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So I am COMPLETELY disappointed with my hd6850 and at the point where I wiill not recommend AMD/ATI to people anymore. Its too much trouble. The cards don't work right for games like SC2 and BC2 ever since purchase. BC2 randomly all textures disappear and the graphics are completely black. The overlay / HUD stuff is still visible but BLACK SCREEN while playing. Or gray, it gets stuck in the middle of effects / smoke and I can play but I CAN'T SEE.

In SC2 ever since I bought the cards (the week they came out) they do not show things like the build radius around a pylon, or the nuke radius when you line it up (which should be an opaque red circle). The elements just don't even show up. Random effects skew across the battlefield, like blood from a zergling will not be a small pool of blood, it will be a gigantic one that runs like 500 pixels wide and 50 pixels high. it looks ridiculous. random light shards everywhere.

tearing is so bad in bad company 2 its ridiculous. also just when just running around and looking @ the environment (when the screen isn't completely black) it doesn't look at all good. It chops and parts of it load faster / it gets blocky and looks crappy.

I am overall highly disappointed by my purchase of ASUS, AMD, and ATI from the CPU to the graphics cards and on. Not because they are poor performers, or because they are a pain to update, or because making 1 misstep in an install will make a reformat necessary. No its not because the fact that using AMD causes windows error log to have a random driver error every time I load win7 from a fresh install and reformat [aoddriver4 error] (ok, maybe it is a little bit that I don't like that kind of sloppiness). Its also not the random optional windows update that claims to improve performance then causes my computer to lockup when I try to do anything. The real issue is albeit the fact that I had it working for a few months with no issues, this latest catalyst update has ruined everything.

The worst part is they went so far as to claim the lag in the top right corner of the screen is gone and its not. And I have 11.5b. Sorry if I seem like I'm raging / venting but THE PATCH NOTES SAY ITS GONE AND ITS NOT. PATHETIC>RABBLE RABBLE NERD RAGE NERD RAGE! and my games are running WORSE THAN EVER. I can't even play BC2 for 10 minutes now! I JUST reformatted and installed 11.5b.

having had these since they came out (sept-oct ish) I have been HOPING AND WAITING For the drivers to fix / improve performance and they still haven't and probably never will. I guess I could try to RMA the cards but to what avail, they worked fine a few weeks ago with whatever driver version I had installed but the latest one ruined everything. So RMA for new cards but I have a feeling the problem doesn't lie in the cards.

So although my computer is undeniably fast and works great for any range of many many things, it is NOT FOR ME and I WILL NOT patronize this company any more. I'm simply too tired of the absurd issues associated with it that I know from experience, since I've been on AMD64 since 2001.
Edited by alienguts - 5/27/11 at 6:15pm
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post #2 of 15
Really......

Number one....Tearing = enable VSYNC, has nothing to do with AMD.
Number two....google "how to properly uninstall video card drivers"
Number three..just reinstall windows now and again if you cant figure it out.
Number four....try calling support if you need it, you might be eligible for an RMA.
Number five....Nvidia is perfect.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 5/27/11 at 1:00pm
post #3 of 15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by UsedPaperclip View Post
Really......

Number one....Tearing = enable VSYNC, has nothing to do with AMD.
Number two....google "how to properly uninstall video card drivers"
Number three..just reinstall windows now and again if you cant figure it out.
Number four....try calling support if you need it, you might be eligible for an RMA.
Number five....Nvidia is perfect.
number one would be nice if it actually fixed anything which it doesn't.

two i know what im doing.

three already did that when I did figure it out and it was broken to the point it wouldn't work because of the update.

four waste of my time.
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post #4 of 15
You're a fanboy. Tearing is not brand specific. Black screen while playing? Get an RMA and check your monitor. When monitors have dying capacitors they flash black like that.

Driver issues are caused by faulty cards. Especially when you've also got artefacts. Get an RMA.
post #5 of 15
It took me a few tries to find a stable release. 11.3 works fine for my card, doesn't for others. I have a friend with a 5450 that refuses to play nicely with anything after 10.6. It's hit and miss with drivers really, try an older version and see if it works. Don't give up until you've exhausted every option.
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post #6 of 15
Alright bro, calm down, we don't need to start a flame war on 2nd post already.

1, I've tried using vsync and un-syncing on Bad Company 2, I don't notice a difference even if I lower graphics and let it go on a flaming 120+ fps.
2, you are right, you reformatted which he probably didn't read and went "tl;dr, I'm gonna post this", but it doesn't mean you have to rage asap
3, use a single card if you're unsatisfied with the 2nd. Not everyone gets CF/SLi whenever they want, I'm happy with 465 so long as I can play med-high. I'll even suggest you to sell the 6850s (both of them) and recommend you to actually try a 460/560Ti
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I found a windows update that has fixed my BC2. SC2 performance is still a joke and there remains the updates that will break my computer for some unknown reason that I have to avoid, the unavoidable driver error that comes from owning ati, and the lag in the top right corner which was supposedly fixed (or so the patch notes claim).

not very serious. this post doesn't seek help. I'm simply SHARING my experience. Please don't get all fanboy.
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You are obviously doing it wrong. I've never had an issue, only awesomeness.
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Lo and behold! I just ran windows update for a few more new updates and it broke my BC2 again. Given this is the same problem I ORIGINALLY HAD I think its fair to say its an issue with Windows/ATI and maybe not ATI itself - STILL I feel it has brand association and that its annoying. I ran a system restore to before BC2 stopped working (just the windows updates were removed, the restore went back only a couple of minutes) and it works fine again. Now I have to cherry pick which updates are not going to break it and restore if they do just because its ATI, AGAIN. I am familiar with this "avoid the windows updates that break your computer" but that doesn't mean I am a fan of it!
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