Joined on 03/01/07
Pros: Very fast and quite. Very easy to install. Case temp dropped a degree because of better airflow now that I don't have any more IDE cables in there.
Cons: It took 6 days to get to me. Not neweggs fault, ordered friday afternoon, newegg had it processed and in UPSs hands before the night was over. UPS had its sitting in the same place for 2 whole shipping days, and took 5 to get here.
Overall Review: Make sure you have a Mpeg2 decoder with your media player if you want to watch dvds. Didn't know I needed one and media player 11 doesn't have one, so have to go buy one now. The price for one seems to average about ten bucks though.
Pros: Looks nice, is 120mm. Quick shipping.
Cons: The 80mm two dollor m@ssc00l I have keeps my cpu 10 degrees less at 40*C, with this installed it idels at 50*C.
Overall Review: size obviously doesnt matter, save money and space go with a good 80mm, or spend a little more and get a real good 120mm.
Best deal in a long time
Pros: 34fps average in Crysis on all high settings @ 1280x1024 in 64bit Vista. Scors 12700 in 3Damrk06 when OCed to 860/2604 with a 4.3Ghz E8400. Never goes over 53C. Plays every game at highest settings under 1680x1050 res. Comes with over $100 in software.
Cons: Doesnt OC quite as high, or score as well as the Gigabyte version of the 3870 with the zalman cooler, but it runs much cooler.
Overall Review: I had the Gigabyte card with the zalman cooler, but it ran in the 65C range. Sold it planning on getting an X2, but funds ran low so I got this instead. Definatly worth the price with all the included goodies. Have a Gigabyte EX38-DS4 mobo, 4gb of Crucial Ballistix, E8400 OCed to 3.6ghz for daily use, and this card. I did get the card from here, just not from this account, my father ordered for me.
Best Single GPU
Pros: This is the fastest single GPU card available, for a little over three hundred bucks. You really cant complain. Its main competitor is the 3870X2 which is seventy dollors more, and this wins in most cases, and wins every time AA is used.
Cons: Its an OCed 8800GTS G92, but it can OC much higher, and supports tri SLI. If you are using an 8800GT or anything slower, then this would make a nice upgrade.
Overall Review: Scores 15k in 3Dmark06 with a 3ghz quad, gets 35fps in Crysis on high 1920x1200. I got mine elsewhere, but I do have one. Just this one card is about as good as the GX2, and two of them are way better, for the same price. Three beats two GX2s as well, for nine hundred dollors aposed to twelve hundred.
Best Bang For Buck
Pros: 32fps in Crysis on high 1280x1024. 13K 3Dmark06. Slaughters my 256mb 8800GT in everything. Gears Of War on highest settings (DX9), never goes under 55fps(capped at 62). Is very quiet, cant hear it at all and fan is at 100%. Can be used in crossfire with the 3870X2, which is best for people with two PCIe slots since there is very little gain from 3-4gpus. Comes with a free game, and is the cheapest 3870 you can get. OCed 100mhz on the core and memory without a hitch.
Cons: Stays pretty warm, even with the cooler on there. My XFX 8800GT never went over 52C, this loads at 70C. ATI 8.3 drivers are stop working randomly when at desktop and cause BSOD.
Overall Review: Do not worry about the GDDR3 memory on this card. The reason Nvidia skipped GDDR4 is because there is no gain from it because of the very high latencies. There is no performance difference at all between this card and other GDDR4 ones. I have this OCed to 880/1050 with a E8400 at 4Ghz, 4gb Crucial Ballistix, Gigabyte EX38-DS4, Corsair 550vx PSU.
No Longer D9 chips
Pros: There cheap after rebate.
Cons: I first bought a set of these about 6months ago, and they were D9 chips. I could run 900Mhz 4-4-4-12 with 2.1v. Now, with these(single sided, non D9 chips), to run 900Mhz it has to be 5-5-5-15 at 2.2v. Not happy, and will not buy/recomend again.
Overall Review: I would go with an other brand, look around the web to find out which are D9s. If you dont overclock then this wont matter to you, but if you didnt overclock you wouldnt be looking at these anyway huh.