Joined on 10/12/02
2014 and still sounds good
Pros: Picked this card up in 2005, it still sounds great. Its been in and out of use over the years, but I reinstalled it maybe six months ago. Once I found some good Windows 7 64 bit drivers I was off and running. Ripping some old music CDs to my NAS never sounded better. Well worth the money to snag one cheap on the Bay
Cons: 9 years of ownership....none
Nearly 7 Years Later...
Pros: - The fact that this board is still in use everyday, problem free says it all. For a short time I boxed it, but then re-used it in a secondary build for my son. - Paired with a Phenom X4 965 and HD 6850, I can still squeeze more from this build by upgrading the graph-x card to something in the GTX 960 / R9 380X range.
Cons: - The day I'll actually have to discard it.
Overall Review: - I've used ASUS boards prior to this build and currently have newer builds running. I've used other board manufactures (Gigabyte, Abit, DFI, ASRock & MSI), but ASUS is by far my favorite.
Still Housing The Bits
Pros: Bought this back in 2009 for a budget rig. Over the years I've gotten back into gaming, so I've been upgrading. My latest upgrade was a HD 7970 to replace a HD 6850. I was a bit surprised to see the 7970 wouldn't fit due to the HDD cage. Like the other reviewer, I went ahead removed it (drilled out the rivets)...problem solved. I'll run this a couple more years at least.
Cons: Cage has to be removed as cards become larger and larger. Not a really a problem with the case, just a sign of the time. Perhaps a removable cage could have been used instead of riveted in.
Great 'lil card
Pros: The biggest "Pro" is that it is AGP. This card gave my single core machine a couple more years of life. I think I bought this card to replace an nVidia 6800GT. The 6800GT was great for Doom3 and Half-Life 2 Episode 1, but it struggled with Episode 2. Once I popped the 3850 in there I was good to go. If I recall, the AGP version was equally as fast as PCIe....if not a tad quicker.
Cons: For what it was, when every dropped AGP like a hot stone...None!!!
Overall Review: I only stopped using this card when the single core main CPU struggled with some of my son's CPU intensive games. This is one card I'll probably always keep. A bit of a collectors item in my mind.
Will Not Use Nan's Gaming Gear Again.
Nan's Gaming Gear was suppose to cancel my order and even acknowledged the cancellation. The cancellation was requested the day after order submission while the order had not shipped. The seller then shipped the order anyway, suggesting I go through Newegg for RMA and return shipping costs. Newegg has accepted the RMA, but I will still get stuck paying partially for the return cost as Newegg will only reimburse $10 on the $17 return shipping fee. Thanks to Newegg for stepping up, but I would rather pay more elsewhere if it means avoiding Nan's Gaming Gear.