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I was one of the early adopters of the 8800GTX and at first i loved it. But over time more and more things started to irratate me. I got some of the most horrendous fluctuations in FPS i hav ever seen, sometime rendering Rainbow Six Vegas and BF2 unplayable. The damn thing is such a finicky overclocker, it will run benchmarks fine but will then crash all my games, it gives off a ridiculous amount of heat when it is just idling and the high pitched whining sound it gives off whenever i play any game drives me nuts. So I am returning it as soon as my 7950GT gets here from newegg and then using the step up program when the 8600 series comes out or the the new R600 card if it is as good of a card as everyone thinks.
    
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If you want to send it here, I'll PM you my address.
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That sucks. This is why I generally follow the 'stay 2 steps behind rule' in both hardware and software. Is it BETA? Oh noes, Ill wait. Is it new tech, sweet jesus wait for it to mature for a year. Its a lot like buying a car nowadays, often times when you buy the first year (first revision) it will be riddled with problems, be it poor quality control, new technology, new methods, or whatever else, it seems that you cant fully trust any new product nowadays.
    
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I was one of the early adopters of the 8800GTX and at first i loved it. But over time more and more things started to irratate me. I got some of the most horrendous fluctuations in FPS i hav ever seen, sometime rendering Rainbow Six Vegas and BF2 unplayable. The damn thing is such a finicky overclocker, it will run benchmarks fine but will then crash all my games, it gives off a ridiculous amount of heat when it is just idling and the high pitched whining sound it gives off whenever i play any game drives me nuts. So I am returning it as soon as my 7950GT gets here from newegg and then using the step up program when the 8600 series comes out or the the new R600 card if it is as good of a card as everyone thinks.
Thats what happens when you buy the very latest in technology. Your problem probably results from trying to run games which aren't designed with the G80 chip in mind, and unoptimized drivers (Yes you may have the latest nvidia drivers, but it takes time for developers to find problems and fix them). If you kept your 8800, newer games would probably implement the 128 stream processing pipelines better, but as a general rule of thumb, having the best of the best ASAP isn't always as good an idea as it first appears!

EDIT: I honestly replied before DPTF replied!!! HONEST!!! Same idea tho. Don't jump in there!
    
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Yea i think i learned that the hard way. Im just gonna wait for an 8600 so i can vmod the hell out of it and wc it. More cost efficient. Evga's step up plan is awesome!
    
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I pretty sure the FPS issues would be related to driver problems. Have you tried uninstalling the drivers, using Drivercleaner Pro, and reinstalling? Or using 3rd party drivers?

As for the noise, I noticed your card is overclocked, so maybe bringing it back to stock speeds would help. But thats how any top of the line card is. Noisy and lots of heat. My X1900XT gets pretty loud and throws out tons of hot air, but I got used to it. Might want to consider aftermarket cooling (though I dont know if any aftermarket coolers work with the 8800's yet).
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I guess you learned a lesson I personally will not get the latest new technology stuff until they are proven to be mature.
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I pretty sure the FPS issues would be related to driver problems. Have you tried uninstalling the drivers, using Drivercleaner Pro, and reinstalling? Or using 3rd party drivers?

As for the noise, I noticed your card is overclocked, so maybe bringing it back to stock speeds would help. But thats how any top of the line card is. Noisy and lots of heat. My X1900XT gets pretty loud and throws out tons of hot air, but I got used to it. Might want to consider aftermarket cooling (though I dont know if any aftermarket coolers work with the 8800's yet).
The stock 8800 cooler is an excellent cooler. You'll struggle to find an aftermarket cooler just now that will cool it any better without going to water.
    
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Don't worry about driver issues, there is nothing else i can do to fix that problem. I use watercooling on mine so no worries about noise except for that infernal screeching noise. I just dont think its worth $600
    
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Don't worry about driver issues, there is nothing else i can do to fix that problem. I use watercooling on mine so no worries about noise except for that infernal screeching noise. I just dont think its worth $600
Oh youre talking about that PWM issue that a lot of 8800's seem to have. I thought you were talking about the fan lol. Yeah Id say RMA it or just replace it with another card then.
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