I paid the princely sum of £309.46 for this 5970 card. That includes a f
king customs charge of £25.37. Delivered today. I have a ragamuffin rig with three 5970's and a well-to-do rig with so far only one working 5970, but room for three more.
When I put the new card into my fancy rig with the fancy mobo and fancy psu, the fans spin for a fraction of a second before everything goes dead. If I switch off the PSU for a while, then try again, same thing happens.
So I thought I'd swap out a card from my other rig, the one from the wrong sort of neighbourhood. I put this new 5970 in there, and switch on. Hey, it keeps going! Nothing's cutting out. That sounds promising, yes?
Well I instantly realised I'd better keep my nose on red alert, and sure enough, a few seconds later, the pungent smell of burning plastic. Yanked the power cord out sharpish and no mistake. Examining the 16x-16x riser cable shows that the pins supplying +3.3V, all of them and only them, look and smell burny. Better not use that cable again.
I don't mind about the cable, it was cheap and I have more... but what exactly is wrong with the card, and is it something I could fix with the loan of someone else's brain?
ETA: should add that with a mug of hot cocoa and some soothing trance music, both rigs have recovered fully from their abuse.