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Alright, so after many years of not touching ATI cards, Myths, etc the likes *INb4fanboi* i have ordered my Alienware m17x *Waits for alienwarebaddiecomments* And i have ordered a 6990m in it, reason its the fastest available apparently and it was 500 bucks cheaper then the nvidia GTX 580m.



Now its been a while since i've used ATI so uhh any advice, things to change from defaults for better performance? Whats ati's version of cuda? does it have one? (I don't really use it other then converting fraps video's for youtube, if it doesn't then i can just use my desktop)


Driver settings? I'll probably need to update drivers the second i get it since dell = outdated In that respect, Do i need a driver sweeper? etc
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They have something like cuda its called ati stream
as for drivers just download newest drivers from manufactuers websites for chipset gfx etc.
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usually just install on top of previous driver. Dell's machines comes with heaps of bloatware (spesh alienware laptops and machines). I would just do a full reinstall os windows. 6990m is really fast, you could probably OC that to stock 6870 speeds with some cooling mods.
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The ATI equivalent of CUDA cores would be stream processors. The 6990m has 1120 stream processors.
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They have something like cuda its called ati stream
as for drivers just download newest drivers from manufactuers websites for chipset gfx etc.

STREAM is no way as widespread as CUDA. The number of apps that take advantage of the ATI tech are not as numerous as the NVIDIA ones.
 
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Alright thankies, and as for overclocking on ATI, i should just be safe to use MSI afterburner, it's what i use on my desktop, or are there better programs, also in the ballpark what should i look for, overclock wise, 10%? I know its a mobile chip, but still this is OCN...
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Alright thankies, and as for overclocking on ATI, i should just be safe to use MSI afterburner, it's what i use on my desktop, or are there better programs, also in the ballpark what should i look for, overclock wise, 10%? I know its a mobile chip, but still this is OCN...
You shouldn't...laptop GPU's will get way too hot to overclock without modding the stock cooling option.

You'll find out when you get it that it will get rediculously hot when you play games. My friend has an alienware with a 5870m and it reaches 102c in BC2.
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You should expect speeds of epic proportions
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You should expect speeds of epic proportions

That's the plan, it should get here tommorow (Its 5pm my time right now) Review say card never goes over 70C while in load, so i figure i've got a bit of headroom thoguh people need to remember this isn't the 5870, just the same as the GTX 580 isn't the GTX 480, not all problems pass over.
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You should expect roasted nuts.....
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