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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Using the new drivers, released on 3/28 (CCC 7.3) and didn't help. Out of RMA period, so let's see what happens now.
Pros: Hot, hot, hot, long, did I say hot? Great when it works, fine in 2D, on 2142, chokes after ~20 minutes. Power hungry, better have a decent sized PS (500w+).
Cons: Fan is awful. Why would you want to push hot air back into the case? Manufacturers need to just use a second slot and exhaust out the rear. Can only assume my issues are heat related, bt with case open and ambient air at 72 degrees, this is hard to imagine. ATI needs to go back to the ATI tools f...
Summary: Hard to justify with the low-end dx10 cards available for not much more money. I can't recommend with the heat problems. Not being overclockable is unusual but understandable, but overheating at stock speeds is unacceptable and so it may be my last Ati card.
Pros: As a longtime NV person, I can say image quality is much better.
Cons: Really major design problems with heat. Even at stock speeds I frequently get artifacts if playing for long. And forget overclocking with the stock cooler, a few fsb will cause crashes. Also there are some major bugs in all but the latest drivers.