I have an ASUS V9900TD 5800 and a PNY 5800 Ultra. The 5800 runs quietly, with the fan never kicking in for 3D modes like on the 5800 Ultra. This appears to be normal.
. Seems like only one 5800 user has ever heard his fan kick in except at boot time.
Performance is solid: ~15K Onionmarks01 and ~5500 Onionmarks03 on an Athlon 1700+ nForce2 system. I can overclock the non-Ultra to Ultra level, but the high end non-Ultra overclocking headroom is less than my Ultra.
- 503/1010 for ASUS 5800
- 540/1050 for PNY 5800 Ultra
I play UT2003 and not much else, so you'll need in-depth gameplay reviews from someone else. UT2003 rocks on the 5800. I have a huge custom map of the NVIDIA campus that crawls on the best GeForce4, but on the the 5800 the game flies.
If you get a 5800, I recommend adding a mm fan to the rear heatsink. I've added a 60 mm to each of my 5800 cards. This is because the stock 5800 and 5800 Ultra fans blow across only the GPU side. Even with non-gaming use, the memories on the back ofthe card get VERY hot, often too hot to touch. A fan on the back will increase the lifespan of backside DDR2 memories, and help keep overall system temps down.
I have been very happy with my 5800 cards.