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Paul T.

Paul T.

Joined on 02/07/03

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Linux drivers not there

HIS Silence Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card H557HR1G
HIS Silence Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card H557HR1G

Pros: (Disclaimer: I run Ubuntu Linux 10.04 and play games under Wine.) - Good performance for the price. I got decent framerates @ 1680x1050 with Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. - Uses around 50 Watts, so it's good for lower power systems. Fanless and therefore quiet. - Requires no power connectors--draws all the power through the motherboard - Fits easily in my MicroATX case.

Cons: The linux drivers need a lot of work. I have Ubuntu 10.04 32 bit. After installing the new card, my X server would crash. I had to boot up to text mode and test a lot of different settings before the X server would start. After that, I tried both the bundled version of ATI's drivers and the most recent one downloaded from the website. Although I got good framerates, I could not find a resolution to the following problems: 1) My sound wouldn't work when the ATI driver was loaded 2) A big red "1" (number) appears in the upper left corner whenever I would launch a game (latest Catalyst driver) 3) An "unsupported" watermark appears in the lower right when I'm not using the latest Catalyst driver. 4) Half-Left 2 crashed when not using the latest driver

Overall Review: For most budget/energy-conscious gamers who don't want to play the very latest, this is probably a good card. However, for Linux, steer clear and stick with NVidia for now. I feel like maybe I should be posting this on a linux forum but I use NewEgg reviews to check for Linux compatibility--maybe others do as well. 3 eggs because, although this didn't meet my needs, this issue is not likely to affect most people.

LOUD!

Rosewill RFA-120-K - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Sleeve Bearing, Silent
Rosewill RFA-120-K - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Sleeve Bearing, Silent

Pros: Works fine.

Cons: I bought it to replace a fan with a bearing that was failing, but the new fan is actually noiser than the old one. It's loud, so I'm giving it two stars. It makes more noise than the CPU fan, GPU fan, and auxiliary case fan put together. Many other purchasers say it was a "quiet" fan so maybe this one has manufacturing defect (bad bearing?)