Today I did a Cex Gamble. No, you haven't accidentally stumbled upon that other forum I only frequent on weekends; Cex is a electronics and games shop in the UK where you trade in your games and electronics for cash or a in store voucher. However, it's a gamble because the prices are significantly cheaper than eBay but the shops are staffed by disinterested and edgy teenagers who may or may not pack all 4 disks of Flight Simulator 2004 and may or may not actually have tested the GPU you just bought from them before they took it off another customer. The item description won't say anything other than the memory size and model. The picture will be a stock picture. And I can't say I blame the staff given the clientele they put up with as the shops do tend to the aggressive and smelly people in town. You can pick up various C2D for less than £1, RAM for similar, basic GPUs for a tenner. I think the best value at the time was a GTX260 for £12.
Anyway I had £23 in vouchers and needed a cool, quiet, efficient and moderately powerful GPU for XP gaming. I bought an Nvidia GT 340 (continuing with my theme of buying weird OEM cards) which is identical to the 240 except more likely to come with GDDR5 VRAM. This cost me £18. With my spare £6, I picked up an ATI X600 Pro, on the hope it would be the All in Wonder version, which I've not messed with.
They arrived in quite big boxes (probably from separate stores)... a good sign that they might be wrapped reasonably.
OK, the smaller one is a tablet box, hopefully they've just repurposed it...
Yup! Here is my X600 Pro - so far so good - well wrapped (for a £6 card) and actually sent the right card. The model number has VIVO on it, and it has a Rage Theatre chip. Is it an AIW card? This could go in my 939 / Athlon 3200+ system. Definitely needs a clean.
The 340... Well wrapped again.
Ehh doesn't look like the picture (all part of the gamble!) but it is at least the GDDR5 version (again, all part of the gamble). At least it isn't a low profile one (you guessed it...), but it definitely needs a clean once I've tested it out (yup part of the gamble but I would probably clean and apply TIM even if it was spotless!)
Useful selection of ports. This might actually overclock with the cooler and GDDR5. I've got some little memory heatsinks I can put on the RAM (not sure it would help...) Limited by having no external power I suppose.
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