Win An ATI Radeon 4870 Video Card!

Get your questions in for the SkinCast!

Monday, August 4, 2008 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

Although we had to take another break from the WinCustomize SkinCast last week, this week we are returning and will have a special guest, along with some huge prizes we are giving away.  For an upcoming episode of SkinCast, we will be talking with Darren McPhee, the Sr. Marketing Manager in Gaming for AMD.  We will be discussing several topics with Darren including AMD/ATI products, graphics, gaming, and much more.

We will also be taking user-submitted questions from the community for this episode, and the top three questions selected will win a prize.  We will select three of our favorite questions, and the users who submitted these questions will win one of the following:

  1. Grand Prize Favorite - ATI Radeon 4870 512mb video card courtesy of AMD/ATI. 

  2. Second Favorite - Copy of Demigod, when released and beta access.

  3. Third Favorite -   Copy of Sins of a Solar Empire.

User submitted questions must be submitted as comments in this thread only, no other means will be accepted.  Questions can be related to ATI/AMD, skinning, Vista, technology, gaming, etc.  The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm EST, Wednesday, August 13th 2008.  Good luck and get those questions in!

*Employees, family, direct friends of Stardock, AMD/ATI, GPG, IC can ask questions, but are not eligible for prizes. 


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Reply #1 Monday, August 4, 2008 10:53 AM
How far off into the future will single core processors be usable? Are we heading to a point where dual or quad cores will be a necessity,rather than a selling point?
Reply #2 Monday, August 4, 2008 11:00 AM
My XP box is a small form factor with on-board video, sound and network. It's also straight USB. Being that none of the on-board perpherals are upgradeable my question is, are there any plans in the near future for a high-end external USB video card? Thanks! Cp   
Reply #3 Monday, August 4, 2008 11:12 AM
What's in store for the future of ATI? Could you give us a little insight into any new technology you are working on to get a leg up on the market? What technology do you feel will be the future's standard?
Reply #4 Monday, August 4, 2008 11:18 AM
In the future, do you feel the superior graphics card would be (a) one with superior graphics/computing performance at the expense of higher power usage or ( one with lower power usage at the expense of lower graphics/computing performance? How important do you feel power efficiency will be in the design of next generation graphics cards?
Reply #5 Monday, August 4, 2008 11:19 AM
Ask him when they plan to fix the heat issues with the 4850s & 4870s. Having my Video Card operating at 80C is not good for the other components in my case. Ask him if ATI might think about developing a Fan utility and temp monitoring program so that OCers can EASILY modify the fan speeds on the cards.
Reply #6 Monday, August 4, 2008 11:21 AM
How has the partnership of ATI/AMD helped the graphics cards technology? It is my understanding that AMD bought ATI to help improve games with AMD processors, but I've heard nothing of any benefits to the ATI graphics cards. Has the merger been used to give us better processors for ATI video cards or improve them any other way, or has it been just to improve AMD processors?
Reply #7 Monday, August 4, 2008 11:22 AM
This is a "Horse or Cart" question.

When you go about updateing or designing a new video card what approach do you take, (a) Okay community have a new card here with alot of new features come on and write software/prgrams to use it or ( Okay community we have enhanced and updated the features on our new cards to blow the doors off your user experience.

In other words, do you build to the community or try to lead the community?
Reply #8 Monday, August 4, 2008 11:25 AM
With the recent release of the Radeon 4800 series of graphics cards, AMD appears to be continuing following its new strategy of putting its main focus on the mid-range market (which is the one most gamers aim for), with a big focus on creating cards with great cost-to-performance ratios. How effective has this strategy been working for AMD? In addition, is it more efficient overall to create a killer mid-range card that can be slightly tweaked to also cater to the other markets (eg- the GDDR5 memory on the HD4870 or the raw power of the HD4870X2)?
Reply #9 Monday, August 4, 2008 11:28 AM
I do like robot AI competitions, be it the "dogs soccer league", "sort the stuff in the correct shelves" or "drive a hummer through a desert without losing more than 1 wheel", back when I was a small child I also liked the match "Deep Blue vs Kasparow". My absolute favourite games are real time strategy games and I find it very sad that the AIs in this games are all rather poor; so my question is why doesn't a chip manufacturer or a game developer/publisher or some other sponsor host an AI vs AI tournament series where people can submit their own selfwritten AIs for a certain game (be it Starcraft or Supreme Commander or Sins of Solar Empire) and funds a humble prize money to encourage the developing of truly awesome AIs for RTS?
Reply #10 Monday, August 4, 2008 11:30 AM

