal for a high performance modular power supply. Comes with Nice cables in a fancy little bag to keep them all together.
Cons: None that I can think of