The newest Cat 10.3a "preview" drivers were used. Those basically implement changes above and beyond the 10.3 WHQL ones that are available right now. In addition, we used the 10.3 Profile 1.0 which implemented additional improvements.Just updated my 5870. Was hoping to get the 480, but I do think this is not a success story for NV.
Wonder if any reviews will incorporate these types of updates:
go to ATI site.
So now it seems ATI can do 3D too, that was one of the main reasons to go NVIDIA. And in some games that the 480 was much better then the 5870 like Dirt 2, the ATI cards now have 20%-30% increase pending. Hmm, the war could be interesting. Also, I do not believe the NV drivers are really new considering how long they have been developing them.
Well, the Problem with Gigabyte is that the warranty period (3 years) starts from "manufacturing date" until you reach 2 years for the "bumper-to-bumper" warranty. The third year is parts only, no labor included kinda deal?the giga ones have 3 years warranties, dont think youll keep it that long tough as your main card.
Thank you for that. That is very helpful to know and helps put perspective on things. I wonder how this will play play out as i have read that there are rumors of a 5890 coming out. Then there is the 2 GB 5870. It will be interesting that is for sure. Should we expect some type of response from ATI that can return beat this 480s performance? I must say though that I am still not really that impressed by only approx 15% performance increase when this card was supposed to be a revelation of technology. I am confident that the 512 shader version may be worth seriously looking at though. But again, I cant imagine ATI has no answer to this in the coming days/ weeks. We will see. Still not overly impressed to be honest, even if there were no heat, noise issues.The newest Cat 10.3a "preview" drivers were used. Those basically implement changes above and beyond the 10.3 WHQL ones that are available right now. In addition, we used the 10.3 Profile 1.0 which implemented additional improvements.
As for a supposed 20-30% increase in DIRT 2 this late in the game for ATI (the game was a HD 5000 series launch title), doesn't smell good to me. Usually you will see improvements in game performance soon after a product is released. On the other hand, my experience with both NVIDIA and ATI is that when massive increases in gaming performance are done after so much time, image quality is usually adversely affected.
Just what I predicted ealier. I don't see the sense of pricing these new cards so much more than AMD ones. If Nvidia really wanted to put the hurt on AMD they would price these more competitively. I wonder if the reason they didnt do this is because these new cards cost too much to manufacture at the moment.
You sir are a retard and the only fail here.The most nv biased review on the web, grats.
You should be ashamed of yourself, look at what the respectable websites like anand, [H] and THG said. You'll always be minor league if you are in nvidia's pockets.
So your happy with your 5870....thats great,glad to hear it.I must imagine anyone who pre-orders a 480 on the back of a preliminary review is a company fan boy. ATI and NV love you all. Try to be a consumer. A 15% performance increase was expected. But yet, those who have been paying attention would know that ATI has been sitting back waiting for those release of these cards. And yet some ppl pre-order the Fermi on the basis of the initial reviews, which show an increase of approx 15% on Avg - a far cry from the technological coup that was claimed even w/o heat, noise issues. It actually = fail at this point b/c the ppl who pre-ordered did not wait for the response - from the company that is in the drivers seat here. Yes the response may be enough to beat the 480 or not. but they didn't wait to see it. They pre-ordered = smart. NV loves you!!!!!!!!! Followers! If in 1.5 months from now the 480 is on top, then I will get one. Until then, i will see what happens.
Don't forget skill actually counts in the game as well!! Oh, but get your pre-orders out now!