Summary: This is a great solution for middle to low end systems. Even though it was great in its time, it never filled my expectations. the performance has always been half way of what this chip could deliver. Only its sibbling equipped with DDR5, could unleash it, the 4870. but again, overall it fits to most of the needs in a budget.
Summary: I love this card. It has become so much more than I thought it would be. I don't do gaming, I bought it to watch blu rays on my HD tv. The hdmi sends a perfect picture every time. I did have to buy a new power supply because the one I had wasn't powerful enough, but that takes nothing away from this great piece of equipment. Definitely recommend to buy.
Summary: I am very happy with this card. It will fit in a mid-size case with a micro-board. It does require additional power but works fine for me with a 350 watt supply. For a little more I could have gone with the HD 4870 but that is a whole different animal. This card is just fine for regular on-line gaming and stuff. I think this is the card for most peoples needs.
get a gtx 260 instead if you cannot find this card for 60$ or less.
11 July 2011
Summary: This is an excellent buy for 60$ I personally would rather spend another 15-20$ for a gtx 260 but the customer had a budget that was really tight and this fit the bill. This card seems very thin and does not look like much when you look at it but works well for the money.
Summary: This card has plenty of power to drive video on double HD monitors (27" & 40"). It can drive full HD blu-ray on one monitor and streaming video on a second. Many video editing programs can use the graphics processor to significantly boost editing performance. It may not be the best choice for the extreme gamer but should be more than adequate for anyone else. When selecting a video card, always remember to take into account the power requirements as well as the price.