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  • #16
    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    They only sold THIS specific card as Win only, cool or Well i would just disable the logo with a hack you find here in the board too when you search a bit
    Hmmm!, I'm intrigued, what do you mean by disabling the logo? I installed the Catalyst driver on various occasions to see if it worked and once (when it worked) I got the Watermark of "Incompatible Hardware", are you talking about that? I have also wondered if there is a way to treat the 3870 X2 as just one single 3870 in some way.

    Any help will be very much appreciated, although I'm already waiting for Ubuntu 10.04,

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    • #17
      http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19875

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      • #18
        Thank you very much!

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        • #19
          Got one coming soon!!!

          (First off, hi guys! Long time reader, first time poster.)

          I had to camp out on Newegg this evening to get it, but I just managed to order the Sapphire HD5970 card. With any luck, it will arrive by Friday, and I can upgrade my aging 9800GTX.

          I'm not even 100% sure it will work in Linux, but I'll let everyone know if it works in Ubuntu 9.10. Assuming it works, I also plan to put it through its paces via Lenvik (of course!), and I'll let everyone know how it goes. I'm also open for requests if ppl want to know how well certain things work.

          Some caveats, of course:

          1) My system is not overclocked, and I don't plan to overclock it. I'm not even sure I can with my board. I'll just say right now that I don't expect the CPUs or motherboard to be a bottleneck, even at stock clock. Once I have the Lenvik reports, I'll dump the exact specs.

          2) This card comes with a slight overclock (735MHz core clock vs the standard 725MHz). Normally I don't get factory OC'd cards, because if I want OC'd parts, I'd rather do it myself. This was hard enough to get that I decided to roll with it this once.

          3) I only have one monitor. Anyone who wants me to test Eyefinity would have to lend me at least two more monitors for a while.

          4) I won't be able to test Crossfire. Sorry, but Newegg put a 1-per-customer limit on this thing (quite understandably).

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          • #20
            eye infinity ATOM bios table entries

            Originally posted by Kelledin View Post
            (First off, hi guys! Long time reader, first time poster.)

            I had to camp out on Newegg this evening to get it, but I just managed to order the Sapphire HD5970 card. With any luck, it will arrive by Friday, and I can upgrade my aging 9800GTX.

            I'm not even 100% sure it will work in Linux, but I'll let everyone know if it works in Ubuntu 9.10. Assuming it works, I also plan to put it through its paces via Lenvik (of course!), and I'll let everyone know how it goes. I'm also open for requests if ppl want to know how well certain things work.

            Some caveats, of course:

            1) My system is not overclocked, and I don't plan to overclock it. I'm not even sure I can with my board. I'll just say right now that I don't expect the CPUs or motherboard to be a bottleneck, even at stock clock. Once I have the Lenvik reports, I'll dump the exact specs.

            2) This card comes with a slight overclock (735MHz core clock vs the standard 725MHz). Normally I don't get factory OC'd cards, because if I want OC'd parts, I'd rather do it myself. This was hard enough to get that I decided to roll with it this once.

            3) I only have one monitor. Anyone who wants me to test Eyefinity would have to lend me at least two more monitors for a while.

            4) I won't be able to test Crossfire. Sorry, but Newegg put a 1-per-customer limit on this thing (quite understandably).

            My last info is that the radeon driver misses the eye infinity ATOM bios table entries. Was told they are ready for publication, just waiting the go from AMD.
            I do believe that r8xx is almost a r7xx regarding its pipeline programming. Should not be that much programming from the r7xx code.

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            • #21
              Well. Um.

              I got the card yesterday, but I haven't had a chance to install it. I figured I'd run Lenvik on my 9800GTX setup first to get more datapoints for comparison. I must take a moment to gripe--at one point Lenvik decided to download a 660MB test package from a mirror that only served 70K/sec. I let it spend all night downloading, then (re)started the actual tests this morning before I left for work.

              It's still running warsow.x86_64 (been doing so for almost 3 hours, consuming 100% of one CPU core).

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              • #22
                And...this is a fail.

                The Catalyst 9.12 drivers work reasonably well. The driver install script produces .deb package sets on Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit quite well, and they install and support the card without the dreaded watermark. I'm basically able to crank up Nexuiz to extremely high settings at 2650x1600 and still get >100fps.

                The problem is the cooling hardware, specifically the fan. It rattles horribly enough that I can't stand to be near it. I will have to RMA this thing, and I'm not sure I'll be able to get a replacement at current stock levels.

                After looking around on Google, it turns out this is a disturbingly common problem, and not just with Sapphire cards--ATI apparently botched the reference fan design and left it for the AIBs to deal with. If it wasn't for the fan rattle, this thing would probably be near silent at typical fan speeds.

                It's intensely aggravating to me that ATI could design a card with such mad GPU horsepower, then basically turn it into junk with a silly, moronic engineering mistake. They really dropped the ball on this, and they can't even blame it on TSMC.

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