From a pure performance point of view the GIGABYTE GV-N96TSL-1GI video card is not the fastest card in its price range. Where this card excels however is in the temperature rating it gets idle (52C) and under normal stress conditions (62C). These temperatures are far lower than equivalent video cards with high speed noisy fans. The GIGABYTE card is excellent for the HTPC with two PCI slots as the card makes no noise (no fan) and uses little power. This card can also be used in a two card SLI system making performance near 9800GTX levels with no noise. The ability of the card to output to a monitor at 1920x1080 with 85HZ refresh rate makes this card ideal for a HTPC owner wanting to attach a HDTV to their computer with the HDMI connector.