ATI Mangles the Competition: 8 Hot New Video Cards Reviewed

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stangowner

RivaTuner has had a signed driver for a long time now.  The install includes a file called "RivaTuner2xxDrv.rtu" which is a signed driver compliments of the guys over at techpowerup.  When doing the install, you get prompted to install any available updates.  Just say yes.... and the the driver is included.  I've been running Win7x64 since Feb (currently the RTM, but several beta/rc builds before that), and RivaTuner has worked flawlessly on all of them, without requiring any driver signature hacks or disabling.

Here is the result:

http://rivatuner.doomdealer.com/images/RT-signed-driver.png

- Nick

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mpcrsc562

but money is a major issue. besides, i had just got my hands on an extra hd 4870 earlier this year to set up for crossfire.

 

although eyefinity looks to be cool, it is a shame that the technology won't work for the 48xx series cards! why cannot i have my driver recognize my two monitors as a single panel instead of one desktop extended onto another panel? i would LOVE to have my games that recognize multi-monitor actually be able to use the function!

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MeTo

I do not like the format it's like they are paid by the click. To much hassle for me. Very unappealing.

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zstadt

Nvidia just needs to hurry up and release their latest...

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downlinx

no only if ATI could back there hardware up with a good set of drivers then we would be set. I'm still not on the band wagon as of yet for the ati cards. Yes the 5970 will be a hell of a card but its basically two 5850's smashed together on one board with the extra stream processors (which is very nice).  Im happy with my gtx295 until the vs reveiws come out with the next gen nvidia cards so i can see how great these cards are.  DX11 games that i am intrested in are not due out any time soon so the gtx295 with a gtx 260 physics works just fine for me. I am really pulling for ati to take the top of the hill and if there drivers get alot more stable then i have another king card to buy.

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samduhman

 

Over the past years I've owned the ATI9700pro then a few Nvidias (6800, model I forget, 8800 etc) up till I bought the ATI 4850 and now my current 4870.

I've never experienced "noticable" bad drivers on any of the cards, ATI or Nvidia. So I've always used the best bang for the buck theory which has saved me a lot of money and allowed me to upgrade more often instead of sticking to one manufacturer camp.

 

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jihnn

guess you have never owned  ati....you must troll the boards and cherry pick  what you want to be the truth.

i currently have an evga evga ftw 260, also i have owned several ati cards.

 

i am not a vidcard fanboy, i want the most bang for buck card.

i'm gonna tell ya that the ati cards have always had great drivers.. 

peeps like you need to keep quiet about what you haven't actually experienced... lest the noobs actually believe ya

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Quakindude

ATI has NOT always had the best drivers. For MANY years, ATI drivers really sucked when you were trying to upgrade from one set to another. And then many sets of ATI drivers just plain sucked. This hasn't been true for the last three or so years though.

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mastermachman

Not true. ATI OverClock tool you show here was first brought out with ATI last Video card 4890 witch I have now.. and It Overdrive tool work like a champ, Also another good one it SmartDoc. it too will overclock. I have tested both, I was a big Nvida fan for a long time now. But AMD/ATI in the video card market have hit hight number as of lastly. and is call for a switch. I went from 7600 to 7950, on too 4890,(got started in PC gaming in 2000, first card was 2250 . . .LOL) I'm now looking at 5870 for my next card. I wall ways buy top tier cards. I'm a hard core PC gamer and coder /Mapper builder.  

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virorex

uh i'm pretty sure ATI OverClock tool was out a long time ago alongside one of the driver version I can't remember... I overclocked my 3870 with it when I bought it almost 2 years ago. Unfortunately my card does not run stable enough even with a slight overclock. Saving money for 5850 for xmas =)

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chronium

Also what ever happened to the conclusion of your review round ups that was the only part that I read.

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jrocknyc

why aren't these reviews arranged linearly? why are we being forced to go forward and back, forward and back, forward and back?

you're just forcing us to go elsewhere for our information, and eventually we'll forget to come back.

