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Old April 19, 2010, 08:46 AM
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I agree about the HD 5970s. Unfortunately, I have had a shocking number of HD 5970s die on me (3 so far) so I haven't actually had two functioning ones at the same time...
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Old April 19, 2010, 09:01 AM
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Please tell me that is not so!!! I purchased 2 XFX Black Edition cards. Luckily, XFX has great support. Due to my case restrictions a 2nd card will need a case mod, otherwise I would be sending benchmarking results. With only a free benchmark at stock, fps was 6.7- 162.6 for a single card. Makes me wonder if I should even consider overclocking these cards.
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Old April 19, 2010, 10:51 AM
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I wish it wasn't so. Returning them and waiting for replacements have pushed back a number of reviews already.
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Old April 19, 2010, 11:24 AM
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I wish it wasn't so. Returning them and waiting for replacements have pushed back a number of reviews already.
Thats insane. Is this typical of HD 5970s, or bad luck?
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I wish it wasn't so. Returning them and waiting for replacements have pushed back a number of reviews already.
are those the oem/es ones?
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Old April 19, 2010, 11:46 AM
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All three have been retail samples. I have a single OEM one that is still ticking but I haven't heard of any large amounts of HD 5970 cards being RMA'd.
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weird. if we take power supply out of the question, and perhaps cooling, could it be overclocking? or the low speed fan profile?

when you say dead, completely dead, lines like the guy with the 260, checkers/symbols?
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Old April 19, 2010, 01:16 PM
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Let me put this to bed:

- Stock clocked cards
- Default fan speed profiles
- Same power supply that has been used with all other cards (including dual other dual GPU units)
- Core and VRM heat stayed normal prior to death

Basically, the cards weren't even able to post the BIOS spash screen.

Sorry if I sound frustrated but I am not looking to trouble-shoot here. The cards died and the info I have from the manufacturers suggests the problem was with the cards themselves and not with overheating, etc.

I won't name the board partners these cards came from, nor will I start talking about what the engineers think went wrong. Until I have facts from ALL parties involved, I can't say any more about it.
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good. back to gtx470 sli. should one invest into wc editions AND oc the heck out of them vs going with the gtx 480 sli setup?
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