I like gaming. That much can be seen from my profile, where you can see that I review quite a few games. When I made a custom PC a year back, I put this in it. It still plays most games with High-Max graphics. On my pretty much brand new game of Starcraft II I can play on max graphics, with beautiful visuals resulting. I can also get perfect graphics out of the graphics intensive The Force Unleashed 2 (too bad the game wasn't as good as the graphics). The only game that has trouble with graphics is Civilisation V, with it totally refusing to load maps when some graphics options are present (but I think this was a support problem or a bug in the game rather than the card. Ummm... what else? Oh yeah, the fan's a beast. It works real well. Keeps it cool and stuff. Probably a bit obsolete now though.
I bought this graphics card to replace an 8400 GS, which came with my computer. At the time, i wanted it to be able to run team fortress 2 and Bethesda's oblivion game. Oblivion was a brilliant test of what it could do, the game ran at nearly max settings, which lit up the scenery throughout the game. Anyone who has played this game will know the stunning landscapes and skies that can be seen. As for team fortress, a game following a cartoon style of graphics, it runs with little strain on the card. I recently purchased crysis, after having heard of its legendary system requirements, and was surprised to find it would play on the high/medium band of settings at a very good frame rate, and comfortably into the highs. This card is good value for money, but i would recommend spending more now and getting the 9800 GT or one better than the 9000 range.
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Dual dual-link DVI
Solid Polymer Aluminum (SPA) Capacitors greatly extends lifespan
EMI shield which reduces 66% EMI interference
ASUS splendid - watching movies on PC is as good as on top-of-the-line consumer television
ASUS gamer OSD - real-time overclocking, benchmarking and video capturing in any PC game
ASUS smart doctor - your intelligent hardware protection and overclocking tool
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NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT
Full Microsoft DirectX 10 support
NVIDIA SLI technology
NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology - essential for the ultimate HD movie experience on a PC