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    First off I had to handle the card a bit delicately, since it is just the pcb plus the 3 cooling fans mounted on it, whereas the 4870 X2's fan was inside a case making the whole card much more solid.........still, once fitted there will be no real need to fiddle about with it.

    Also, I think that although according to some it is a down grade, I found that once installed the monitor displays seemed to be a bit more colourful..........having stared at my screens for hours over the last 3 years with the 4870 X2 I know when I can see a difference.
    Plus, I can now make use of my Display Port cable to the Dell 2408WFP monitor, and leave the DVI-D cable to the Samsung.

    Also, it is a damn sight quieter than the 4870 X2 even with the 3 fans as against one............even running flat out at 100% I can just hear it above the racket the fans in the case make.....
    I find ATM that running the fan at 50-60% gives plenty of cooling at around 50-60C indicated by my GPU monitoring thingy gadget when playing games.

    Plus I think it draws about half the power of the 4870 X2 and doesn't get as hot.

    So overall I am quite impressed with it, and it brings out a little bit more detail in some games as well, which adds to the viewing pleasure, and being DX11 capable I am 'down and with it man'.....

    The next plan is to get another one and CF them for even more excitement.

    Hope you are impressed with your new shiny card Mr. Wolf as I am with mine.
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    I'm sure I will be. It'll flatten the old 3870.

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    The excitement of the shiny new card is wearing off just a little....
    I am getting game crashing/freezing, mostly on old DX9 games.
    Video drivers crashing and 'recovering'.
    WLM on W7 is all blurry except for the actual text of an email.
    Far more problems than my old 4870 X2, which did have problems, but that was solved with the right driver and running Vista.

    I even did a fresh install of Vista 64 thinking that might iron out things....but it hasn't.

    I will perhaps give Win 7 another go with a fresh install.

    Methinks that I will need to do some fiddling with drivers.....I will go back to earlier 11xx drivers and gradually work up to newer ones to see how that goes......and fiddle about with the CCC settings.
    All of which is going to be a pain in the backside, as all I want to do is play games in all their glory......
    Ah, the joys of PC ownership......
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    Don't forget this card is overclocked from the factory. I'd try to underclock it and see if it becomes stable. If so, RMA time.

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    Well, I have figured out the problem with 'windows live mail'.......if I turn off 'Morphological filtering' the text is fine, on = blurring, off = all ok.

    That's one niggle sorted....and maybe help someone else who has this niggle.

    So that seems to be Win7-64 sorted.........but need to play all games to check if all is still well.

    Then tackle Vista.................I still rather like the OS much to the disgust of many.....

    Long drawn out business this problem solving eh ?......

    The card is factory overclocked, but not by much, so am not sure why they really bothered.
    I need to get my finger out to make sure it is not the card causing grief, as its warranty runs out at the end of next month.


    I am sure your OS and card would not dare to bugger you about Mr. Wolf....

    (BTW......I rather like your style of humour when doing reviews, so they are always a pleasure to read.)
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    Mine's here:





    I lost two of my seven SATA ports to this monster. Everything's working fine thus far.

    First thing I did was fire up GTA4 and max out everything. First impression: holy crap! This card is actually... not slow!!! Second impression: I need to upgrade the rest of the rig to make better use of it.

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    Now that my card (and drivers......after a fresh install of Windows) have settled down, I rather like the card.
    I did find I needed to handle it with a lot more care as it seems flimsy with just the pcb with the 3 fans mounted on top, as against the 4870X2 which is encased and more sturdy.
    Next year I intend to get another one and CF them, which will give my shiny new HX1050 something to do.
    An improvement over the 4870X2 ?................yep, darn right....
    Now I can use modern up to date drivers and still play old DX8/9/10 games without fuss.

    To still keep my Sata ports accessible, I currently run the card in the 2nd pci-e slot but still at 16X, plus it is further away from cpu and nearer to the two 120mm fans in the bottom of the case.
    That will change slightly when I get another one, and will probably put it in the 3rd 8X slot (rather than the 1s 16X slot), and lose the pci slot, which I don't use.
    Running both cards at 8X doesn't seem to make any difference as I used to run the 4870X2's that way.
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    Yeah, I was gentle with mine too when I took it out of the box.

    Mine's currently having no trouble with Skyrim at all, which is what I bought it for. Not too much of a gamer, so it'll last me a while.

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    So nice when you get a new card, and think..........hmmm...that is an improvement, and validates the cash used.
    I was happy as it was a 'free' card, and forget about the £350 the 4870X2 cost me originally.
    I a way I am glad it died, as it brought me into the modern world, and improved my games immensely.....
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    I have recently spent the kids inheritance and bought another 6870OC so now I have a nice matching pair.

    I did think of just getting any old 6870 as cheap as possible, but in the end I decided to get matched cards.

    I know in theory any make of the same model will work in CF, but the 'new' card would be a little bit of a mis-match to the existing 6870OC card, which could mean fiddling with the settings.

    So, like when I buy memory, I like to get matching kits.

    What I have decided may be complete rubbish, but hey ho, the deed is done now....

    Oh, I have since found that I cannot run the two cards in slots 1 and 2 at x16 speed, as being just pcb's with a hs+fans on they are a little too flexible, and the top cards fans rub against the pcb of the one below, producing an expensive noise.
    So they are in slots 2 and 3 (x16 slot and x8 slot) using my 100m bridge, so running I guess at x8 speed, but doesn't seem to affect Crysis2 on Ultra settings though.
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