I purcased a XFX 7800GTX xxx (Factory Overclocked) card over December 2005.
Just a quick note: my card generally runs at about 32C or 37C if I
remember correctly, I reckon it's a good temperature considering
that the rest of my machine runs around 30-35C average.
The other Big Bonus is that the fan on the card doesn't spin at a
million revolutions per second. It spins considerably slower than
most graphics cards fans that I've seen. This also means that the
noise is kept to a minimum.
I was expecting this whopper of a card and I guess it is a beast.
But I must admit that I've been dissapointed with some games.
Especially Need for Speed Most Wanted. Sometimes the frames
hook a little which I reckon is unacceptable for a card being sold
for £540! I'm not saying it's a bad card because trust me it whips
ass on some other games and handles various graphics like DVD's
etc nicely enough.
I reckon my HDD is slowing things down a bit, it's a Seagate Barracuda SATA drive but I have a nasty feeling it's the reason why things are running a bit slow. As for 3DMark 2005 scores, this card does very nicely.
I've clocked in at 19000 odd I think so it's not slow by any means.