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check it out... http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/16...sta/index.html

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What can we say about it? On a whole performance is pretty good and we do see gains in a lot of places. We can’t quite see those 10% and 20%+ gains that we saw mentioned in the release notes, but they really are best case scenario and may impact different in-game settings more than others.

Apart from performance, ATI have now implemented the use of Stream technology; this is designed to compete against NVIDIA and its CUDA technology. What will be interesting is how it compares to NVIDIAs technology and how much people will use it over the coming months.

While it seems some people have reported issues with the new driver when it comes to installing, we have to say that across all the cards we used we didn’t run into any problems.

As usual, if you test the new drivers in some other games or different cards, please don’t forget to to our forums and let us know your thoughts on the latest driver release.

Until next year, we hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Year which should allow you some time to play all those games you’re been dying to get into!
    
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From all the drivers i have tried i would say for me 8.12 were the worst. I never got before BSOD from driver. 8.12 are giving me to many BSOD.
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From all the drivers i have tried i would say for me 8.12 were the worst. I never got before BSOD from driver. 8.12 are giving me to many BSOD.
They don't even run for me. They install fine and without error, but when the PC restarts, I get a message that says no ATI GPU is detected and please install the proper drivers.

The 8.11 x58 hotfix drivers work great for me though.
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I've noticed global increases, and particularly Crysis Warhead AA improvements (maxed @ 8xAA drops fps from 28 to 24).

Also GRID doubled it's FPS with 8xAA.

No BSOD's either.
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Unfortunately i've been plagued with the "XXX Has crashed but successfully recovered" vista driver crash since i bought my 4870, but since grabbing the 8.12's the crashes have increase, but on the flip side, FPS in games (before the driver crashes) has increased also

So frustrating, so close to going to XP 64 :S
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Unfortunately i've been plagued with the "XXX Has crashed but successfully recovered" vista driver crash since i bought my 4870, but since grabbing the 8.12's the crashes have increase, but on the flip side, FPS in games (before the driver crashes) has increased also

So frustrating, so close to going to XP 64 :S

It'll be worse.
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Unfortunately i've been plagued with the "XXX Has crashed but successfully recovered" vista driver crash since i bought my 4870, but since grabbing the 8.12's the crashes have increase, but on the flip side, FPS in games (before the driver crashes) has increased also

So frustrating, so close to going to XP 64 :S
XP x64 is great and if you don't plan on having more than two GPUs and don't need DX10 support, go for it. Vista 64 SP1 has been nothing but headaches for me coming from XP x64.
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Well I think 8.10 sucked so I went back to 8.8, and this one was fine 8.12.
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LOL man I can't stop emphasizing why I think NVIDIA is a better solution. It has nothing to do with hardware. If you get awesome hardware, good, its 100% useless if you can't use it to its full potential because your software is bugged to hell and back!

The review did say they didn't have a problem which is nice but there have been so many people here with problems on these drivers it makes me sad that ATI can't get their software right because they really are doing good with their GPUs and Graphics cards. IMO lackluster software support keeps me away from them at this particular time (since I had my 8800's)
    
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I hope your not referring to my problem above FreeRoller, Ahh course not, i'm sure by the tone of your post your fully aware nvidia suffers literally the exact same problem with the driver crashing that ATI has in Vista.

I'd switch to XP64 except i havn't done much research on the differences between vista and xp in 64bit flavour. I remember seeing somewhere that XP64 can't run any 32bit only software (or is it just 32bit drivers? Programs are fine?) that'd be the only thing thats really stopping me, that and having to back everything up :O

ps, for the record also, every card before i bought this 4870 has been a Nvidia card and i only bought this card last sunday
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