I was working hard in London a few weeks back and just got my expenses back which were burning a hole in my pocket. After a contractor working with us got a cool digital camera I decided it was time for a gadget or another irresponsible purchase. So one new graphics card and a big monitor later my expenses were no more. Ok, this card may shift trillions of polygons and has lots of bells and whistles but what does that mean in the real world? Really Fast games basically. While there's really not that much out there to test its full capacity at the moment but I logged into Dark Age of Camelot - my online multiplayer game of choice - and went on a realm raid. This means that 100 or so people, all playing across the world, get together in a first person perspective online game and go and have a mass battle with another 100 people. Imagine Unreal Tournament with 200 players all wearing different skins and equipment all in hand to hand combat and you have a rough idea of the graphical load. I have to say that there was no noticable slow down and it has worked fine for weeks. I decided to get a Creative Labs card for compatibility. My last card was a Hercules Prophet (64Mb) and had compatibility issues with Morrowind. Even now Hercules haven't released a new driver that solves the problem. Creative may be a little more expensive but at least every software house is going to support the card. Believe me, after being stung by Hercules its worth the money. Installation was easy but read the manual. I know we hate to admit defeat in reading the manual but the installation of the driver on Windows 2000 was a bit different from the usual autodetect. To summerise, it does exactly what it says on the tin and I haven't seen any games software that looks close to testing it.