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Great product, kind of hard to install11/30/2009
I installed this card on an old Tyan Trinity 400 board to breathe a little more life into it. I needed a card with DVi ports and a large video memory configuration. The card is very large but I had no trouble installing it in the medium tower case even with full memory slots and an Upgradeware slotket adapter in the slot-1. The "bad" news is, like some other reviews I read, it would not post. In fact it wouldn't even power on. I was almost ready to give up when I read another review on line where the user removed his cmos chip and let it go back to defaults. I removed my cmos battery for about an hour and re-installed it and voila!, it worked. I had to reset my cmos settings, but since I have a number of computers with this exact same board it wasn't hard. I learned that on this board, at least, don't enable the AGP 4X setting. It causes system instability. I am not a heavy gamer so I can't tell you much about its performance on high-end gaming, but the card produces stunning graphics in CAD and rendering applications on a Dell 2408 monitor. I only wish the installation instructions were better. For what I paid for it this card is a good value, especially in an older system.