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MeTo

It's like they are paid by the click. To much hassle for me. Very unappealing.

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Onyx2291

I wish I could get my hands on one of these. Been running an 8400 for two years now.

-Onyx

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Sentinel137

 

  At this time, ATI made it out the gate first with a Dx 11 Card and the almost fastest card one could buy, But the only software that use DX 11 is is window's 7, There are No Game's or other software on market that use the API,Dx 11,, at this time till some where near the mid to end of next year, Software will come out to start using the API, I can very well understand why Nvidia is not so much worry about it at this time, When Nivida puts out its 300 line cards it will be in line with the software that will be released, And more so will make what they are calling the top of the line card today from ATI 5870 not so hot any more, and prices for this card will drop down, As one can all ready see that you have to down load A work around software to make the cards run, as the drivers needs to be re engineered to get the bugs out still, This race is still on and the first horse out the gate is not all ways the winner as it also is the last one to cross the finish line,,

 

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big_montana

That is where you are wrong, as there is plenty of software available that makes use of DX 11 not names Windows 7 (which in my book is pretty good reason onto itself to purchase a 5000 series card). Try googling direct 11 software. The only buggy software is Rivatuner which does not work well under Win64 and this is for Nvidai and AMD. Also your interpretation of this article seems a little buggy as well.

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Springfield45

It may come as a suprise to you, but not everyone buys a new video card every six monts.  Some people use the same card for a year or even two!  I am looking for a possible upgrade myself right now.  My current card has seen service in my computer for just over a year, and will see annother year of use in my wife's computer when I purchase a replacement for mine.  So, as I am looking for a new card, I am looking for good performance, value, AND feature support in future titles. 

-- An armed man is a free man. --

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Taz0

Windows 7 does not use DirectX 11, but rather supports it for use by games and applications. Windows Vista also supports DirectX 11.

EDIT: Whoops, meant to reply to Sentinel137.

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slynn12

Would this possibly mean a price drop in the 4870 because I'd love that. I'm wanting to get a second one for my pc.

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gendoikari1

Now, if only there actually WERE HD 5000 series cards to buy...

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big_montana

Ever hear of Newegg, Tigerdirect, Zipzoomfly? All three have HD 5000 series cards listed for sale and in stock. Do not know where you were looking (Worst Buy maybe) but they are and have been availalbe online for a while now.

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khaos

Newegg has 5750's, but go
on down the list and all you will see is "Auto-Notifiy".

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gendoikari1

Yeah. I was looking to see if I could get a 5870 or two in order to replace the GTX 295 that is currently overheating and glitching come playing a game, but the worse bit is that I'm in Canada, so trying to find one is even worse here (everywhere is either a) on backorder b)out of stock c)never gonna sell the card).

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big_montana

But that is not what you said. You stated there were no 5000 series cards in stock. If you took my advice and looked at Zipzoomfly's web site you would see that they have the card you are looking for in stock and available for immediate shipping. Not AMD's fault that Newegg has yet to stock it.

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gendoikari1

The 5800 series cards are on "Notify Me" status on Zipzoomfly. That answer your question?

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DBsantos77

 I still can't get over how sexy the 5870 is.

As far as the unsigned driver issue, there is a write-up on a workaround, and it works with W7 64-bit. Follow the link. 

Loading unsigned drivers in W7 64-bit: http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2009/08/24/loading-unsigned-drivers-in-windows-7-and-vista-64-bit-x64/

App required to complete the workaround: http://www.ngohq.com/home.php?page=dseo

 This workaround can be used for virtually any app, not just rivatuner.

Hope this helps someone, I know it saved a buttload of headaches for me.

-Santos

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targetsb

Unfortunately for ATI and Nvidia,no one wants to make good games that will actually make use of these excellent cards powers.

 

Thanks for nothing Infinity Ward.

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