At last I got my new card plus the Purepower Express.
Well, all I can say is that Thermaltake guys made a great job. Instructions are truly clear and, in any case, the power supply is very easy to install. All the cables are provided and their length is absolutely comfortable. The unit works with both nvidia and ATI solutions and is supposed to work with SLI/crossfire systems, but single card systems like mine are equally supported. I tested the X1950 pro with quite resource-consuming games, such as Oblivion and STALKER. It goes without saying that the card works very fine with both of them, even at high resolution and with some of the filters activated (AA... I had almost forgotten this name!). More important, Purepower Express feeds the card in an excellent way! The unit is almost" silent, which is another good point, and doesn't produce too much heat. Also, my Antec Truepower 480 runs now so much cooler
. Actually, the temperature of the main power supply (the Antec unit) considerably dropped after the installation of the Thermaltake backup unit. As I previously said, the price is very nice too, less than 50 $. Probably a more powerful power supply should be better for a new rig, but if you have an older system (like mine) and don't feel like investing too much money on it, well... Purepower Express is the answer!! Ah, I forgot to mention that ain't get paid by Thermaltake for saying that!
Concerning the X1950 pro, it's a great card (and I'm not just talking about the size), but I found Ati drivers not as "user friendly" as nvidia ones. The installation procedure was a real pain (of course I used driver cleaner). I had to install net framework 2.0 plus all the updates in order to make the Ati control panel to work. Although everything is working fine now, there's still a little glitch: when I open Windows device manager, I see this:
Two cards??? Unknown????? What does it mean???
Thanks and bye