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a lot of people get Hd 3870x2 from their broken 2900XT, strange how most of em break around this time
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Originally Posted by darksideleader View Post
a lot of people get Hd 3870x2 from their broken 2900XT, strange how most of em break around this time
This is true. I've seen a couple of people getting 3870x2s from a 2900XT RMA.
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This is true. I've seen a couple of people getting 3870x2s from a 2900XT RMA.
Depends entirely on which 2900xt you have. I had a 1 GB GDDR4 one die on me, and I got a 3870x2 out of it, but i had a friend who had one of the 512 MB ones die on him, and they would only replace it with a 3870...

Just a little advice to the OP. Chances are, they will offer you a 3850 as replacement, just say "no thank you, I'm not actively looking for a downgrade, however I would be willing to accept a 3870x2 as replacement.It not only reflects my investment, but is also the only product you offer that isn't actually a downgrade from my current card"

It worked for me, and the worst they can say is no
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Depends entirely on which 2900xt you have. I had a 1 GB GDDR4 one die on me, and I got a 3870x2 out of it, but i had a friend who had one of the 512 MB ones die on him, and they would only replace it with a 3870...

Just a little advice to the OP. Chances are, they will offer you a 3850 as replacement, just say "no thank you, I'm not actively looking for a downgrade, however I would be willing to accept a 3870x2 as replacement.It not only reflects my investment, but is also the only product you offer that isn't actually a downgrade from my current card"

It worked for me, and the worst they can say is no
Nothing (At least, not much) is a downgrade from a broken card though (Maybe a piece of cardboard is a downgrade, because it's not as heavy so it makes a worse paperweight )
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Nothing (At least, not much) is a downgrade from a broken card though (Maybe a piece of cardboard is a downgrade, because it's not as heavy so it makes a worse paperweight )
That's not the point, the card is/was a $350-400 card. Just because your Porsche spontaneously combusts, doesn't mean they can give you a Pinto, because "it's not a downgrade, it works"
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Honestly, I was thinking I was going to have to buy a new card. Though after thinking about it, I was using an ATI supplied utility...that should be pretty safe. After putting the stock heat sink back on today I can see that there are scorched components all along the the PCI-E connector. I'm pretty sure it didn't like the overclock at all.

Anyway I'd be happy with a 3870, but an 3850 would be a downgrade given what I paid for the thing originally.
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They usually:

- Give you a similar item in return (even if the current value is much less than when you got yours)

- Offer you an item of similar value

- Give you a refund for the original purchase

For a HD2900XT I would consider a HD3870 acceptable (performance wise). An X2 would be nice, but don't be surprised if they say no. If they offer you a complete refund I would take that instead (given that you spent +$400 initially).
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Odd, I had this happen to a 2900xt also, but not while using overdrive (I was just watching a movie, but sounds like card fried in same manner).
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Well got in contact with Sapphire today. The RMA is in hand and will be shipped out tomorrow. I've not really done RMA's to manufacturers before (everything tends to die way before that point for me or live forever)...I was kind of surprised that there was a fee associated with RMA. It won't bug me as long as they don't turn around and deny the RMA in the end.
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Well got in contact with Sapphire today. The RMA is in hand and will be shipped out tomorrow. I've not really done RMA's to manufacturers before (everything tends to die way before that point for me or live forever)...I was kind of surprised that there was a fee associated with RMA. It won't bug me as long as they don't turn around and deny the RMA in the end.
I'm sure they'll replace it, did they charge you a shipping and handling fee?

The card is under warranty and clearly malfunctioned. The only thing is that I've heard Sapphire takes about a month or so to RMA so you may be without a card for a few weeks yet.

Maybe you get lucky and get an upgrade though!
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