"Best value for money."4.5 starson by JimmyJump
Pros: Fast as an NVidia generated lightning.
Cons: Can get a tad warm when bad airflow inside PC-case.
Summary: So, this is the NVidia decent-priced powerhorse with a lot of horsepower.
Package, as usual with Asus, is complete, with all the necessary cables, a decent manual and a nice game ("Company Of Heroes: Opposing Fronts") included.
I must say that after ATI launched their 3800 series, I was seriously tempted to go for one of those, just because of the fantastic price-tag. It was either that, or go for an 8800GTS from XFX. XFX's 8800GTS is similar to the 8800GT (with a slight to big advantage for the GT), but sports only 320MB RAM, as opposed to the GT's 512MB, which is a necessity whan running games like "Crysis" or "S.T.A.L.K.E.R." in higher resolutions.
But just when I ordered a GTS, I saw that NVidia countered ATI with the release of this here jewel...
Dis-ordered the previous order and ordered an new order... Anyway, I was lucky and had the card delivered in my regular shop the next day (lucky, because the only slight inconvenient with the 8800GT is its availability).
Screwed the kaboodle in my PC and started testing away.
First impressions are fantastic...
Ran "3D-Mark 06" and gathered a score of 12400 points (WIN XP-Pro, Pentium D940, 2GB Apacer 667 DDR2 RAM, GB8i945-Pro mobo, Antec TruePower Quattro 850 PSU), which is astounding, really.
Another big step forward, is power consumption, which on this model is far lower than on the GTS & GTX models, with peaks up to 110 watts (which is almost half of the aformentioned).
But what really beats the competition, is the price of this speedmonster: at €260 (which is less than half of a GTX model) you get a card that can do the same things as the high-end equivalent (but not in the same resolution).
As with all cards of this magnitude, decent airflow inside the PC-case is a must. The (very silent) on-board fan is smallish (resulting in a one PCIe-slot card), but decent, as long as your case is aired sufficiently. Temperatures of around 70°C (max load) are common with the native fan.
Conclusion: for €260, you get a card that outdoes anything anyhow anywhere (xept the GTX), as long as you don't exceed 1600x1200 screen resolution. So, what are you waiting for? Get in line and buy one. Now.