Originally Posted by Oubadah
Bugs seem to always screw up potentially high-longevity purchases for me. I bought the 8800GTX at release, and in hindsight that card had excellent longevity on paper
. But it just so happened that 30% of my gaming at the time was UT2004 (not to mention other UE2 games), and the 8800 series had a driver bug that caused stutter in all UE2 games, which the muppets at Nvidia took well over a year to address. By that time I loathed the 8800GTX. There was also an Nvidia bug in Crysis (that I think persists to this day), that had me dabble in the 3870x2 when I should
have still been enjoying a long ride with the 8800GTX.
I think you and I may be kindred spirits!
Which I then sold after buying this card. Look familiar?
I bought that baby within days of its launch and immediately began a very frustrating experience. Initially drivers for that card were horrible and nothing seemed to work as it was supposed to. It finally drove me to the point that I boxed it back up, grabbed the receipt, and got ready for a drive to Micro Center. It just so happened AMD released a new driver that very same day so I thought I would at least try it. Sure enough that one driver release fixed the vast majority of the problems I was experiencing. After that it was a pretty smooth experience.
The 3870x2 ironically was a good example of what can happen when you adopt something new too
soon. Waiting a little while not only gives an opportunity to hear about the successes and/or failures of the early adopters, but could also could save cash since new hardware is most expensive on launch day.