So... I went a bit hefty and got the Video card I wanted. Now unfortunatly, I can't give a full review until my system is: A: Fully running B: I have a bigger monitor at some point to test higher end gaming. Current loadout: Tagen 1300 W PSU ECS KA3 MVP Mobo 2x 1GB OCZ Memory AMD Athlon 64 X2 Windsor 2.6GHZ Dual core CPU (OC'ed to 2.8GHZ) 2x WD 500GB SATA 1x Seagate 320GB SATA TV Tuner DVD-R drive DVD+-RW drive Old Video Card: nVidia Geforce FX 5200 Radeon X550 (was temporary until I obtained the one I wanted) Now that all that is out of the way... Diamond's rendition of the graphics card. Let me pull it from the website: Features at a glance Plug-and-play CrossFire support Dynamic Game Computing Technology 320 Unified Stream Processors 512-bit memory interface High-speed 128-bit-HDR (High Dynamic Range) rendering Physics processing support Up to 24X Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing Native PCI Express® x16 bus interface 512-bit GDDR4 memory interface High Dynamic Range (HDR) rendering Superscalar unified shader architecture Optimized for Windows Vista with comprehensive DirectX® 10 and DirectX® 9 support ATI Avivo HD Video and Display Technology Built-in HDMI with Multi-channel 5.1 surround audio Dual dual-link DVI with full resolution HDCP support HD video playback Dual 30-bpp display processors CATALYST Software Drivers Windows Vista™ 3D environment Support HDTV Support Specifications ASIC: R600 Core Clock: 743 MHZ Bus Type: PCI Express x16 Memory Size: 1024 MB Memory Configuration: 16Mx32 GDDR4 Memory Interface: 512-Bit Memory Speed: 1100 Mhz Display Formats: x2 Dual Link DVI + HDTV-out with VIVO* (HDMI support through dongle) Package Includes: Diamond Viper ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 XT graphics card with 9” fansink 2 DVI to VGA converters Componet HDTV Adapter 9-pin VIVO adapter DVI to HDMI adapter CrossFire Bridge Interconnect --------------------- Interesting still? The package also contained the Black Box for Steam. Now obviously, you need a hefty system to pull it off to its fullest. Now I've read reviews about the differences between the OEM version and the Retail versions of the HD 2900XT's. Its a good thing I didn't get an OEM version. Let's look at the size of the Video card. This gigantic thing comes out of the box Now I looked at it and figured "Hey... this ain't that big that people say it is." So I decided for more room to take out the computer and figure a better way to put it in. I came across the slight little issue. Excuse my bad red drawing, but the redness shows the area that it takes up as of right now. I had to move the hard drive connection I had at that particular SATA slot down 1 because there was no way I could fit it before. It sucked rather badly on the tightness I had to go with. After looking further... seeing that size, I can't crossfire with this motherboard unless I got a 2nd card that was slimmer than the current one. So, after getting it setup, I ran it on my system. I decided to go with ATI's official drivers rather than Diamond's just for the sake of making sure that mine were up to date. After getting everything up... I decided to play with the settings. Rather a bad idea so I turned everything to go by Application based and the rest as high up if it didn't have an Application checkmark box. THere is a reason here. I decided to test this on a few games and found that for some reason, I get HORRIBLE framerate for some odd reason. I have a 2nd screen so I run Windows desktop with extended mode. The extended mode has me watching TV while I play games. Well, it seemed that the settings went global and would be processing for 2 things at once. Not a good idea for a TV Tuner to be decoding the signals and getting Graphic Processed to get 16x Anisotropic and 8x AA going while getting a game to have all that as well on top of whatever settings that is placed in the game settings. After fixing that, my framerate went up by nearly 110%. Mind you, I'm testing this on XP and when I get a game that is DX10, I'll use Vista to test it. As for the Fan that everyone keeps complaining about. One of my friends has... if I recall either a 7600 GTS or a 7800GTX. For anything he does including just opening and browsing the internet, that fan spins up and its LOUD. I mean its louder than his system fan. The Fan in the 2900XT isn't even close on loudness in a good way. It's much more quiet than my friend's video card fan. Not to mention, This thing cools rather quickly. On Idle, it seems to run at 60 degrees Celcius with 504 MHZ core and 533MHZ Mem Clock. When it runs with the settings I have, at 743MHZ Core and 1052MHZ Mem Clock, it only goes up at most to 70 degrees. The fan's sound is noticable, but its about as noticable as a regular system fan that is raised towards the max if it isn't a silent type system case fan. At least, that is the best comparison I can make. When the thing is done with games, it will cool down in about 1-2 minutes back to 60 degrees. Checking my system temp, it went from 40 degrees to 43 degrees. So its a Slight increase. Not much of a bother to me. I only have 4 fans in my system: 1 from the PSU, 1 on the front of the Case itself, 1 In the back Blowing out that I got, and then the CPU fan that technically also fans the system at the same time. Now here is one other thing: There is a 6-pin connection AND an 8-pin connection on the video card. BOTH NEED TO BE PUT IN if you want the full features. 1 powers the video card. The other powers the extra features including the ATI Overdrive and it will not enable if you don't have both connections. All in all, this was a rather good buy. Cheaper than the 8800GTX / Ultra. Now if the features on the video card get utilized more by developers, it might give nVidia a run for their money. Rating: 9/10 What stops it from the full? The drivers need soem more tuning to get certain games working which is understandable.