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Poll Results: Are you happy with AMD?

 
  • 67% (189)
    Yes! I love AMD and everything works perfectly for me!
  • 13% (39)
    Yes! I love AMD and are putting up with all of the issues I am having.
  • 9% (26)
    No! They need to get working on solutions to problems everyone is having.
  • 9% (26)
    No! I am fed up and will not be buying an AMD card in the future.
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post #1 of 178
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I just started PC gaming again a little over a year ago. When I was deciding what hardware to purchase, I saw that AMD pretty much was faster than Nvidia. At that time, I decided I was going to get my self a set of 7970s.

So I bought them and also bought my water cooling set up right a long with them. I spent around $1300 on the cards and water blocks. Had my first set for a few days and noticed a lot of flickering with objects in games and just different oddities in graphics. I decided to RMA the cards. Got a new pair and it was the exact same thing! I didn't even think that there would have been a chance of them not working right and had added them into my loop already. So AGAIN, I decided to RMA the cards once more. When I received the new set, I didn't bother putting them in the loop, I tested them and once again... the exact same issue as before... I looked every where for answers and it seemed some others were facing similar issues. Many did have success with their new cards, but later the issues would come back.

At this point, it had been around a month and a half of shipping stuff back... waiting for it to arrive, breaking down my loop... adding the cards in... shipping again... It was such a huge pain, I had a ton of games I wanted to play and was worried that I had faulty hardware.

After the 3rd set of cards... I decided to keep them. Many people started claiming that it was an issue with the hardware design itself and others were saying that it was related to drivers... So after 6 different 7970s, I just gave up and kept them. I had spent HOURS! Connecting only one... checking my BIOS... going back and forth with settings, trying different types of drivers. TONS of things to get them to work properly. Nothing helped. (Now we know that it's a recognized issue by AMD and they are working on a fix... after users dealing with it for close to a year without any hint of acknowledgement from them.)

Another issue that occurred to me... is that after the 12.4 drivers, I have no HDMI sound. It's intermittent and unless the card is being stressed, I will not get any sound. So I stayed with the 12.4 drivers until around October, When they had released significant improvements on the newer drivers for Skyrim and proper support of CFX for other games, I had no choice but to change drivers in order to play them. Again, I spent countless time trying to figure out a way to fix the issue. Finally I found a fix someone posted about it until around December 1st... so this is around 8 months of not having audio work properly. I had to try getting base clocks to be raised higher than usual in order to get sound. This was a half-assed fix, because it would cause me flickering in the desktop and crashes with browsers... for 8 months I dealt with this! Now the fix is a simple change of a number in the registry, but STILL have to do this every time I change drivers. I have reported the issue to AMD COUNTLESS times. Then even Thracks has been in the same thread with the fixes and has said that it was something that would be fixed... but still nothing. Now it's been 10 months of the issue and nothing has been done.

That brings me back to the established issues that have been found by the community here and on other forums, why hasn't anything been done about it? The flickering issues are affecting THOUSANDS! It's not some isolated incident that some are experiencing... there's threads here, on guru3d, Toms Hardware... etc... with 100s of posts on the issue. It's still not something that is being solved. Again... took them months to even acknowledge the issues.

Then BY WORST the one that kills me... is how I paid DOUBLE the money to have two cards and I almost always have to wait a lot longer, typically months... to get proper scaling in games. I still can not play FC3 right now. Skyrim took around 6-7 months to get proper scaling. Why is it that their premium customers are getting shafted?

Don't even get me started on the stuttering issues everyone is facing... all because of faulty driver design...

This last set of drivers has been a HUGE disappointment for me and I know I will not be purchasing my next set of cards from AMD.

It is not all of the issues that I am having... or that I'm fed up of dealing with the issues. Because I know FOR A FACT... that nvidia drivers are not perfect. BUT!!!!! They have a ton of more features that are supported by them directly... even if they do have issues, there's so many other features, like FXAA support, SSGSA, TXAA and PhysX to name a few. That actually out weigh theWe barely get working drivers and until this last set of drivers... a proper useful profile system to make individual profiles for games.

For TLDR: So my question to you... are you happy with your AMD purchase and will any issues you've been having deter you from buying AMD in the future?
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My 7970 crossfire worked fine, Thinking of buying 2 more for quadfire when and if i can patch my desktop up.
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I've owned a HD5870 which was great until it decided to die because of Sapphire's crappy power design. The second one also died, same place failed. It got replaced with my current 6950, which is great.

So for me, the cards are fantastic, but Sapphire's nonref designs are pure dogpoo. I'm going to keep buying AMD cards, just not from Sapphire, or at least their non-reference boards.
   
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While I am reluctant to say I have any personal feelings towards AMD, I haven't really had any issues with their drivers. I bought a second 7970 in june by cuiosity to see if CFX really was that bad and I still haven't had a single issue biggrin.gif
I don't know if I should consider myself lucky, but I have a hard time believing AMDs driver are that error-prone.
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I've had a 5850, 5850 CF, 5970 and now a 5870, never had a single issue. Apart from 5850 CF driver issues, caused by mixing non-ref and ref cards. Always go for reference designs on the 58xx series, for quality.

Gave nVidia a chance with my new rig, had a 560TI that was DOA, and a 560 that was unstable at stock voltage an ran insanely hot. Back to AMD. tongue.gif
    
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I have 2 Diamond reference 7970's and have had no problems. (I have not overclocked and they are using the stock cooling)
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My 7970 is excellent, haven't had a problem with it smile.gif
I hope for your sake OP, that this thread does not turn awry.
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My 7970 crossfire worked fine, Thinking of buying 2 more for quadfire when and if i can patch my desktop up.

Now this is something that is interesting to hear. I have always found that people who don't have issues... typically don't own a large library of games. I have around 400 games, so have the experience in dealing with many different games and their issues. So these people typically only really spend their time playing 1 or 2 games only. So in this case, AMD is doing a fine job for them.

Another thing, is that they normally don't buy new releases, so are not as exposed to the issues that many others face. Follow my trail of thought here?
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I used to buy exclusively AMD/ATI cards. Then about 4 years ago I switched to exclusively nVidia. I recently bought an AMD 6970 card and honestly, I'm not impressed. Yeah, it's not THE latest, but still.

I think they still need work. On everything but their very latest top end card, pretty much nVidia will beat it for maybe only a $30-50 price difference. To me, the $30-50 price difference isn't worth the hassle that many of the games that I play, and ESPECIALLY Folding@Home, has with AMD cards.

None of the above choices in the poll really suit how I feel, but the 3rd one seems the closest.
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Now how many of you who are saying that everything is perfect and peachy have the latest... 79xx cards? Because I was a perfectly happy customer with my 6870 crossfire set up also. It seems that all the issues are on their top end cards right now.
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