Date Joined: 12/25/07
Pros: This thing pumps amazing bass through my headphones, I didn't know my headphones were able to do that. It does slightly improve my frame rate.
Cons: Had a couple driver issues but no big deal, mostly my fault. Pretty pricey but I got a good mail in rebate.
Overall Review: If you are going to buy this product I recommend getting it when the price drops or they have some sort of deal, this card has great sound compared to my onboard, and the onboard is fairly new.
Pros: This board is great for the price. Comes with overclocking utilities. I was able to get my AMD 5000+ BE to 3.2 ghz stable just by increasing the multiplier. North and South bridge don't run that hot.
Cons: The IDE port is a bit of a hassle to get to if you don't plug it in first. This board will only support 1066 memory if you have the right processor, so don't spend extra money on 1066 unless you have a phenom or something. I was unaware of this.
Overall Review: Great board would recommend it if you don't plan on going SLI, or Crossfire. Great for the price.
Pros: Keeps my Amd 5000+Black edition nice and cool. Low 40's with a full load. The installation was very easy, this is quite large though and I had to take my thermal duct off. I will put a fan there instead.
Cons: Quite large if that is a problem for some people.
Overall Review: Very quiet, comes with thermal paste.
Pros: Direct x 10, but I don't have Vista. Takes up 1 slot.
Cons: Runs very hot, about 47C in my case which has 3 case fans. Image seemed kind of fuzzy and not very smooth.
Overall Review: My last card was an eVGA 7600GS and I loved it, but I was not as impressed with the 8600GT. I would strongly recomend doing a little more research, and possibly spending a little bit more.