Delay that new PC purchase by upgrading your graphics card...
7 January 2008
Summary: After alot of research, this is supposedly the fastest Graphics card I can squeeze into my son's "vintage" 5yr old Dell Dimension 4500 2.4 Ghz P4. He was sooo glad Santa's elves could construct such a device. Now we're able to run Half Life 2 Episode 2 (the latest greatest...um, as of Jan 08-ish). We're at 1024x768 on a 22" GE monitor, High texture, High Detail, Reflections on.
Summary: I didn't want to quite upgrade other components yet, and really just needed an NVIDIA card for playing games with WINE in Linux with good driver support. The price on this card went up after I purchased it, so it's starting to look like it's better to upgrade motherboard/cpu and purchase the less expensive but better PCI-E video cards at this time.
Summary: I was encouraged by the other reviews to try this video card but anxious that I may be disapointed. My configuration is aging, an MSI mobo with AMD sempron 3300+, 1.5 Gb PC 3200, an AGP slot with an old FX 5200 that was decent for non-aggresive use. I am really, really impressed with the difference as basically anything bellow games made only for DirectX 10 is working flawlessly at the maximum specification.
Summary: I am trying to gain just a little more time from an aging P4 system with an AGP 4X video port. This card fills the bill. It's backwards compatible with AGP 4X. The nVidea drivers installed without a hitch. The card is working great with no problems. Noticeable improvement over my old card from 4 years ago when playing games. Did have to upgrade the power supply though.
Summary: Well, I am just like many other users of MS FS9/FSX and I am just not quite ready to buy a new PC yet because we all know that PC hardware is constantly getting faster and remains at the relatively same price. As a result, I decided to give this card a try to provide some boosts to my frame rate for FS9 (and FSX at times).
Summary: If you're stuck with or insisting on an AGP interface, this is a very good card. The warranty sounds great, and I can play Age of Empires 3, Counterstrike:Source, Half Life 2, Command and Conquer 3, Generals, etc. all at 1280x1024 at high detail without a sweat. Although your milage may vary, it's hard to get a better AGP card at the price (good AGP cards are becoming rarer and rarer, so naturally this is probably why the PCI-Express equivalent version is cheaper).
Summary: I upgraded from ATI 9600XT on my old Dell Dimension 4550 with stock 250W PSU. This card has been stable and I'm playing all the first person shooter games I own at 1440x900 (even 1680x1050) resolution at mostly high settings (I used to play F.E.A.R. with 640x480 resolution at low settings). This card just extended the life of my PC for probably another year.
Summary: This is actually one of the better AGP cards that you'll be able to find out on the market considering that AGP is all but dead. With it I've been able to comfortably play Battlefield 2, F.E.A.R. and Guild Wars with no problems at the highest (or near highest) settings available. If you have an AGP slot and need a great graphics card, this guy is the way to go.