Originally Posted by m739pd
Geez, all this drama over 1 single tech support dude who allegedly said he's "unsure" of the 9700 as opposed to the 15 or so tech support dudes/dudettes who have stated and still state that it's definitely a go. (Also because of some brand new guy's single post) I'd hate to have you guys in my resistance squad after the aliens take over!
The tech support whom I spoke with transferred me to his supervisor who insisted that it was not going to be available to people with mobo rev 2.0 or lower. For those who think that just because they are using the same sis648 mobo that it is all the same then ask those who couldn't use the speed of pc3200 RAM with their rev 1.0 mobo. So now that jamaster has spoke with a few people I went ahead and did the live chat deal and got a very interesting answer...see for yourself:
Ignacio Rodriguez-Trelles: Hi, my name is Ignacio Rodriguez-Trelles. How may I help you?
You: Hello...there is a lot of rumors and misinformation going around about the ATI 9700 card and its upgradeability. Can I upgrade to the ATI 9700?
Ignacio Rodriguez-Trelles: Yes, you can but we're currently out of stock.
You: I was told last night by a tech supervisor that my mobo rev 2.0 would not support the upgrade. Is there any truth to this?
Ignacio Rodriguez-Trelles: If you have one of the first motherboards, you might experience a problem with the card. You might have to flash the BIOS to fix it.
You: This is good news but I was told something completely different by a Manuel Roldan Question Reference #040622-000828 last night. Why is that?
You: I was informed by him and his supervisor that the 9700 is completely incompatible with my system
Ignacio Rodriguez-Trelles: It can run but it has been having incompatibilties. I wouldn't get the card until we clear that out.
You: and that no further research and development was being done on this matter and that my only option is the 5700
You: so is there work being done to clear this up and when do you think i should expect a resolution by (estimate)
Ignacio Rodriguez-Trelles: I don't have a deadline yet, but it should be relatively soon for a lot of people are looking forward to that upgrade.
You: yes and a lot of people will be extremely pissed if it doesn't happen
Do I know what all of this means? No...do I know that I was misinformed...probably and hopefully. Do I know that I have "boards" coming up? Yes. So, it was nice posting here again after my first hiatus, but alas I am off again and will probably check back in a couple of months...glad to see some familiar names still here albeit only a few...
PS: thanks AW for confusing and upsetting a lot of people!