Date Joined: 02/10/03
Pros: Fist, excellent card! 1 Ultra OC beats up badly on 2 EVGA Superclocked in SLI in 1680x1050 reso! Also has the headroom for the future! Card actually runs cool if you use riva tuner! See below for advice on all 8800 video cards and their idle temps!
Cons: It's a very big card. What nobody is telling you is this card is actually a good inch or maybe slightly more LONGER than the 8800GTX and GTS cards! I barely fit this in my Tsunami case and keep the hard drive cage in!
Overall Review: All 8800s has a default fan setting built in to run the fan at only 25% while in idle. This keeps their temps in the high 50s and low 60s. My idle temp was typically 61 degrees Celsius. If you use Riva Tuner and adjust the low level settings, you can manipulate the fan control in all 8800s. Go there, set it to fixed speed of 100% duty cycle. This will cause the fan to run at top speed always to ensure your card always runs as cool as possible and should not be to detrimental to the life of the cooler. Hell if you bought an ultra, I doubt you plan on using it for 3-4 years anyways right? Well after doing this my idle temp on this card has now dropped to a stable 55 degrees Celsius. A 6 degree drop just by turning the fan on is a good thing to me! And if you ask me, this will probably extend the life of the card overall, as we know heat is what kills all electronics.
Pros: I just see a lot of reviews here complaining about this 4GB kit and issues in a 32-bit OS. I think it is completely ridiculous and unfair to knock this product because 32-bit has a hardware limitation that allows it to not recognize 4GB of RAM. You should only buy these 4GB kits if you plan on running XP 64-bit or Vista 64-bit.
Cons: You should only buy these 4GB kits if you plan on running XP 64-bit or Vista 64-bit. Standard 32-bit Operating Systems cannot physical address more than 3.1-3.4GB of RAM. That's why 64-bit exists!
Overall Review: You should only buy these 4GB kits if you plan on running XP 64-bit or Vista 64-bit. Standard 32-bit Operating Systems cannot physical address more than 3.1-3.4GB of RAM. That's why 64-bit exists!
Pros: Oh my... Where to start. This fan is truly a Dominator! It is massive! It will virtually cover your entire upper half of your motherboard from the video card up... But it's high up from the motherboard due to the huge heat pipes so it doesn't interfere with anything... AND it actually will take it's MASSIVE airflow and help cool your ram and northbridge... and if you have a mobo with a heat pipe to the southbridge, it's going to be cooling that also. This thing is so awesome, I have overclocked an AMD 4000+ from 2.4 to 2.8ghz and the temp went from 32C to 34C under full load in BF2142... The fan is only 1200 RPM so it's super quiet but produce so much airflow it's ridiculous!!! Gotta have this! Just don't use with DFI Lan Party, the Videocard slot will be in the way since ram is moved to the top of mobo. I'm using it on AMD4000+ and an E6600 Core 2 and overclocking is cakewalk.
Cons: There absolutely is none. The only problem would be the instructions for the socket 939 installation are wrong. They tell you to put the springs on to early... The picture is wrong, and who ever wrote the instructions was just following the picture.
The only other con I can think of is the Size... If you want to call it one. I would recommend installing Memory and any power plugs, heads, etc. before putting this beast in your case as it will be hard to reach anything.
Overall Review: This beast is so underutilized by the masses it baffles my mind. This is a hidden treasure of a heatsink and the best I have ever seen. And that comes from 7+ years in the GeekSquad, etc.