"Vista Upgrade"on by mgaydar
Pros If you have an older P4 motherboard with only a AGP 8X video interface, this is a good way to provide a graphic upgrade for Vista.
Cons A little unstable with the Diamond Drivers. Used the latest Aug 29, 2008 Radeon Drivers and it works fine.
Summary Purchased for system upgrade to Vista. Vista perfromance rating for graphics was 3.7. Not the lowest score which was for memory performance. For $75.00 I was able to get another 18 months out of my older P4 system and try Vista. Not recommend for a new system PCI-X video.
"What the hell?"on by ikudni
Pros It's better than onboard once the bugs are figured out..
Cons It's not worth all the work to get it running properly..
Summary I bought this as an upgrade from my onboard video for my PC in order to fix the slow downs and choppy video I was experiencing via iTunes and other visually intensive programs. I basically wanted to improve/stretch my PC's performance a little.
I own a 2 Mhz Athlon PC, with 1.5 Gigs of RAM and 200 Gigs of hard drive space on a Windows XP (Home) PC. The motherboard has on-board sound and on-board video installed.
I was advised that this card would be a suitable upgrade for my PC as I am not an avid gamer and my needs would only be limited to video (via iTunes and WMP) and digital photography. I save my video gaming for my Playstation.
The card was a steal at approx $39 USD, so I thought with the recommendation fom my PC manufacurer and a few curory positive reviews from Amazon and Tigerdirect, I thought I was home free.
I was wrong. Very wrong.
The card installed easy enough. Shut down the PC, open it up, plug the card into the AGP slot and go! And go!! And go? And go.... sigh.
To be fair, the PC booted up fine and the software updated (slowly) but flawlessly. After that it was cool for a little while until Duh, Duh Doh. SCREENSAVER ATTACKS! Once my high resolution 3D Earth screensaver went live, the monitor would go blank after a few minutes. I thought initially it was my Dell 19" FP1907 flatpanel monitor. I check it out and it was okay. I checked a number of settings and concluded that it was a fluke that it wouldn't happen again. Unfortunately, it continued to happen so often that I just uninstalled the screensaver.
Next while watching an anime using Netflix's 'Watch Now' feature the screen repeatedly went blank, perhaps twice during a full length film.
How when I say the screen goes blank, I am experiencing a full fledged crash that can only be resolved via a reboot. The computer is completely unresponsive during one of these crashes.
After this first experience I downloaded some updated drivers that I thought would solve the problem.
I even purchased an PCI heatsink fan to provide additional cooling to the card.
No better luck.
Subsequently, the computer started to crash so often I decided to do a little Googling. Turns out that I was experiencing a common problem. That 'should' have been solved with the software update but failed to do so. After mining for quite some time, I discovered that the issue had to do with the AGP to CPU bridge in the device manager. I had to change the bridge to PCI to PCI. Yea, I don't get it either but it worked. Unfortunately, most users aren't going to waste the time and energy to find an obscure entry in an obscure message board (no offense to techspot.com) in order to figure it out.
Anyway, sfter a couple more software tweaks the card is working fine, without any issues, but the issue itself and the hard find for a solution moves me to rate this card as mediocre. I would rate it as poor if the card didn't actually work so well now that the bugs have been raided. But take my advice, do yourself a favor and shop for another card.
Pros Occupies the AGP slot of your computer
Cons Waste of money
Summary This card would not sync with my 19 inch ViewSonic E790B monitor. The monitor reported receiving an signal at 30Hz or thereabouts and it was going to shut down. I reseated, reinstalled etc. several times. WindowsXPsp2. Tried to upgrade from an AllinWonder 7000. I ended up putting it back in.