Sorry, I had a 4870x2 from Ati and recently I went to Nvidia because their drivers are a lot better than that Ati crap.
I run both Linux and Windows, Ati's linux drivers are real sh*t compared to how painless Nvidia's is. Never mind the OpenGL bugs that Ati has. For instance, I can't run Starcraft 2, EVE online without having real troubles with glitches.
When I run those games them on linux with a Nvidia card, it just works. No workarounds needed to get it "working".
Recently I tried to update my Windows 7 x64 Ulti to the newer Catalyst 10.7 drivers, and guess what. After they got installed the only thing Windows would do is give me a nice Blue Screen on boot. Even the restore options wouldn't give a help.
It was a clear quick decision to run to the hardware store around the corner and get me a Nvidia card. Never looked back on my troubles with the crap quality of Ati cards again! (Been 4 years Ati enthousiast!)
I got a GTX 285 a while back but ended up taking the damned thing back because I couldn't make it work right with HDTV output. It would only output studio range RGB not full range and there was no option to change this in the drivers. For HDMI audio it required a cable (that the card did not come with) to be run from the spDIF output on my MB's sound output to the card. That cable is both hard to find and ridiculously overpriced.
No problem I thought, I'll just use my old DVI to HDMI cable and use analog audio.
Problem was that the card was still telling the HDTV that there was an audio signal over a cable that isn't capable of sending an audio signal
. Because the TV thought it was receiving an audio signal it would shut off the analog I/O (normal behavior for an most HDTVs) and so I could not use analog audio and DVI/HDMI on the TV with sound. I could use analog VGA but @#%^ that.
Looked it up on line and found out that it was a known issue with no work around.
Also the framerate on FFXI with this card was terrible, which was the final nail in it's coffin for me. So I took the damned thing back and got a 5850, which worked perfectly and did exactly what I wanted it to do with my HDTV. Edited, Aug 27th 2010 5:13am by Lobivopis