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Being in the mid-tier range of graphics cards, this allows for great power and overclocking potential, while not breaking the banks!
Using ATI's proprietary stream technology to full effect with your processor, this reduces bottlenecks associted with running processor and graphics card intensive tasks (I.E. playing Crysis on max settings). Direct X 11 and OpenGL are fully supported with this graphics card and the equivalent Nvidia cards (the 9800GT for example) just don't compete in terms of price and performance!
The card has a fast GPU providing 775MHZ, with potential for even great overclocks and provides an amazing 24.8G Samples of texture filling!
While providing 512MB of GDDR5 memory also is amazing and provides speedy memory! For this price it is brilliant!
Testing this card using 3D Mark 06, it managed to score a fantastic 11698, which is a massive improvement over the similarly price Nvidia GT 240!
As temperature is very important with graphics cards, the card runs at 82 degrees when overclocked and when not under load runs at a cool 21 degrees, the fan being very good with the system!
A very good mid-range graphic card. Installed on a Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz PC, it brought the Windows 7 Experience Index up to 5.5 and enabled a much improved gaming experience; I could now run Fallout 3 with antialiasing, HDR, and high settings, and Half Life 2 with all settings maximised.
Installation was a breeze, with no additional power connector required. In use the card runs very quietly. The fan is barely noticeable and in fact was quieter than my previous GeForce 8500. It does increase in volume when it comes under load, but it is barely noticeable.
I ignored the driver CD included and downloaded the latest drivers from ATI, and installation gave zero problems under Windows 7.
There was only one very small irritation during installation which was due to my PC rather than the card, which I will note in case anyone else has a similar problem, and that was an unexpected loss of audio after installing the card drivers. It turned out that my PC's onboard audio was set to "[Auto]" in the BIOS, and had deactivated itself in favour of the card's own HD audio. All it took to fix it was to change the audio option in the BIOS to "[Enabled]".
In conclusion, highly recommended.