Joined on 11/04/04
Insane card...for AGP users...
Pros: Switch to this from an ATI All in wonder x800 XT. Didnt see much difference in FPS with none of the games that I have. Quality was about the same with my ATI card. Did a little bit of snooping, found out that the AA and AF were off. Put those on high, and well ....... enough said. The graphics of course were kicked up a whole lot. FPS stayed the same. Still have my ATI card. Reinstalled that and tested it out with settings on high. Graphics were awsome but dropped about 50-70 frames. So this card blows my ATI card away. Ran 3dmark 05: x800 - 3156 7800 - 6856 Right there this card doubled in performance and graphics. Tested Half-Life 2 AA off AF off: x800 - 84 FPS (avg) 7800 - 155 FPS (avg) There, huge increase in performance. Tested Half-Life 2 AA x6 AF x16: x800 - 38 FPS (avg) 7800 - 155 FPS (avg) Here you can see that the x800 card lost more then half its performance. The 7800 wasnt even concerned with the AA or AF.
Cons: .......size? if thats even an issue.
Overall Review: I know HL2 is not the latest game out there but you can do the math and figure it out. These tests were done with an AMD 64 3700+ Clawhammer 2.4 Ghz, 2 gigs of RAM and those 2 cards. Hopefully those little tests helps you make the right choice. As for me, well I am very happy with this card.
Great card for common user.....
Pros: Good Card, plays most older games. Card is really quiet and runs Internet Explorer and all windows application quite well.
Cons: Not really for games. I used to own this card about 2 months ago. I am a hardcore gamer, like most of you that buy on newegg, but for that person that just likes to surf and play light games, this card is for you. If you are a hardcore gamer, I would invest in something better. Example I upgraded from this to an ATI Radeon x800GTO. Difference is huge, and I believe it was 100 bucks more. Once again if you are a true gamer, you would go for better.
Overall Review: The card itself is great, I mean it ran mechwarrior 4, Medal of Honor, Black and White 1, Half-life 1, Castle Wolfenstein, etc. Like I said older games, but runs those on full settings just great. I got around 40-60 fps with this card. Card is great for the common user. Reason for the 3 stars was well because I found something better. If you have the money and are a heavy gamer, go for a bigger bang. If you dont have the money and are a light gamer then get this card or something similar to this card.
Great processor but....
Pros: This is an awsome processor. It has a lot of room for overclocking and a whole lot of room for mutliple tasks to be performed simultaneously. Very fast, very reliable, even the fan on this thing does a very good job.
Cons: A lot of people have said that this processor is not worth the price. It all depends on what you use it for. For example if gaming is your deal then this processor is probably a bit too much since you will not be utilizing all of its cores. Video editing, graphics design, even using in game recorders such as FRAPS, this processor will handle that with no issues.
Overall Review: Like said in the CONS, do not bash the processor just because you do not use all of its cores or do not use it like it is meant to be used. Example given, if you check out YouTube and type in "980x Metro" in the search box, I have a video on how this processor performs in gaming. Just look up my user name which is on the left side <===. For what I use this processor for, I get my money's worth. If gaming is all you do and nothing else, then go with the i5 920 which is more than enough to run high end games and you save yourself a little bit of money. If you want the best of the best and have money to spare then by all means get this processor. Ultimatley it is your money and you do what you want with it.
Pros: It has a lot of nice features in it. Lot of editing options and has a lot of potential.
Cons: This thing is great when it works. I tried making an intro and was pulling my hair out trying to figure out why it kept crashing. Then when I tried to create the movie it would say render error. Like said in previous comments, their service is terrible. I guess it is the luck of the draw with this product. I am no genius at creating and editing movies but I know a few things here and there, but for this thing not to even work is frustrating. I have tried uninstalling and re-installing and still same issues.
Overall Review: My suggestion is look for another Movie editing software and stay away from this one. Ultimately though it is your money so if you prefer to waste 100 bucks then by all means go for it. Good luck to whoever buys this product and for those of you that have it working just fine, I envy you. Good luck.
