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Because they can't handle overvolting and BIOS flashing, apparently.

It seems noone here actually read the circumstances under which the cards died, they just jumped on ATI. Funny.
Exactly. They are all a bunch of useless fanboys that do not know any better.

The Nvidiots are all hoping that the 4800 series will be a fail so they won't look stupid for paying a $350 premium for such a small performance increase.

Everyone should want these cards to be great, because it equals cheaper prices for everyone.
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post #72 of 77
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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.
I think that there probably isn't widespread defects in these cards. It probably has a lot to do with the modded BIOS's and overclocking / overvolting / overheating. Perhaps the card is delicate, who knows?

But "premature deaths" definitely isn't common. How many 45nm Intel CPU died initially? How many of the first Core 2's died intially? How many of the G80's died initially?
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post #73 of 77
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I think that there probably isn't widespread defects in these cards. It probably has a lot to do with the modded BIOS's and overclocking / overvolting / overheating. Perhaps the card is delicate, who knows?

But "premature deaths" definitely isn't common. How many 45nm Intel CPU died initially? How many of the first Core 2's died intially? How many of the G80's died initially?
Indeed. Perhaps with a card as fine as the 4870, you need to romance it a little before you voltmod it.
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post #74 of 77
It's probably been said before...but...

This shouldn't even be an issue! Sure, if the vast majority of these cards were running at stock and they died, then I'd be worried. But the people complaining about their cards are people who are hardmodding their cards and flashing BIOSes. If you take that risk and eff it up, there's no one to blame but you. Manufacturers shouldn't honor the warranty on a card that has been hardmodded or has a flashed BIOS (unless they supplied the BIOS). You paid $300 for an awesome card and proceeded to take a very hot iron to it and melt off some connections...what do you think is going to happen if you don't know EXACTLY what you're doing?

Sucks for the people who were running at stock though.

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Indeed. Perhaps with a card as fine as the 4870, you need to romance it a little before you voltmod it.
LOL! sigged!
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Indeed. Perhaps with a card as fine as the 4870, you need to romance it a little before you voltmod it.
break that card in
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post #77 of 77
in most all case the 4870s died from a failed bios flash....the 4850s use a 64k bios while the 4870s use a 128k bios

no one really knew that and the ones that reflashed the bios got non booting cards...

this has been fixed via working software and reflashing the cards with the correct sized bios...nothing to do with anything other than that....
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