This is my first Nvidia product after a long time indeed. I decided to give this a go after a friend said how quiet his card was. The prices can vary from £120 to £200 depending on the manufacturer and memory. This one came in at £148.64.
There are not many differences between the 1GB and the 768mb parts except that the latter has a lower clock. When it comes to performance this card is an immense performer in the light-mid gamer sector. Perhaps I should rephrase tat, it is the best performer in the mid price market. Just to compare, ATis offering which matches this card in terms of frame rates in games like Modern Warfare 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2 - the GTX 460 outperforms even the HD 5850 and its cheaper!
A true testament of this cards great value goes hand in hand with very cool operating temperatures and noise levels. At around 40% fan speed (which is the default) it runs idle at around 45-50 degrees and hardly exceeds 70 degrees on load. The fan is barely audible and only when you notch it up to 50% rotational speed can you begin to hear the humming and whirring.
A bit about the Club 3D offering which disappointed is the fact that the clock speeds aren't much compared to ones by Gigabyte, Asus and Palit. It is what I would term a generic card - which explains its low price. Otherwise everything you need to start using the card comes in the box.
A good card overall but not a great make.