Re: Save me some time and heartache, please
What a nightmare!
If you have an abit IN9 Max mobo, you will have to dremel this card to make it fit!
It seems they've moved the DVI connector lower on this card and as such, the little black plastic tab inline with the edge connector of the card hits a capacitor on the mobo.
You can tell that the only thing that tab covers is the nut for the screw on the DVI connector, so I wasn't afraid of cutting it off. This being a refurbed card gave me a little extra comfort too. Anyhow, on with the show!
This is a great card! It is not a whole lot faster than the Sli'd 8800GTS's I replaced but I can now max out AA and ANSIO and not get any micro-stutter and usually no FPS hit. They best benefit to me though is the amount of heat this card puts out is a lot less than the two 8800's. I recently moved my main rig from the basement into a spare bedroom and it's not even summer yet but this room is always about 10 degrees hotter than the rest of the house. It's a lot cooler in here now!
Worth it for me for increased IQ and less heat. No real FPS gains to speak of because my OC'd 8800's kicked butt too but I could not crank up the visuals as high as I can now either.
Abit IN9 32x MAX- Kentsfield QX6700 @3520
1.5 vcore watercooled D-Tek Fuzion/PA-160/MCR120/2x MCP655
2x2GB G-Skill 1066 5-5-5-15 2T@1.9vdimm
2x EVGA 580GTX 1.5GB Sli
2x 74GB Sata Raptor Raid0
2x 320GB Hitachi Sata II
X-FI Elite Pro
Lian Li V2100B