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7870: black screen and fans at full speed

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  1. Terepin

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    I have no idea why is this happening. During playing a game it tends randomly to crash: screen turns black and fans starts running at full speed. It's game and OS independent, OC, stock or UC. In fact I can't find any issue that is causing it.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    what about benchmarking? any other reason to believe the cards are faulty? if it is truly os, oc and software independent than unfortunately what's left is the cards themselves. I would put the exact make and model so people with the same card can offer input.
     
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    What game?
     
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    MSI R7870 TwinFrozr III 2GD5/OC

    Any game: Dead Space, BioShock Infinite, Left 4 Dead 2...
     
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    You think it's in RAM?
     
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    Heres a few things you might like to try....

    Since that is an OC model. use afterburner and drop the clocks by about 25-50mhz and see if that makes any difference.

    Sometimes partners like to release hardware thats been overclocked but not tested stable at them speeds - XFX does this quite a lot.

    If theres no change after this then see if you can find a spare PSU to test your PC as that could also be suspect.

    the Issue can also be PC memory related so run a few rounds of memtest if you can.

    Ive had problems where I get random black screens in BC2 but i fixed the issue by directing some airflow at my ram.
     
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    I said UC didn't make a difference.

    Also tried different PSU with no avail.

    I let Memtest running for about 14 hours. That should be enough.
     
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    then make it clear next time rather then waste peoples time so they can focus on things you havent tried then things you have.

    Help us to help you...

    Do make sure you give my downclock suggestion a go. It could be the card itself which is unstable
     
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    I can say the same thing:
    I wrote it is game independent, yet I was asked in which games it's happening.
    I wrote OC, stock and UC didn't make difference, yet you asked me to do UC.
    I have my complete HW specs in my profile, yet I was asked which graphics card I have.

    In other words almost everyone asked to give information I already stated in my original post. How is that suppose to help anybody?
     
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    ALright, my bad. I saw UC and didnt realise it meant Underclock.

    Have you tried a different graphics card in your system?

    maybe even do a clean driver re-install using a program called Driver Fusion (aka driver sweeper)
     
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    Unfortunately I don't, but I should have my shiny new 7970 next week, so I'll try it. Will do the sweep in Friday.
     
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    Have not heard of MSI 7870s having any such issue.
    Have you tried different drivers?

    I had stability issues with 13.1WHQL & 13.2 betas.
     
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    it sounds like a driver crash to me to.

    check for vga bios updates incase its that and test other drivers.
     
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    fair enough, specifically though I meant you should put it in your title. the more detail you offer the more likely someone with the answer will look.
     
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    Write me PM as we share the same country.
     
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    I have the same problem but only when i use a certain 7870 at the top when i use crossfire, if i swap the cards around the crashing stops, weird!!

    But my cards run crazy hot at almost 100c so im in contact with HIS at this stage to get something sorted.

    What did you end up doing to fix the issue?
     
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    So I wiped 13.3 B3 and installed 13.1. Lets see if it was really driver's issue.
     
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    Update?
    You probably already checked but temps are fine while load?
     
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    Define "fine". Temps depend on which game I'm playing. Considering that in crashed several times even during L4D2, temps obviously aren't the issue.
     
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    Below 90C° especially VRM temps and L4D2 well it does put quite a load on your GPU when maxed out even on a 7870.
     
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    It doesn't on mine. I can't even reach 60 with it.
     
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    Your lucky there with temps, mine are hitting 97c :(
     
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    Did the change of driver help? And your temps are pretty fine so far.
     
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    I will have to play games for hours. I'll now later today.
     

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