Yo, has anyone heard of daulty or DOA 9800GX2's being common at the moment, i bought an XFX 9800GX2 XT with my new build, and to my supprise the PC wouldn't POST, so i installed an old 7 series that i had lieing around and my new machine posted for the first time.
So i'm just curious as to whether 9800GX2's are fault-prone, or if the XFX are shipping dodgey batches... i don't want to have another faulty GX2 come next week.
Well, as with any performance tech DOA is possible, but I haven't heard them as being any more prone to failure than others. In fact, there are a few members here happily running 9800GX2s. Are you sure there is no other issue (like insufficient power?) I'm not doubting you, just want to make sure everything is checked before you go through the RMA process.
I'm really not sure as to what the problem is with this build, i switched out the 9800 with a test card and got the system to semi-post, but it would halt on the first screen and fail to respond to the keyboard, which leaves me thinking that my XFX 790i Ultra SLI is infact the root of the problem, still, the machine won't POST with the 9800 in it, so perhaps they're both faulty.
I might add that the motherboard's PCB was quite bent, or warped on the underside of where the northbridge heatsink is sat, so the most likely scenario is that the motherboard is the result of a manufacturing error. I'm boggled, after spending nearly two months without a gaming PC to upgrade to what i have now, and then be confronted by endless road blocks.