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GIGABYTE GeForce 8800 GT DirectX 10 GV-NX88T512HPV1 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's an 8800GT, and review sites will tell you exactly how 8800GT's perform at stock - so I'll just say, it's plenty fast for the money and has performed flawlessly at everything.
Not only do you get an 8800GT, but you get gigabyte to overclock it and strap on a Zalman cooler for you. That's a plus. It cools much better - maximum core temp is 58C under full load for two hours @ 700mhz (default for this card).
Gigabyte also re-designed nVidia's reference card layout to make the card shorter - it is the same length as my old 6600GT, for reference.

Cons: It's a little pricey - not too much, because remember you get a custom layout, high quality components, and a Zalman cooler. But still, a little on the expensive side. But if you can get it with a rebate as I did (newegg rocks, of course), then you're all set.
Also, the card does not seem to be able to report its fan RPM - the only thing that comes back is the percentage of maximum speed, which I can live with.

Other Thoughts: Always use the latest drivers straight from nvidia, not the disk. Gigabyte's GamerHUD software allows you to up the voltage of the card from the default 1.15 to 1.20, which is cool if you're case is well cooled and you want some extra speed without having to mod anything.
YOU CAN ADJUST THE FAN SPEED. Adjusting the "Fan Duty Cycle %" in nvidia drivers or *everyone's favorite 3rd party nvidia tuner* changes the speed of the fan just fine. I have mine at 80% and the noise is minimal.

SilenX IXP-74-14 120mm Case Fan
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Good but Short Lived 07/10/2007

This review is from: SilenX IXP-74-14 120mm Case Fan

Pros: They are indeed quiet and push a lot of air for the amount of noise they generate.

Cons: They wear out quickly. I've been through two of these in the past year. They work great at first, but after a few months of meduim to heavy use, they start buzzing and eventually stop being able to spin altogether.

Other Thoughts: The bottom line: The decent price and performance cannot outweigh the extraordinarily short lifespan. Would be a good product, but they always, always die. Do yourself a favor 6 months from from now and spend your money on a fan with similar specs from another brand.


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Display Name: James F.

Date Joined: 08/24/06

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  • First Review: 07/10/07
  • Last Review: 06/24/08
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