Summary: I purchased the X1950 video board as a used item. Like anything used there is a risk. Well, my screen goes black when trying to to play steaming games, like Sniper-Ghost Warrior. On other gamesit seems to be okay, but for steaming it's not good. It had a good price so I don't feel bad about the purchase. There were risk and it crapped.
Summary: I read two hours worth of reviews on several web sites before I took the plunge and purchased this highly acclaimed graphics card by ATI (now owned by AMD). First, I had to replace my power supply unit. The card requires at least 450 watts of power. The PSU cost me $100.00. Moreover, my old power supply didn't have a six-pin power plug (ATI doesn't supply a dongle like Nvidia does). The new power supply is also a lot noisier than I had hoped.
Summary: This card is much faster than my old 6800GS. However, for the first time ever, in the many PCs I have built, I have programs that run but with NO video. I have programs that only run after I deleted all software "updates" that I downloaded from their site. I even had to make adjustments to MS media player, to get it to play properly. Customer service consisted of the usual "technician" reading from a script, who told me I needed to upgrade to MS media player v10.
Summary: I have a HP Pavilion a730n (3 years old) and bought this card to replace an older ATI card. During installation into the PCI Express slot on the motherboard I discovered that the 26 pin power supply connector was in the way. I removed the connector to find out after seating the board it prevented me from plugging the power supply cable back in. The card was now useless and I had to return it.