Joined on 03/16/03
To anyone getting BSOD with this board
Comments: I have this board and have seen a number of people on forums getting BSOD and reboots using ATI video cards. I don't know if it's the card or not, but I kept getting reboots and a DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error referencing "http.sys". If you get this, it seems to be a conflict with a firewall (nVidia or other...I uninstalled my nVidia firewall, but still got the error). Uninstall the SSDP Discovery Service in WindowsXP. As soon as I did that, my crashes went away. It's only been 2 days, but 2 stable days with no crashes. Good board, nice sound, onboard NIC worked with no setup other than driver and proper computer name for cable modem. For the price, it's very nice.
Comments: If you are looking for a mainstream PCI-E, this is a good choice. You don't get any extras like software you won't use (usually, you get some outdated games and such), but you get performance. I don't have any benchmarks to post, but gaming is great. I was playing World of Warcraft (not the most taxing of games, I know) in 1024x768 with most eye candy turned off on my old 9600XT and Athlon 1GHz, and it was still skipping. My AMD 3200+, 1GB memory, and this video card, and I'm playing in 1600x1200 with most everything turned to full detail (full draw distance is amazing), and it doesn't skip a beat. The difference is incredible. I'm going to eventually reload HL2 to see all I missed in that...because judging from the difference in WOW, I know I'm going to enjoy playing HL2 again. Great card!
Comments: I was a bit leery of a cooler this big and heavy, but I checked with the site mentioned and my motherboard was compatible. Installation was easy enough using Arctic Silver 5. My initial temperatures were about 29-30C idle. I thought something was not reading right, as I live in Louisiana, and it's downright HOT. I used 3dMark05 and SiSoft to do some testing, and the temp never got above 35C. I think my fan speed is set at midway to max and I can't hear it...although the power supply does tend to drown out other fan noise, it's much more silent than my old system. I recommend for cooling and quiet.