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I plan on getting my Radeon 6970 very soon. At Fry's there is the DIAMOND Radeon 6970, should I buy this? Or should I wait until other brands come along?
Wait till you find an Asus or Msi card on the shelfs or order one online from your favorite retailer. Although I gotta say, I had a Diamond 2900xt back in the day and it was rock solid!
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Wait till you find an Asus or Msi card on the shelfs or order one online from your favorite retailer. Although I gotta say, I had a Diamond 2900xt back in the day and it was rock solid!
Hmm.. I mean Diamond doesn't seem too bad. I'm not sure.
Edited by Electric - 12/23/10 at 9:56pm
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Would any ASUS 6970/50 owners be willing to provide a downloadable copy of their bios ?

I'm not only excited about fiddlin with the voltage, but even being able to get my moneys worth out of the ancillary bios-switch. Although ideally, I shouldn't aspire to effect features that are a safety net for noobs.. interestingly enough, I managed to render my Diamond 5970 card inoperable for a week flashing it to an ASUS voltweak edition 5970. That pesky slave GPU. Only time I've ever cried over (what I believed at the time was) a piece of broken hardware

To those who end up with the ASUS bios on their respective cards: Smartdoctor is a real ****ty piece of software. Even before I had other means to mod the voltage tweak settings (afterburner), I could barely stand having it run background on my desktop. It certainly betters the alternative, so if anyone can hook up a link to the bios it'd be appreciated !
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Hmm.. I mean Diamond doesn't seem too bad. I'm not sure.
Diamond's customer service has developed into an operation of notoriously pathetic efficacy. Back when the 5970's were both fetching $600+ fees & rarely in stock, I found a Diamond model for a sliver above $400. In researching the company, I came across an unsettling preponderance of complaints (especially sluggishness with respect to RMAs).

That said, of all the 58/5900 series cards I owned, my Diamond was by far the best of the lot. I still have it equipped in my graphic/art design, screen-printing office and running at 950/1250 on 1.187. Of course we're talking about reference boards irregardless, so take that with a grain of salt.
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Diamond's customer service has developed into an operation of notoriously pathetic efficacy. Back when the 5970's were both fetching $600+ fees & rarely in stock, I found a Diamond model for a sliver above $400. In researching the company, I came across an unsettling preponderance of complaints (especially sluggishness with respect to RMAs).

That said, of all the 58/5900 series cards I owned, my Diamond was by far the best of the lot. I still have it equipped in my graphic/art design, screen-printing office and running at 950/1250 on 1.187. Of course we're talking about reference boards irregardless, so take that with a grain of salt.
So with that said, should I go ahead with the diamond or not?
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So with that said, should I go ahead with the diamond or not?
I would! I just perused my e-mail history for tags re: my various graphic card brands, & came across two inquiries I had submit to Diamond tech support. In absolute terms of haste, the non automated responses were inside of 24 hours and, qualitatively, regarding the content of the response, insightful & helpful. That said, all 6970 cards current are built by AMD, so you need not worry about device flaws relative a specific brand.

I have three 6970 cards and due to a mistake in tigerdirect charging & sending me two additional units (lawl), I've been able to test 4 cards @ 950/1450 (left the 5th in the box) - the Catalyst OC limit - so far 0 blue screens, 1 "hang" (not whilst gaming), 1 "program not responding" during game, and otherwise 6 hours of uninterrupted, flawless gameplay. I think, as a whole, these cards are phenomenal in performance & stability with oodles of overclocking potential. Your odds are pretty good that you'll be satisfied regardless of brand. So yah, get the Diamond
Edited by XXXfire - 12/24/10 at 12:12am
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I would! I just perused my e-mail history for tags re: my various graphic card brands, & came across two inquiries I had submit to Diamond tech support. In absolute terms of haste, the non automated responses were inside of 24 hours and, qualitatively, regarding the content of the response, insightful & helpful. That said, all 6970 cards current are built by AMD, so you need not worry about device flaws relative a specific brand.

I have three 6970 cards and due to a mistake in tigerdirect charging & sending me two additional units (lawl), I've been able to test 4 cards @ 950/1450 (left the 5th in the box) - the Catalyst OC limit - so far 0 blue screens, 1 "hang" (not whilst gaming), 1 "program not responding" during game, and otherwise 6 hours of uninterrupted, flawless gameplay. I think, as a whole, these cards are phenomenal in performance & stability with oodles of overclocking potential. Your odds are pretty good that you'll be satisfied regardless of brand. So yah, get the Diamond
Jesus you're lucky! They seriously sent you 2 extra units free of charge? Haha I'm going to start ordering from Tigerdirect and see if I get some free stuff.
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Quick question.
I never owned a ATI card before and i'm still on the fence about getting a 6970 in CFX (possibly tri-fire as well). Like a few people on this board, i'm still deciding on this or the 570 in SLI (or 3-way SLI). Hehe i even made a joke on another thread about the "6970 is worst card EvAR!" But in all honesty i think these cards are good. I game at 2560 X 1440 res - and what interests me the most is that it has 2gb of VRAM, which helps at that res, and the scaling in CFX is great! Only thing thats holding me back is when i read about the ATI drivers. I read: "breaks CFX" or "breaks windows 7" Are they that atrocious? Any input regarding ATI cards and recent drivers is much appreciated.
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Just curious how do I get on the user list. I already had submitted my 2x6970 pics...
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I ran into driver hell and the only solution was to completely reinstall Windows.
Now everything is running very smooth.
    
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