Originally Posted by guyladouche
Article says that the cards dying doesn't seem to be caused by overvolting, overclocking, etc...
This is disappointing--I seriously hope it's a fluke, but something tells me that this was all too good to be true...
The article says that, but I've been looking at the posts by people who have said that their card died, and the majority of them did flash the BIOS. Sure there may have been others that just died, but that's typical of new hardware. There's really nothing to be disappointed about.
EDIT: Some people are actually able to revive their cards: http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/...ng/vidcard/152
EDIT2: It appears as if the cards that died without any modifications have been linked to a bad batch received by HIS:
Originally Posted by Theta@XS
Little more detail about our 4 dead 4870s:
1) Lived for just over 48 hours from arrival.
2) Were retail boxed / non-review / HIS brand.
3) Lived for 2 days of testing, heat levels ~ 90C @ load.
4) Died approx. 2 hours after enabling CrossfireX.
5) Died after 3 reboots each between XP 32, XP 64, and Vista x64.
6) No BIOS mods, no fan mods, SmartDoctor not used.
1) Still have ~10 working 4870s, none put into CrossfireX yet, due to symptomatic failure of others. Waiting to see...
2) No problems with any 4850s in any configuration - Tri and Quad CrossfireX tested.
Looked back at the packing slip, and the HIS lot was received from the same origin... Distributor is thinking that a bad batch may have leaked, due to a large number of HIS already coming back. I do know that these are reference cards, but it is conceivable that a bad batch slipped into production.
Seems that this issue can be put to bed soon.Edited by darkcloud89 - 6/29/08 at 8:04pm