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The Radeon HD 4870 cards have only been available on retail shelves for a couple of days but already a handful of owners are complaining their card died prematurely.

A topic with complaints about 4870s biting the dust can be read at XtremeSystems Forums. Several guys report their card died within 48 hours, some of the problems were caused by a corrupt BIOS flash but in other cases it doesn't seem to be related to overclocking, overvolting or flashing the BIOS as one user points out he was running at stock and another unfortunate user reports he has four dead Radeon HD 4870 cards:
Got 4 dead here, as well.

To fuel the fire and speculation, both sets we have died in Crossfire mode. (may be a trend from the looks of it)
This happened to Radeon HD 4870 cards from various brands and because there haven't been any reports of dead Radeon HD 4850 cards it seems safe to assume this issue isn't related to the RV770 GPUs.

We're not sure what makes the 4870 cards die as there's insufficient data but at this point the GDDR5 memory is the main suspect. If you have a dead Radeon HD 4870 please report about it in our comment section and tell us how it happened.

UPDATE: Some of the Radeon HD 4870 deaths can be attributed to a failed BIOS flash, if that's the case you can get a fix for your card at Techpowerup.
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Christ's sake, you flash the BIOS, you solder on the board to give the core higher voltage, you overclock it, and it's a 'premature death'? Making it sound as if it's the manufacturer's fault here.

Maybe try to count all the CPUs and the cards that die from this kind of benching. No, it still wouldn't be relevant.
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That doesn't sound good.
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nVidia: "Whew, what a relief."
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Originally Posted by Diabolical999 View Post
nVidia: "Whew, what a relief."
Except there's been rumors of the same type of thing on the 280 as well. Though not so bad.
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The posts that I saw on XtremeSystems lead me to believe that it's the memory that's failing here. It makes sense given that Qimonda only really just ramped up production, so they are relatively new.

This kind of thing (ie mysterious premature deaths) isn't an uncommon scenario when you have new technology, no company is really immune to it.

The deaths that happened to cards that have been modded in anyway should not be called premature, though. And I'm wondering the defect rate for cards that weren't touched.
Edited by darkcloud89 - 6/29/08 at 5:50pm
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This kind of stuff happens to new tech. It'll pass.
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if this is true and cards DO die at stock speeds i hope it doesn't turn out to be another RRODish epidemic.
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but in other cases it doesn't seem to be related to overclocking, overvolting or flashing the BIOS as one user points out he was running at stock and another unfortunate user reports he has four dead Radeon HD 4870 cards:
Got 4 dead here, as well.


To fuel the fire and speculation, both sets we have died in Crossfire mode. (may be a trend from the looks of it)
This would be a major suck if it becomes a trend. I was about to switch over but will hold off until this issue has been resolved. (if it's even an issue)

If this keeps happening? It will kill ATI
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Well I remember the 9600gt's having black screen crashes and dying. This will be fixed its a brand new card.
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