Great graphics, horrible reliability
Pros: Great graphics.
Cons: Even graphics are not that great. Some games out there are close to this game. Also, I do not know what system is needed to run this thing, at high settings with resolutions at 1280x720, I am getting no more then 35 frames per sec. Forget about going to very high settings, and any higher resolutions. I tried to max out all settings to very high and run at 2560x1600, freeze. Like said in previous reviews, EA is known for not sending out patches, they take your money and run. At best I could play this game, for what it allows me to play at 1920x1080, all settings on high running at no more then 30 FPS. I know this is a high demanding game, but I have to go down to medium or low settings to get over 50 FPS. Do not buy this game, great graphics yes, but you will need a NASA pc to run this thing.
Overall Review: Like I said before, this game is very demanding on your pc, and I thought I had the PC to run it. Here are my specs, you be the judge of what I should be getting, performance wise with this game. My Specs: AMD FX-74 x 2. Which means I have 2 processors, both dual core overclocked to 3.4 ghz making it a quad core system. 8 gigs of XMS2 RAM overclocked to 1066mhz. X-Fi Fatal1ty soundcard. 30 inch Dell monitor max res 2560x1600. Dual 8800 Ultras running in SLI both overclocked 725/1325. Maxtor Raptor 10000rpms. Windows Vista ultimate x64 bit. All of this is liquid cooled using koolance liquid system. Again, if your machine is faster then this, then by all means try this game, but I am pretty sure that my system can run this game, even at 1920x1080 with settings set to very high, but it doesnt. Side note, all drivers have been updated for PC. Beware of game, I get around 70 FPS with world in conflict at 2560x1600 with 4xAA. Just a quick comparison.
Pros: Only one thing to say about this video card. Fast. This thing can run any game thrown at it. I upgraded from 7950 GT in SLI, and the difference is huge. I used to get 45 AVG FPS on Bioshock with my old cards. Now I am getting on average 98 FPS, running at 2560x1600, 8xAA 16xAF. FEAR 120 AVG FPS, 8xAA 16xAF. Oblivion outdoors full throttle graphics, 2560x1600 forced 8xAA 16xAA, 76 AVG FPS. I have 2 of these in SLI, pointless with today's games. I just like going for the best, personal choice. The only way to take advantage of both these cards is running full graphics at the highest possible resolution, 2560x1600. If your monintor cannot hit these resolutions, even at 1920x1200, one card can handle anything. If you have money laying around and nowhere else to spend it, two of these monsters will give you enough juice to play any game until you die. <----that would be sarcasm. On a serious note, this card will suit your needs, if the pocket book allows.
Cons: Yes, size is an issue, heat is an issue, but what these cards offer, that should not keep anyone from getting this thing. If you have the money to buy this card, then you should have the cash to cough up a little extra for a bigger case. Heat, people that engineer these things know what they are doing, well we all hope so, if your card overheats to extreme levels then by all means, call to replace or find out what is heating them up. With fan at 100%, my cards hit temps of 80c underload, which is normal. Added some liquid cooling, I now get to 52c underload, on a bad day. Do not be afraid of these cards getting that high on temps. They were made to take that punishment. Power hungry, need at least a 750 watt power supply to run these babies.
Overall Review: Final thought, these cards are not cheap, not because of their price tag, but you need very good companions for these things in order to get full advantage. For example a good PSU, a good processor, and some good RAM, a motherboard is an option as well. Again, it is not the cards that are expensive, it is everything else that you need in order to take full adavantage of the cards. My system, Motherboard: L1N64-SLI WS, Dual-core FX-74 x 2 which means 2 processors running Dual-Cores each @ 3.0ghz, 8 GIGS Corsair XMS2 RAM, Soundblaster X-Fi Platinum, Dual 8800Ultra KO in SLI, 750 GIG 7200 RPM Seagate HD, DELL 30" Flat Panel MAX RES. 2560x1600, Logitech Z-5500, CMSTACKER CoolMaster Full Tower. Power and Cooling 1000W PSU, Koolance Exos-2 LX liquid cooling system.