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Help! Can anyone tell me what the problem is? GPU? HD?

LGRamirez

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Good day to you all!
I just recently purchased a Sapphire 7870 OC Edition gpu to replace my 2x6870 crossfire gpus. After setting up the card (old drivers were uninstalled and wiped clean) and installing the latest CCC/ATI drivers I encountered this problem wherein my PC freezes whenever I play 3D games. A photo of the problem is attached. The problem occurs with several games (CODBO2, Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, Hitman Absolution, etc.) and at random, sometimes I'm 3 mins into a game and my PC freezes, sometimes an hour, and the most is after 2 hours playing a game. The screen goes green (sometimes orange or black) with white vertical lines. I can still hear the sounds of the game (it goes on), ctrl+alt+del, altF4, alt tab, and pressing the power button once does not work so I just reset my unit. I reformatted my PC cause that's what forums ultimately advise to fix the problem but it still happens.

- I tried stress testing my PC (default timings and clocks and also OCed) and the results are stable.
- Fur Mark results are stable.
- Catzilla, 3DMark 11, Lavasoft stress test, all yielded stabke results.
- my temps are fine ranging from 39C to 57C.

I did almost all that I can think of to determine the culprit but I can't. Just now I played Assassins Creed 3 and the problem showed itself once again.

My specs:
i5 @3.2ghz, MSI P55 GD85, 2x2GB Corsair 1333mhz DDR3, 4x WD Black 500GB, Sapphire 7870 OC Edition, Corsair TX750 watts, Asus optical drive.

I would really appreciate your help. Thank you!
 

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Good day to you all!
I just recently purchased a Sapphire 7870 OC Edition gpu to replace my 2x6870 crossfire gpus. After setting up the card (old drivers were uninstalled and wiped clean) and installing the latest CCC/ATI drivers I encountered this problem wherein my PC freezes whenever I play 3D games. A photo of the problem is attached. The problem occurs with several games (CODBO2, Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, Hitman Absolution, etc.) and at random, sometimes I'm 3 mins into a game and my PC freezes, sometimes an hour, and the most is after 2 hours playing a game. The screen goes green (sometimes orange or black) with white vertical lines. I can still hear the sounds of the game (it goes on), ctrl+alt+del, altF4, alt tab, and pressing the power button once does not work so I just reset my unit. I reformatted my PC cause that's what forums ultimately advise to fix the problem but it still happens.

- I tried stress testing my PC (default timings and clocks and also OCed) and the results are stable.
- Fur Mark results are stable.
- Catzilla, 3DMark 11, Lavasoft stress test, all yielded stabke results.
- my temps are fine ranging from 39C to 57C.

I did almost all that I can think of to determine the culprit but I can't. Just now I played Assassins Creed 3 and the problem showed itself once again.

My specs:
i5 @3.2ghz, MSI P55 GD85, 2x2GB Corsair 1333mhz DDR3, 4x WD Black 500GB, Sapphire 7870 OC Edition, Corsair TX750 watts, Asus optical drive.

I would really appreciate your help. Thank you!
Try downclocking the video card with MSI Afterburner or Sapphire Trixx and see if it still does it.
 
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I get that too if i go too high on my memory overclock, but it doesn't happen at stock speeds (1000/1200). FYI i have mine at 1260/1330.
 

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Do you have latest drivers ? There was a problem with some intel chipsets mostly effected pci-e 2.0 intel boards ( yep ,they are on cpu now :) ) fixed only with latest drivers .Total war shogun thread fyi http://forums.totalwar.com/showthre...s-and-lock-ups-solution-being-debugged-by-AMD

Edit : I found link to beta fix information http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst1211betadriver.aspx ''Resolves a sporadic system hang encountered with a single AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPU seen on X58 and X79 chipsets.''

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/radeonaiw_vista64.aspx This is link to 12.11 beta
 
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Why are ppl suggesting driver updates and such? Look at the screenshots, there is obviously a bad vram chip on that card. The problem only occurs when the video memory is nearly full and uses a bad ram sector (only gonna happen in full screen 3d, so furmark might work ok). The lines are a dead giveaway.
 
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I had exactly the same once and thought vram was corrupted as it displayed all the signs.
However, once I reseated the card in the Pcie slot I never had the issue again. If you haven't done so try that otherwise I would have to agree with Hellraiser, dodgy vram.
 

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Thank you all for your replies!

I've done all that most of you have suggested (downclocking, reseating, update and reinstall drivers, stress testing, etc.) and to no avail.:mad:

So I RMAed the unit. I also showed Sapphire the photo of the prob and they told me it's probably a faulty vram. The card was defective. Have to wait for a replacement. Thank you all again!

Kudos!
 

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Why are ppl suggesting driver updates and such? Look at the screenshots, there is obviously a bad vram chip on that card. The problem only occurs when the video memory is nearly full and uses a bad ram sector (only gonna happen in full screen 3d, so furmark might work ok). The lines are a dead giveaway.
Hmmm, I ran Furmark for 2 and a half hours with no hiccups. The problem only happened once I played 3D games. Plants vs Zombies went swell!:D

Thanks for this advise. You got it spot on!