Joined on 07/20/01
Pros: Fast as heck. Great upgrade from 6800GT.
Cons: Not sure if it's a bad card, or if I have a bad mobo.
Overall Review: This card was an RMA exchange for a 7800GT that was dying/dead. As soon as I got the 7900GT, I was thrilled to see how quiet it was. However, the first night I had it installed, I was getting temps of about 64C while playing World of Warcraft. Later that night, it locked up, blue screened on nv4_disp, forcing me to power down. This has happened a handful of times now. I've even gone as far as updating to the latest version of the nVidia drivers, 91.47 as well as my motherboard's BIOS.
Great little box, a little loud
Comments: I have been entranced by these things since I built one for my buddy six months ago. I put together the SS51 for him, and he's loved it, and I've loved it. I decided it was time to downsize from my mongo watercooled world of A7N8X Deluxe and step into something sleeker and sexier...for me and my wife. These are a little loud, but what can you do? Well, you can modify them. I replaced the heatpipe fan w/ the Vantec Stealth 80mm. Changed the Northbridge fan w/ a Zalman Gold fanless heatsink, and changed the PSU fan with a very hard to find 40mm ADDA fan that is 14dBA.
Built this for a friend
Comments: I put this together a few weeks back for a good friend who relied on my services! We set him up with a P4 2.53, two 256MB Corsair PC2700 DIMMs, a WD 80GB Special Edition Hard Drive, a Plextor 12/10/32A CD-Burner that he had, and a Radeon 9700 Pro video card! We cranked out 13,756 3DMark2001SE! We didn't even try to overclock his video card or his memory or CPU!
Can't get any better than this
Comments: I was a little bit reserved when I first received this product. I thought, yeah, it'll print just like those old HP photo printers which printed like crap a few years back. When I printed my first 4x6 and 8x10, I almost crapped my pants. This thing is stellar. It'll blow you away. The only way you can tell the prints are from a printer and not a lab would be to look at them under a microscope!