Summary: replaced my old 6600 (garbage) that my comp came with. i went from being unable to bioshock to being able to play it on full settings - which is good since that was the sole reason why i upgraded at the time.
Pros: great deal for the money
Cons: as with all graphics cards, by the time they're cheap, they're outdated
Summary: I custom built my computer. eVGA 680i, intel e6750 @ 3.4ghz (stock 2.66ghz), 2.5gb ocz sli pc6400 (really 4gb). The red circuit board used makes others think you have ATI card's in your system. UPGRADE the coolers!
Pros: I have owned this video card for over 4 months and have had no problems with it what so ever. I have installed a Zalman ZF-900 heatsink and memory heatsinks and have two of these running SLI'd. I have this overclocked using "ATI Tool" at 680/900 and am running flawlessly. The temperatures never g...
Cons: They are not 8800's or 9600's. The card doesn't have standard size 3-pin fan connectors, they have the smaller ones that only the Stock cooler uses.
Summary: This isn't an 8800GT, but for half the price you get excellent gameplay. Card does a great job running FEAR on my 22" LCD. Price to performance, this is the card to buy for a mid-range system.
Pros: Runs games, perfect for a mid-range gamer. I like the included MSI Dual Core Center, makes it easy to overclock.
Summary: With the rebate, this card is a steal! Get it while it's cheap and has a free game included!
Pros: Considering I went from an ATI Radeon x300SE video card to this, the performance increase is amazing! I guess by most standard this card will be considered mid range, but it's handled most games I've thrown at it incredibly well! Install was a breeze and I've never noticed any problems with my st...
Cons: None that I've noticed. I haven't tried more graphic intense games like Crysis with this card, but I'd imagine it could perform well enough on medium and lower settings.
Summary: Computer basing this on: EVGA 650i Ultra T1, C2Q 6600 @ 2.66, AS-5 Paste, MSI 8600GT OC 256MB, 2GB Corsair XMS DDR2-800, 36GB WD Raptor, 250GB Seagate Barracuda (SATA), Philips 20x DVD+/-RW (SATA), Cooler Master eXtreme Power 500W, Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 w/ added 120mm front fan
Pros: Excellent price to performance ratio. Mine doesn't run hot. Noise level is on par with similar cards (don't plug it into a HTPC or anything though without dampening, obviously) Comes with automatic overclocking software to give greater control to beginners.
Cons: Included installation disk has some quirks and wasn't actually able to install the drivers for the card. Had to go to the MSI website, not a big deal. Of the included software, besides the automatic overclocking tool and GPU monitor software, the rest is pretty much junkware, don't install it.
Summary: Updated drivers manually after install. No live update. Replaced ATI 2600PRO and got a lot better image quality. Not much of a gammmer but do like to race on dirt tracks. This thing flys. I mainly record old TV shows with Win Media Center and edit with Movie Maker.
Pros: Price was just right. Improved Win Performance from 4.8 to 5.9. Regular TV looks like HD. Images are sharp and clear. Was able to increase screen resolution on Samsung Monitor from 1480x960 to 1680x1050 with no loss in quality. It even did it automatically after drivers where installed.
Cons: Bundled software was confussing. Could't figure out exactly what I had as screen documentation was poor. Installed some of it to find out when Windows rebooted it needed authorization to run. Finally uninstalled all of it. Just used the drivers.