This card is killing me. I have never had so many issues with a card. So far in the near 2 weeks of testing I havent done too much but:
DIRT- Updated to recent patch which helped prolong the problem but still, I play the game for a few races and at some stage the fps plummets (e.g. from its normal 50-75 area to 30-45 area). Only fixed by reloading the game as far as i can tell. Try disabling catalyst AI (which is meant to make it run one core) which was recommended but didnt help.
Bioshock- Questionable fps, its high, but not as high as I feel it should be compared to some reviews. Also suffers from a drop of fps if i die and reload *BAM!* goes my fps, also seen this issue happen after just playing the game a while. Again fixed by quiting game to desktop and reloading.
UT3- Crashes when i try to load a game.
(Added 05/09) Quake 4- Crashes when i try to load a game.
GRID demo- Poor fps regardless of drivers, around the 35-60 area and this is with 1920x1200 with 4xAA, let alone same Resolution with 8xAA which reviewers are managing around 100fps on average. This problem is with version 1.0 and 1.1. Also some drivers causes screen flickering (fixed with vsync), and latest 8.8 finals cause cars to flicker.
Furmark- Yep, i know its only a demo and not that important but still, runs fine with 8.5's, but fps halves with 8.8beta and finals.
Aquamark- Yep, another insignificant demo really but it runs very badly then just errors at end.
Just a random weird issue, when i first boot up core 1 seems to have temperatures that it gets when its loaded, whil'st core 2 is at idle temps. I have left it 5 mins and it still remains at these high temps. Fixes itself if i run a 3d program for 2 secs (e.g. run nature on 3dmark) and that seems to then allow it after to go to idle temps. This problem doesnt happen after that.
On the subject of temps, they are completely fine, everything in the case is cooled nicely from a cosmos S with 7 case fans. I have tried lowering my cpu/memory clocks but doesnt help any problems. The 3 sets of drivers all been tested (8.5, 8.8 beta, 8.8 finals), and problems still with all.
Some things seem to be working fine, 3dmarks do, Crysis does, Fear does, COD4 does. Not seen any issues with these so far, they all seem to run like the reviewers get them to run. This all just points to it all been card/driver issues.
Only thing that has changed in my system at the same time as the card was a psu. I swapped my Enermax 620w noisetaker and added Corsair HX 1000w.
Not had any of the above issues with my 8800GTX.
I need to do more testing and hope another driver or two comes out to test, but im seriously so far considering selling this thing already. Not much point of a £350 card that runs somethings for 5-15 mins and then gives me same fps my 8800gtx did(worth £100) and other programs it runs just plainly badly if at all (UT3).
What issues you guys having? Can anyone relate to any of my issues above? Anyone know how to fix anything? Its so frustrating having waited 20 months for a new card worth buying only for it to be inconsistent arse to run.
Can you please keep flaming out/to a minimum in regards to ATI/nvidia. Its not going to help the issues above so not needed.
EDIT: Forgot to include another random weird issue. With the 8.8 finals instaled strangily it will start up 3dmark06 on its own accord when i first turn it on. Its happened twice during the time i had them instaled, very weird.