Joined on 07/26/05
Powerful, quite and cool
Pros: This card is as powerful as you would expect a GTX 580 to be, but it has a massive cooler that does a great job keeping this running cool while staying rather quiet. Idles at 28c, low 60s under load. No stability issues with my 750W, 60A power supply. No complaints so far.
Cons: Some people may find the length to be a problem for some cases, comments on that are below. I would not call this a con though, comes with the territory for a card like this.
Overall Review: Card is very long, I literally had to remove the hard drive bay, insert the graphics card, then reinstall the hard drive bay to make it work. Very tight fit in my mid tower. This is a dual slot card with a massive cooler, it actually takes 3 full slots up on the mobo.
Great performance for price, but runs hot under load.
Pros: Upgraded from GTX 580 and not disappointed with the substantial increase in speed, and it manages to be a full 1.5 inches shorter at the same time. Fan is quiet, even under load.
Cons: Runs hot under load, even into the 80C to 90C range. I think the default fan speeds may need to be tweaked upwards to mitigate this at the cost of a little more noise from the fan.
Overall Review: Required a BIOS update to work with mobo, can't really blame the card for that.
Good performance for the price
Pros: Upgraded from a GeForce 8800GT 512MB and I think this was a worthy upgrade around $150. Just popped into PCI-E slot, plugged in 6-pin connector, installed Catalyst drivers 10.7 and had no difficulties at all. Can push most games to high, or very high, settings with little trouble. Extremely pleased with the fact that this runs far cooler as well. Single slot card a plus. Fan runs far more quietly than my cpu fan (Zalman). Can run Far Cry 2 at maxed out settings except AA at 2x and it runs very well and looks great!
Cons: None, best card for $150.
Great buy for the price
Pros: This is the best deal for the price that I have seen for a long time. In terms of performance in Windows 7, it loads app rather quickly, can run the Aero interface without any trouble at all, and can do a bootup/shutdown in little time. In short, I was not expecting it to run this well considering that I normally build my own desktops by hand and tend to expect a lot... particularly for the price of $429.99. If you are wanting to just do the basics like work in MS Office, socialize and do work online, watch movies and listen to music then this is a great buy. I am a computer programmer and find that this is sufficient to study and practice anytime I am away from home and don't feel like working in the office in my house.
Cons: Some bloatware that you will need to uninstall, but it's not difficult to remove. And that's the type of thing that you would expect to see with laptop like this, so no complaints there.
Overall Review: If you are looking to play relatively new games then you need look elsewhere (and in a different price range).