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Well like I just got back home with my new 8800GTS 320MB. I am more than super lucky at least today. I got to the store to replace my X1950PRO with the XFX 8800GTS and for my surprise there was NO 320MB version. The 640 was 120euro more so it was out of question. Last second just before I would take back the 1950pro another salesman than the one I was talking to came and took the last XFX 8800GTS 640MB and for my surprise there was a smaller box behind saying XFX 8800GTS too X3!!!! I am super damn lucky thats for sure.

Anyway I haven't still installed it was just looking around. Here are some picks of the new card =3 (do not complaing for the picture quality ^^




Ok now for the first impression. It was kinda bad. The box looked ok but it was obvious that it was not well made. The contents seemed kinda ummm poor. There was a 2 page guide with tips and an one page quick install guide. It had only once converter from the new connector of monitors to the old and a 7pin cable for tv connection i guess. Another thing is that the cooler is not carefully made.



Well anyway the reason I have not installed it yet is cause the card can't be inserted cause of the mainboard cooler so i will have to uninstall it first.

Well I am going to test it as soon as I install it.

Some questions.
1) Which are the best drivers I could use? I found some NGO drivers but I wanted to make sure they are good.

2) DO you think I should remove the cooler and replace the thermal compound with artic silver 5?
    
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Awesome, I have the exact same model as you, got mine last week. The part of the cooler you have outlined gets pretty hot under load so yeah I'd put some AS5 on the GPU. I'm using the 158.22 drivers with no problems so check them out.
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I am on the 160.03 drivers. They seem to perform better than the 158's.


PS. Dont forget to register your card online within 1 month to receive the full warranty.
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Retail store!! $$$

I always loved the look of XFX cards.
Anyway verry nice and get that bad boy up and running!!
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Ok then I will put some AS5. Thanks for giving me such a good answer. I actually will change the Cooler as soon as Zalman VF1000 is out. I will see if its better than HR-03 Plus and then decide.
    
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Originally Posted by The Fury View Post
I am on the 160.03 drivers. They seem to perform better than the 158's.


PS. Dont forget to register your card online within 1 month to receive the full warranty.

Ok I will test your drivers too after ^^ and the for the tip of the registering O_O!!!

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Retail store!! $$$

I always loved the look of XFX cards.
Anyway verry nice and get that bad boy up and running!!
Lol I am planning to do so. I love XFX cards cause they all look awesome too but I was kidna disapointed that the quality was not that good. Still I would not change it for nothing this XFX got so many ups.

P.S. Sorry for the double posting. I am too excited to think straight right now!
    
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Same thing happened to me while buying my cards. They were originally priced at 700 a pop but they were 550 each on sale(great sale). I was going to get EVGA brand. I called and asked them to hold "two EVGA 8800 gtx's" until I got there. When I got there they had my two EVGA 8800 gtx AS3's waiting which were 640 on sale. =/ I looked over there and there was only one on the shelf. I picked it up and asked the cashier if he could see if their were any left of the EVGA brand because I wanted matching cards. He pulled one out from under the counter and said "this is the last one if you buy that one". He was going to buy it at the end of the day. Being the nice guy I was I said "don't worry about it I won't take you're card". So They put back the AS3's but while they were, I noticed they had 2 BFG's non oc cards. Thats the story on how I bought mine.
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Same thing happened to me while buying my cards. They were originally priced at 700 a pop but they were 550 each on sale(great sale). I was going to get EVGA brand. I called and asked them to hold "two EVGA 8800 gtx's" until I got there. When I got there they had my two EVGA 8800 gtx AS3's waiting which were 640 on sale. =/ I looked over there and there was only one on the shelf. I picked it up and asked the cashier if he could see if their were any left of the EVGA brand because I wanted matching cards. He pulled one out from under the counter and said "this is the last one if you buy that one". He was going to buy it at the end of the day. Being the nice guy I was I said "don't worry about it I won't take you're card". So They put back the AS3's but while they were, I noticed they had 2 BFG's non oc cards. Thats the story on how I bought mine.
Lol now thats quite the store I can say ^^ . Sigh I am still trying cause i can't uninstall the stupid aftersale heatsink for the chipset. I even cut my hand TT. This is the first time something like this happens. I am really unlucky..
    
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I sliced my finger open on the ram clips trying to pull out my raptors from their proper slots. I was lucky enough to see the blood before sticking my hand back in the case and letting them bleed all over. Although saying blood(finger) sweat(pulling on the drives) and tears(after realizing I had to find a working floppy drive disk to install raid) went into my system would sound cool. The store was called MicroCenter, they had tons of selection. They have a water cooling product section which happens to sell DangerDen products.
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Ok finally I removed the cooler from the card. Here are the picture of the card bare.



Also this is the back of the cooler. Now there is a question. Should I remove the white ummm heat compund tape thingie and put artic cool on all the places or it will not have good contact? I know that if I am not careful I might frie my new card ^^''

    
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