I have the card installed with the newest drivers.
I did not install the "Catalyst Control Center" as I don't use it or need it.
My card is at 52C right now with the fan at 25% speed.
I read the bad reviews on newegg & did some research before I bought the card.
The fan is not supposed to spin full speed all the time.
It increases speed as the temp goes up.
When I read the bad reviews I kind of figured that most came from people that bought the video card & simply didn't have the power supply to run it.
Too many think the 190 watt power supply in thier HP will run anything.
I have a 680 Watt power supply with the proper 6 pin connector for the video card.
I never had much luck with nvidia cards .
The only one I ever had that worked right was a old AGP MX440 .
I've used nothing but ATI for years.
If you get the HD 3850 512MB while you are waiting for it to arrive go here,http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
& download the newest drivers to My Documents.
When you install the card & then install the drivers watch the screens & choose to do a Custom install.
Unless you plan on overclocking the video card take the checkmarks out of everything except the ATI Drivers & WDM Drivers .
Then finish the install.
The "Catalyst Control Center" isn't neccessay & sucks up a lot of syatem resources.
If you are going to OC the video card Riva Tuner woks better then the CCC anyhow.
If you OC the video card you will need to set the fan speed to at least 50% [minimum] manually to insure proper cooling as the temp will shoot up.
On the temp monitor thing,
I use PC Wizard to check my temps.
If I minimize it there is a small display in the upper rioght corner of the screen that shows the temps.
Edited by fairjoeblue, 08 July 2009 - 02:48 PM.
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