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Alright guys so my friend is on a limited budget, so I managed to get him a 4870x2. And since I'm a nvidia guy, I don't get along very well with these ATI. And I have some issues with it. I got it, installed it, and installed the drivers and all, and it may jjust be me, but I don't think it's working properly...
1)The first issue is the fan control. It is ALWAYS at 27%, it doesn't move, even if it's at 95ºC. I have to set it at something like 70, which is as loud as a damn 747, otherwise it will burn itself.
2)Next, and the main reason I'm asking for help, is BF3 (what a suprise!). I get full GPU usage, and afterburner even says I have somthing like 80 or 90fps, but the game just feels choppy, as if I'm playing with 25fps...
I am using the latest 12.3 drivers. Please help, I need to get it fixed for my school's LAN party!
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i had one in the olde days, and yeah it likes to set it self on fire tongue.gif when it was under lode it was at 102 degrees celsius.
and yeah its ******* loud, and its a old card try turning down the graphics tongue.gif
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Have you tried changing the fan control under Performance -> AMD OverDrive in the catalyst control center? If so, it doesn't do anything? MSI afterburner should be capable of controlling the fan speed dynamically as well, I just tried it this morning.

The choppiness thing, I don't know. Non-intensive games don't do it at all, but anything that pushes the card, like BF3, Crysis, and GTA IV, they'll run fine at ~30 fps but I'll get stutters where the screen will just freeze for like a whole second. I'm guessing it's a drivers thing they never fixed. It's not even microstuttering, more like macrostuttering rolleyes.gif
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Unfortunately this is how hot these cards ran.

My gtx295 red edition was no different.

88c in 3 mins of playing anything. 100% fan speed all the time.

Unless you want to re-apply new TIM, I don't see this card running any cooler than on water to be honest.
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The thing is it doesn't even run THAT hot...It just likes to cook itself, if i put it at 100% it won't get past 75c, and there is a 10ºC difference between the GPU's, I think it's because of one of the backplate screws not being screwed in. It's just full of issues with most games, I don't get near 100% usage in most of them, which is not normal. My cpu CANNOT bottleneck this card. What is the best drivers for this card?
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catalyst drivers for the 4870x2 never increased fan speed sequentially as temperatures increased until it hit 95 degrees then the gpu fan went to 100% load for a minute until temps came down, then repeat. So you have to use the manual fan override feature, normally had mine set to 45-50% fan speed on idle , then put it to around 60% on load, and temps never went higher than 80 degrees.

Graphics in bf3 were kind of choppy aswell for me, i don't think the crossfire component worked very well for bf3.
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I have this card,

It is very hot indeed.

What i did i put a overhead Scythe kaze 3000rpm fan 120mm, to keep it extra cool.
I get load at 70.c ... Pretty much handles any game.. am happy with it tbh..

I use speed fan to control the fan speeds in game and in idle.
What the above poster posted, these cards don't have auto adjustment, when they hot they go to 100% after a minute they go back down to 30%..

Try this.. also try minimize the quality of the game. ..
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