Posted 21 November 2007 - 12:05 PM
Hello everyone. I just received my new AMD/ATI 3870 yesterday and have it all rigged up and ready to go. I am quite impressed by certain aspects of the card and concerned about others. I hope you all can help me address my concerns.
First let me just say the positive things about the card. It seemed rather easy to fit into my case (a Cooler Master Cavalier 3) by just shifting a few wires around and getting it into the slot. Second, the temps of all my components according to the program Sensorsview that I use are 1-2C cooler than before I upgraded the card. I think it has something to do with this huge fan helping to push all the hot air out the side vent.
So on to my concerns... I ran 3DMark a couple of days ago to get the score on my system with the old video card in and wanted to compare it with the new card. So once I had fired up XP with drivers installed, I tried to run 3DMark but it froze. Tried it several times, even after a reboot, it kept freezing. I then downloaded and installed ATITool to monitor the GPU temps and that keeps freezing as well. I have played BF2 and TF2 and it works just fine. Also I noticed in device manager, there is a driver issue with a "PCI device" yet under the display adapter, the video card is shown there with no driver issues. It's weird... I am running XP SP2 with the specs of the system below. Any help would be appreciated.