They tested the card and it was flat out broke.
The old card was the 560MHz core and 1400MHz memory.
Since then they had a die revision that IIRC dropped the dies from .9nm to .8nm
I got the new one with the smaller die!
It runs at 650MHz core and 1600MHz DDR3 memory.
All my scores in 3Dmark 03 and 05 are about 200 points higher.
Thank You XFX!
You got a good deal then! Have fun with it!
How much better are your fps in games?
I've always liked XFX, they are a pretty good company i think.
Some have speculated that XFX is having lots of product failure lately, but I feel it's just an indication of how popular they've become. Every card manufacturer has to rely on part manufacturers and at some point when you get big the numbers on defects goes up noticably. I have never seen a case though where they don't prove themselves leaders in the industry when it comes to honoring their great warranty with unparalleled customer support.
Man, I love XFX, I've had an 7900 GS XXX edition for close to a year now, never had a problem with it. Even transitioned between computers like a pro, never give it up for anything, unless it might be an 8800 Ultra.