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Great card for a great price.
on 10 January 2013
Granted this isn't the all-singing, all-dancing, ultra shiny new card on the block (current time of writing that would be the Radeon 7900 range) but this mid-range classified card is certainly worth the money for the performance it provides.
I purchased this card to replace the existing AMD based based in the Dell Inspiron I purchased a number of years ago. The existing one was 250MB low end budget card, which could only really run the most basic of games. This card has certainly given the machine a new lease of life!
sturdy box, with the card placed in an anti-static bag - extras included the SLI connector (used to attach multiple cards together), a DVI to VGA adapter, and the usual Drivers on a CD and instructions.
By todays standards a usual size, but against my previous one, it was mammouth! It has two fans installed on the card which keeps the card cool whilst running quietly.
For those with smaller cases please make sure that you measure this to ensure that it will fit - I had to move a hard drive in my case to ensure that the card fitted. Installation was simple as with any other PCI/PCI-E card.
This card was installed under Windows 8 - one thing that's worth noting is that on first load the Windows 8 will configure and restart the machine before you are prompted to logon - this was slightly daunting as it was unclear whether everything was going to work together. On the next restart the card was configured and all I needed to do was set the resolution. Sapphire do provide software and drivers for Windows 8 from their site.
These are personal experiences:
Skyrim ran on high settings and handled the high-res texture packs without any issues.
Far Cry 3 ran on a high/ultra-high settings and without any lags.
GTA 4 - needed a special set of commands to recognise the cards - but this is fully documented on the Rockstar site. Once this was changed the game ran on full high settings.
This is a very nice card that performs well. This has a 19" monitor running at 1400x900 attached to it and performs very well. I would certainly recommend this to people looking to upgrade.