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XFX sent 1 gb 6950 to replace a defective 5870

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April 9, 2011 12:51:05 PM

Hi all,

As the title states, XFX sent a 1 Gb 6950 to replace my defective 5870. My windows experience rating DROPPED from a 7.8 to a 7.2! After doing some research, it seems as tho if I had received the 2 gb version of the 6950 it would have been a fair return, but I think I got gipped.

Also, the model they sent me was clearly used previously. Should I complain and tell them I want a 5870 back, or is the 6950 they sent me an even deal?
a c 140 U Graphics card
April 9, 2011 1:18:32 PM

The 6950 1GB card performs almost equal the the 2GB version, maybe slightly under. This would put it roughly equal to or better than a 5870. That windows experience number is junk. I'd go by 3dMark way before that or just look at simple reviews.
a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2011 1:21:12 PM

stslimited84 said:
Hi all,

As the title states, XFX sent a 1 Gb 6950 to replace my defective 5870. My windows experience rating DROPPED from a 7.8 to a 7.2! After doing some research, it seems as tho if I had received the 2 gb version of the 6950 it would have been a fair return, but I think I got gipped.

Also, the model they sent me was clearly used previously. Should I complain and tell them I want a 5870 back, or is the 6950 they sent me an even deal?

I think it´s a great deal, and I wouldn´t change it.
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April 9, 2011 1:27:52 PM

My 5850 gets 7.7.No idea how a 6950 can get 7.2.
a c 140 U Graphics card
April 9, 2011 1:30:59 PM

It's windows. Just like how my file transfer starts at 120 minutes and all of a sudden jumps to 360 minutes 20 minutes later.
a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2011 2:37:49 PM

windows experience rating is junk, 6950 is slightly better than 5870
a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2011 3:20:29 PM

Yeah, the experience rating is junk, Go for real world benchmarks or even synthetics.
a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2011 4:34:56 PM

You did good with an upgrade like that.
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 9, 2011 5:28:07 PM

Its a fair even replacement nothing more nothing less. I would have thought a new one would be sent but its probably somewhere in the small print that they can send a reconditioned one ?

Mactronix :) 
April 9, 2011 7:00:22 PM

well I might have to return it to them. It locked up once already, like the defective 5870 I had did. If it happens again, I'm going to send this one back
a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2011 7:40:50 PM

I would look at the drivers other than the card. Are you OC'ing at all?
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 9, 2011 7:44:44 PM

Are you sure its the card that is locking up and you don't have an iffy stick of memory or a CPU that is OCed and isn't 100% stable ? My CPU unlocked ok at first but i had issues that looked GPU related. Because i knew it was ok before i unlocked the CPU i put that back to stock and no more issues.
Just saying you should consider all options.

Mactronix :) 
April 9, 2011 8:12:53 PM

mactronix said:
Are you sure its the card that is locking up and you don't have an iffy stick of memory or a CPU that is OCed and isn't 100% stable ? My CPU unlocked ok at first but i had issues that looked GPU related. Because i knew it was ok before i unlocked the CPU i put that back to stock and no more issues.
Just saying you should consider all options.

Mactronix :) 



thanks for the suggestions; however i do know this is the video card. As is well documented on the web, the 5870's as well as most of the 5xxx series had horrible issues. So I had to RMA the card and it was found to be defective (obviously, hence the 6950). While waiting to get the 6950 bc they wouldnt cross ship me a new card, i purchased a 4850 to hold me over. That ran flawlessly for several weeks.

Put in the 6950, and boom, a freeze/lockup within 1 day.
a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2011 8:22:04 PM

Sorry, gotta ask, did you completely remove the old driver. Then install the 6950, and download and install the latest ATI drivers for it and your version of windows?

Can't just swap cards in and out and expect 'em to work.....

April 9, 2011 8:26:28 PM

stslimited84 said:
thanks for the suggestions; however i do know this is the video card. As is well documented on the web, the 5870's as well as most of the 5xxx series had horrible issues. So I had to RMA the card and it was found to be defective (obviously, hence the 6950). While waiting to get the 6950 bc they wouldnt cross ship me a new card, i purchased a 4850 to hold me over. That ran flawlessly for several weeks.

Put in the 6950, and boom, a freeze/lockup within 1 day.


Just because other people are having issues with 5850 or 5870 doesn't mean that's your issue. It could be a driver issue causing you problems. Did you do a proper, complete reinstallation of drivers?

I've had lock-up issues with my system, but none of them related to my 5850s. It may be documented, but I think it's a bit of a stretch to say most of the 5xxx cards have horrible issues. Even still I think it's more related to the vendor and not AMD specifically.

Have you tried the card in a friend's machine? After your system locks up have you checked the event viewer?
April 9, 2011 8:52:17 PM

i dont have the 5850 anymore. While most of them might not have issues, a fair amount did. Anyway, back on topic. The 6950 is the one with potential issues. Only one lockup so far tho. see my last post
April 9, 2011 8:59:26 PM

I did see your last post, let us know when you review window event viewer to see if it says anything.
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