Date Joined: 09/19/04
Pros: Small - single slot and short.
Low power requirement - 300W quoted on box.
Overall Review: I bought this card as part of an upgrade for a Dell E531. The Dell processor heat sink takes up a lot of space and doesn't leave room for double slot cards.
This card is single slot and short. It fitted easily with lots of space around for airflow.
With an AMD X2 6000+, 4GB RAM and Windows XP, this rig now gets 100+ fps at 1440x900 fps in World of Warcraft.
Pros: Easy fit. Runs cool and pretty quiet.
Cons: Nothing comes to mind.
Overall Review: Used this card as an upgrade for a freinds Dell E520. I was concerned hat the power supply in the Dell might not be up to it but it's run for over a month now with no problems. Pushed framerates in WoW up by over 40 fps over the onboard graphics.
BTW, BlackDragn (review below), you weren't seriously expecting this card to out-perform an 8800 based card, were you?
Pros: Easy to install. Low running temperature. Not much fan noise. Running on a Vista Ultimate PC, Pentium D 2.8GHz, 2Gb RAM. Getting 60 to 110 fps in World of Warcraft on highest settings.
Cons: Not much documentation but that wasn't an issue personally.
Overall Review: A nice card for the money. I'd read that the 8600GT didn't handle DirectX 9 games as well as the 7600GT. Mine is certainly outperforming the 7600GT in my other PC.
Pros: Inexpensive. Has good AGP support. Can take both DDR and DDR2 memory (separately).
Cons: I've have two major issues with this board. The first is a common one. Vista will not recognize anything plugged into the PCI slots. It's not a driver or resource issue, they just don't exist to Vista. The second issue is that Vista will only enable one core on the D805 installed. The BIOS sees both cores and the Vista device manager sees both but only one is enabled. System Configuration only gives he choice to use one. The Vista version in question is Business.
There are Vista chipset drivers available from Via but they made no difference. The BIOS is at the latest revision.
Overall Review: Look elsewhere for a Vista board. I'll be returning this one ASAP.
Pros: Bought this to replace an expired ATI 9600. Plays WoW at the highest settings at 1440x900 with no problems at all.
Installed in a midi-tower case. I had no problems with the fit despite what some folks have reported. It is a little longer that the average graphics card though.
I don't notice the fan as being particularly loud although my system isn't the quietest.
Runs at 65C most of the time and peaks to around 72C when playing Warcraft.
Cons: Nothing that bothers me at the moment.
Overall Review: The box now states that a 500W PSU is required. I have a 400W (I figured I'd get a more powerful one if needed) PSU and 3 hard drives, 2 optical drives and 8 USB ports. I've had no problem with power at all.
This card is a little expensive compared with PCI-E cards of similar capability but in the I.T. world, upgrading obselete equipment can be pricey.