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Pros: Plays GRID Demo at 35fps Average (62fps Max) @1920x1200 for true HD Widescreen Gaming! All for $80! Yeah you can have a card for more money and run games a bit faster but is it worth it? Older DX9c title GT Legends runs 80fps average (109fps Max) I don't play FPS' sorry no feedback on that.
Other Thoughts: SD Content via Direct TV 2-4% CPU usage, OTA HD@1080i 10-12% CPU usage. Totally off-loads DXVA, H.264, Blu Ray, VC-1 from the CPU. For HTPC Owners (Like me) that want to play current games and older titles that use to take a previous generation high end card to play maxed out @1920x1200, this card handles it with EASE! Why get older tech? This beats everything including the 9600GT when you compare value to performance and it won't play games much faster for you to even notice... I'll add a video of gameplay later...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Where I bought mind is still less after tax than the lowest priced HD3870, think closer to HD3850 prices... Run GRID on High@1920x1200 AAx2 (35-40fps) smooth as glass, yeah not uber fast on Ultra like you would get on a HD4870, but for my budget it worked
Cons: Takes up two slots and that's an issue with a HTPC type mATX board like the Gigabyte 690G I have. I had to remove one of my tuner cards in order to install it. Only to find GRID Demo 1.1 would crash to BSOD for some reason, only program or game that does it, deleted it
Other Thoughts: Well this is going back to that local store (60 miles one way!) Glad I bought it locally so I can return it, no restocking fee. There's some use for B&M after all... I'm going to skip the 3000's all together now that the HD46xx cards will be here in about 15 days, going to upgrade the motherboard instead with the new 790GX chipset!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Has Dual PCI-e slots!, HD3300 IGP laughs at HD content, HDCP works, a few configurations allow your system to grow as your budget allows and AMD's support of AM2+ platform for a few more years.
Cons: Lacks S/PDIF output! Can't use....
Other Thoughts: To the reviewer that states "Its an HTPC board".It has 2 PCI-e Express 16 slots, that would be your first clue. Why else would it have two slots. Maybe for YOU its an HTPC board because you have no intention of putting video card(s) in your machine. However it can be many things to many people. HTPC to some, basic PC for others, Gaming PC for some and a complete multi-media powerhouse to those that would like to purse that. Why put a limitation on it???READ FULL REVIEW