Here's a tip:

Be as specific and directed in your questions as possible.  Vague questions like "When are they going to fix the card?"  or "What's next?"  are pretty open-ended and hard to answer.  Part of what we're looking for in questions is not just the topic, but also in how it's formed.  A good question can get a lot of great information in an interview.  We want questions to spark discussion and keep things interesting.

Reply #11 Monday, August 4, 2008 11:33 AM
Update:  We had the dates wrong initially on the main post.  The deadline is NEXT wednesday (Aug 13th).
Reply #12 Monday, August 4, 2008 12:01 PM
When buying a graphics card, is there a balance to achieve between the computer and the card? For example does the processor speed, system cache, RAM etc. form part of the purchasing decision and in what way? In other words, can you spend a lot of money on a card and not be using its full potential due to system limitations? Thanks.
Reply #13 Monday, August 4, 2008 12:20 PM
My question is this: As powerful as these cards are for gaming , is there any way we could use this technology to apply to things like the system UI. Could you use the capabilities to extend things like windows theming beyond just 'Aero'?
Reply #14 Monday, August 4, 2008 12:21 PM
Ask him when they plan to fix the heat issues with the 4850s & 4870s. Having my Video Card operating at 80C is not good for the other components in my case. Ask him if ATI might think about developing a Fan utility and temp monitoring program so that OCers can EASILY modify the fan speeds on the cards.
Make a profile in the catalyst control center, say for example Lantec40. Enable ATI Overdrive, go to C:\Users\owner\AppData\Local\ATI\ACE\Profiles. Open up Lantec40 profile with notepad. Basically change the bold areas. 40 percent is not too loud. 70 percent sounds like a hoover. Mine is on 40 and decreases the temperature drastically For the better of course Make several profiles so u can easily change fanspeed. Property name="FanSpeedAlgorithm" value="Manual" / /Feature Feature name="FanSpeedRPMTarget_0" Property name="Want" value="0" / /Feature Feature name="FanSpeedPercentTarget_0" property name="Want" value="40" / Of course, you might already know this and im just writing this for no reason lol. Question for ATI/AMD: Are you looking into teaming up with more partners to sell your graphics cards. Such as perhaps BFG. Or another big Nvidia partner. I heard EVGA was interested in selling your cards. A major NVIDIA card seller like EVGA wanting to sell your cards would be quite a coup wouldnt it?
Reply #15 Monday, August 4, 2008 12:26 PM
My Question is basically simple and straight to the Point. How Much more can AMD/ATI add to the Computers or notebooks over the rest of there Competition out there? Or in other words. What Makes AMD/ATI more better than the rest?
Reply #16 Monday, August 4, 2008 12:26 PM
How the heck do you break up the message? I wanted paragraphs in there Hitting enter doesnt create a space for me (
Reply #17 Monday, August 4, 2008 12:39 PM
Wouldn't you agree the market is becoming "saturated "as we are seeing new technology being released every year (whilst folks tend to stick with their existing systems for much longer time ) and doesn't that pose the danger of developing technological superior hardware which becomes increasingly harder to sell ?
Reply #18 Monday, August 4, 2008 12:45 PM
Question: Not to sound cynical but... Do developers of new technology, such as your company sit on or hold back proven future technologies because you can release several versions of gradual improvement to the future technology?
Reply #19 Monday, August 4, 2008 1:07 PM
My question: When you guys design a card around some technology that's not out yet when you start creating the card, you are most likely using some form of beta or even alpha version of that technology or specification. How do you work with these technologies, which may change a lot during the design process, to get something that works well for the (possibly different in some low-level areas) final release?
Reply #20 Monday, August 4, 2008 1:25 PM
Why does the CATALYST Control Center require three (3) "CLI.EXE" files and a "PREVIEW.EXE" file ?

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