Serious graphics issues with ATI Radeon HD 5870

By Nomorelols ยท 32 replies
May 12, 2010
  1. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Thus the smiley face....
  2. Nomorelols

    Nomorelols TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey man! thanks for your suggestions/not going on a crazy rant - apparently my card is ugly :blush:

    First of all, you guys having your fake/joke/not fake arguement, take it easy :p hahaha, i don't want my shitty computer causing all this histeria!! (jks i kinda do. but not really. i dunno.)

    In answer to your question: my old computer (which wasn't really that old) died because the graphics card just totally got busted. I was told by alot of people that my computer was fine but i just needed a new card (kinda an important part of a computer i guess :p) so I bought my new card.

    The guy just stuck the new graphics card in for me really. assembling computers is his job so i don't think he would have stuffed it up...

    what he said exactly is actually that some people with my graphics card and motherboard combo experience problems turning the computer on, because for some reason the graphics card doesn't get enough power and therefor nothing displays on screen. He said that all these people had the same issues and the same solution - just turn the computer on and off. the computer wouldn't start perhaps one in 5 times.

    ANYWAY, he demonstrated this to me, and sure enough what he said would happen happened when we were in his office. bout 2 weeks later this bullshit starts happening. now i can't get back onto him :( and im not sure if he could help anyway - he's more of a builder/electrition then a computer genius.

    Just so I know - what is the VDDC current exactly?

    thanks so much people
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Its a genuine disagreement,I just don't like to get nasty over graphic cards :)

    CPU VDDC (or CPU Vcore Offset) can be used to adjust the CPU
    Vcore above the max VID value. comes in handy for heavy OC'ing with say LN2.

    ...and for god sake, get a prettier graphics card will ya?
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Come on, the 480 may be #1 in terms of pure power, but the trade off is huge. The heat is going to raise your system temperature, you're going to have a larger power draw, and despite Nvidia's assurances, running that hot can't be good for the card or the computer.

    The step they're taking is just not in the right direction. We all know what the future is leading to. Small tiny computers we're gonna keep in our pockets and flexible displays we unroll from some tube. The point is to be smaller, cooler, more efficient and faster. If you can't go in that direction, then you should keep working?
  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    What you're describing sounds like the PowerPlay functionality of the card. It sounds like you either have an early BIOS - or maybe not so early if the card is XFX branded, or your card is afflicted with the batch of bad vRAM chips that ended up on some early HD5970/5870/5850/5770 cards.
    If it's either of those scenario's then you are best to initiate an RMA. Flashing a VGA BIOS can void your warranty, although I know from experience that XFX will email you an amended BIOS and allow you to flash the card should you want to try rather than send the card off.

    My $0.02 on the other "discussion" here...
    Red or green I doubt anyone could tell by what they were gaming on simply by gaming performance or fps, with two exceptions that I've experienced. STALKER (and CS, CoP) just feel better played on ATI cards, likewise GTA4 feels much better on nVidia cards. Other than that the drivers are pretty closely matched.
    I will however say that the nVidia CP is light years ahead of CCC, which in all honesty deserves to have a bullet put in the back of it's interface.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Is your card plugged into the PSU or is it just drawing power through the slot? It should be plugged in into the PSU.

    I think I actually used to have your motherboard with an old build, the AMD version of it anyway. The board failed, so I can empathize.
  7. Nomorelols

    Nomorelols TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks guys!

    maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan ... i am gonna have to look into this **** - sooo annoying.

    thanks for your help, i will hit you up if i find the solution
  8. DELLChrisM

    DELLChrisM TS Rookie


    Go into the Device Manger and disable the Ati video card HD audio codec. Then, test the PC in games and report back if the issue remains.
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