Joined on 05/16/04
Pros: Excellent video card with a lowe profile and a nice price. Runs Battlefield2 with all settings on high and 2xaa at 1024x768 without a hitch. It could probably run it higher, but I run it a little low for frame rate purposes.
Cons: none, other than that now the 8800 series of cards will make this obsolete faster than I would prefer.
Overall Review: I've used primarily ATI cards when building computers, but have recently switched to NVIDIA. In my opinion their drivers seem more stable and have fewer issues, so I wuld say getting this card couldn't be a mistake unless xxx dollars is outsied your budget.
good card, not perfect
Pros: The system I installed this on was an Intel 865 chipset motherboard, with a P4 at 3.4 Ghz. It had 2GB of RAM and a Radeon x800XT 256MB video card. Old 3dmark05 and 06 scores were 3250 and 5260 respectively. The game played most on the system was BF2 and it was set to a mix of high and medium settings at a resolution of 1024x768 and it had some slow down occasionally. Installed this card and the 3dmark scores went to 4520 and 6850 respectively, and BF2 settings were raised to all high with 2x anti-aliasing and a resolution of 1280x1024, and it runs smoothly now, with no noticeable slowdown. Very nice if you ask me.
Cons: Drivers. This AGP version of the 7950 does not use the standard universal forceware drivers. You must use the driver on the CD which is not fully developed. Certain games such as Oblivion have serious driver related problems, and even some motherboards may have problems with this driver. BEWARE. It's not perfect and you may have problems.
Overall Review: This card is rather long and it took some re-arranging to make it fit in my case. Fortunately it doesn't cover and ports connectors or jumpers, but I lucked out. Check the dimensions before you order it because it may just not fit in your case, or cover up something important on your motherboard. Overall a great card though for an aging AGP system. sans the drivers of course.
the most bang for your buck
Pros: Extremely fast architecture. Low temps at idle and under full load. Dual core if your apps support it. Massive performance improvement over a P4 3.4 prescott. Great price point.
Cons: The next step Core 2 Duo and up have 4MB of on-die cache versus this one at 2MB. It's a small difference considering everything else is the same, and it has a high overhead for over-clocking.
Overall Review: The system I built around this processor was a total overhaul, going from a socket 478 system with AGP to an LGA775 with PCI-E. The performance gain from the faster DDR2 to having a PCI-E video card and having the core2duo probably affected my perception of just how fast the processor really is, but there is no denying it, in processor benchmarks it still blows away another processor in that price range.
Not a rainbow six game
Pros: Some cool new effects, and fancy cover and concealment modes.
Cons: Some cool new effects, and fancy cover and concealment modes. Even these things may seem "freakin awesome" its not rainbow six. The original rainbow six games were tactical shooters that were extremely realistic. Gone are the planning modes, gone are the various teams in favor of hollywood style "SWAT" teams. If your an orignal Rainbow Six fan, prepare to cry as there is no tactical shooter to be had out there. CS doesnt count. Its not tactical.
Overall Review: All the bug problems asside, and poor performace on even high end systems, this game is at best, an average action shooter. There are a lot of games out there with better mechanics and overall gameplay. Its frustrating to see now that Ubi has bought out Red Storm, there won't be anymore ultra realistic games coming out in favor of the knuckle-dragging console community.
Pros: Lots of ships from the series, faithfully recreated. Some innovative controls like warp. Voice acting by the originals.
Cons: This game sort of promoted itself to the star trek community as the next Bridge Commander. The truth is though, it's not bridge commander. It lacks the scale and feel of Bridge commander. Planets are not to scale and spin so fast that anyone on them should be hurled off the surface. Overall it feels like a battle of miniature starships compared to bridge commander, in which not only could interact with your fleet but entire bridge crew.
Overall Review: If your looking for a great starship battle sim, get bridge commander and head of BCfiles on the internet to get the mods. It will be more satysfing in the end.