"Fantastic video card"4.5 starson by nerv2010
Pros: Easy install, great graphics increase
Cons: Cost, cost, and oh yes, cost.
Summary: After getting years of enjoyment out of the old 9800XT classic, it was finally time to upgrade with the X1600 and it was a breeze.
Custom PC w/ASUS P4C800E Deluxe board and new BIOS. No problems whatsoever with the install. Just be sure to remove the old video card drivers before installation.
Performace is as promised with great gains in 3D and in 3D programs. The returns are not as noticable with 2D support. There is no noticable gains in DVD playing though but it's probably my old DVD drive being the limiting factor.
The only downside is the $200+ price for an AGP card but it's the only option I looked at for an AGP upgrade.
Overall, it is a fantastic upgrade from the trusty 9800XT. Maya, video games, photoshop, are all running much smoother and no noticable problems so far. Very rewarding purchase.