I have this card installed in my desktop that i made a few years ago and it works great. I have this card paired with a 3ghz AMD dual core and it works great for gaming and design. Ive played games such as Crysis, Starcraft 2, Final Fantasy 14, and several other pretty intensive games. Ive also rendered many animations with Maya and had little to no problems, even with some fairly complex models. The only downside to this card is that being a little on the old side it tends to have problems with the newer games that require tons of resources to play on a higher setting. Final Fantasy 14 caused some frame rate issues with every setting on high, but turning things down to medium had it running smooth while still looking very nice.
The installation of this card into my computer was a breeze. I basically just snapped it into my motherboard turned on my PC and was ready to go. All i did after installation was go online and download the latest update to fix any bug that may have been there in old firmware.
This card allows multiple monitors and the cards software makes setting up the monitors and customizing them fairly easy. Ive hooked 3 monitors up to this card using a DVI splitter and it worked really nicely. i used 2 screens as one continuous desktop so i could multitask with ease, and the 3rd monitor was my 32 inch TV that was a duplicate of my main screen that i used as a designated screen for watching movies off my computer on my TV.
I actually no longer use my desktop with this card installed but i thoroughly enjoyed the gaming experiences and the multi-monitor functionality this card provided.
EVGA is one of the better manufacturers of NVIDIA graphics cards, that is why I paid slightly over the average price for the EVGA 8800GT.
The box it arrives in is plain but tells you stuff you need to know regarding specs, useful if you were to buy it in a shop. The card is packaged well and comes with 2 VGA to DVI adaptors as well as some other cables that I have not needed.
The card itself is the standard NVIDIA design. The first thing I thought it how sleek and big it is. The fan seems bigger than on some other standard cards I have seen.
The cards performance is outstanding for the cost. With a Core 2 Duo at 2.8ghz I get 12000 3DMark06. The card does get very hot when runnning so make sure your case is well ventalated. Although the fan is very quiet. You can increase the fan speed with software like RIVATUNER but it does get loud quite quickly.
There is only one negative thing I have to say about this graphics card. It is not the graphics card itself but the warranty. EVGA advertise it as 10 years, however you must register within 30days of purchase to get this, something I forgot. If you dont register you still get a rather decent 2 year warranty. This warranty covers overclocking and replacing the cooler so you need'nt worry about that. I docked one mark on reliability for this reason.
Overall it was a good buy although make sure you remember to register as losing the 10 year warranty was very frustrating.