This is one of the nwest offerings from nvidia, and from what iv seen, it shouldnt deserve to be released as a next gen card because it just isnt capable of beating many prev gen cards to a god standard.
The card does pack good amounts of power for its price, but this doesnt justify a purchase over the 3850 from ati or even the 3870.
The worst thing about this card is that its fairly loud due to its not so efficient cooling design.
The card is ideal for small computers with limited space and it will serve well for small sli setups with tiny cases as they scale just as well as the 8800gt in sli.
The one thing that i like the most about the card is that its soo small and it looks like a value budget card, but performs like a uppder mid range card.....too bad it isnt priced like one.
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