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Alright TPU detectives. I've been chatting with a couple folk trying to wrap my head around this shoot-storm of issues I've had since upgrading my 5850 to a 7950. Maybe the collective could lend some insight.

Problems:
-Occasionally required to re-install graphics drivers to restore system stability.
-Unigine Heaven 3.0 stuttering and sound popping.
-Terrible game performance.
-Multi-monitor for split desktop causing system instability.

Hardware:
i3 530 @ stock-4.0GHz
4GB GSkill 1600MHz 7-8-7-24
XFX DD 7950 3GB (12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5 beta all tested same results)
Gigabyte UD3-R P55
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650GB Main Drive with a fresh W7 64bit install
1-6 x Dell U222H (all configs except for 1 monitor unstable)
Cyber Power Conditioner/PSU 700W Max load

Let me know if there's anything more I can tell you.
 
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Did you run driver sweeper/ rid yourself of ghosted hardware and try everything at stock speeds?

EDIT: Is your fresh install of W7 with SP1?
 

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Latest W7, after having problems with my old W7 install I wiped, updated everything except for the GPU and then installed the GPU drivers mentioned in OP. Used ATiman uninstaller to swap different drivers.
 
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Are you getting your sound from your GFX or separate audio interface?
 

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sound is from my onboard realtek
 
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Doesn't sound good for your card...
You installed all your mobo drivers and W7 is W7 sp1.....and you didn't have this problem with the other GFX....I dunno
 
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It appears like some Radeon 7xxx series cards have this issue I've seen some other posts cant remember which websites but have you considered returning the card and getting a replacement it could be that particular card, If possible go get another 7950 and see if it will still have the same issue.
 

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It appears like some Radeon 7xxx series cards have this issue I've seen some other posts cant remember which websites but have you considered returning the card and getting a replacement it could be that particular card, If possible go get another 7950 and see if it will still have the same issue.
That is a possibility, but like any customer who puts forth the cash for a high end card they'd like it to just work. If there was anything I was missing or some fix a fellow TPUer could suggest I'd feel better having asked than feeling salty and RMAing the device. At least I'm getting the idea this is uncommon.
 
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Have you tried the HD5850 after this issue appeared with the HD7950, try the HD5850 and see if it will produce the same problem,... so it could make it easy to rule out other components.
 
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I could say it's just your card that's defective, however I've encountered these issues with various AMD cards and Realtek audio. Replaced the Realtek with a sound card, issues gone. If you can get your hands on a sound card, give it a try.. Or possibly try using the sound onboard the 7950 via HDMI.
 

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have you tryed a custom install of the AMD drivers and not install the audio drivers ?
 

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have you tryed a custom install of the AMD drivers and not install the audio drivers ?
Yes and I fail to get results :(

::EDIT:: On the flip side I have gotten less instability by changing the voltage on the card. Making me think this is a weak chip or possibly a bad power controller.
 
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I could say it's just your card that's defective, however I've encountered these issues with various AMD cards and Realtek audio. Replaced the Realtek with a sound card, issues gone. If you can get your hands on a sound card, give it a try.. Or possibly try using the sound onboard the 7950 via HDMI.
I've had problems as well but the usual issue for me is the HDMI audio from the GFX not working upon boot up...i'd usually have to disable the onboard and reboot in order to get the HDMI working....I'd sometimes get a blue screen and a restart and then sometimes I'd get a failed to load AMD driver issue...

I had a very similar issue to this that involved a PCI to PCI bridge error from W7 installing it's own generic driver instead of the AMD driver (AMD 785 chipset) and that was easily fixed by installing the chipset driver and then reinstalling the GFX drivers...but since he did a fresh install of W7 and likely DL'd the latest chipset drivers for his mobo and then installed the latest GFX drivers I doubt that's the cause...
 

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have you tryed a custom install of the AMD drivers and not install the audio drivers ?
I was kinda thinking the same

Yes and I fail to get results :(

::EDIT:: On the flip side I have gotten less instability by changing the voltage on the card. Making me think this is a weak chip or possibly a bad power controller.
Maybe it's the codec's ?.. Maybe install a 3rd party set of them.
 

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I have crackling and popping sounds in some of my games because I set the audio to 48000hz, which is fixed by switching to 44100hz. (because I do music recording and I'm too lazy to switch between the two all the time so I leave it at 48000.)

Click the speaker icon in the taskbar, then the other speaker, then the advanced tab to check your sync rate is at 16bit/44100hz.

As an example, Skyrim is known to crash at rates other than 44100 and 48000.

Hope this helps. Good luck.
 

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have you ruled the PSU out of the question?

have you tried the card on a friend's system?
 

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have you ruled the PSU out of the question?

have you tried the card on a friend's system?
PSU was ruled out because my older cards work just fine. Like a GTX280 etc. I think the card is having power issues and has a weak core and weak memory. Just earlier today it was putting pink squares on the screen and they danced around. Put in another GFX card. No issue.
 

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It appears like some Radeon 7xxx series cards have this issue I've seen some other posts cant remember which websites but have you considered returning the card and getting a replacement it could be that particular card, If possible go get another 7950 and see if it will still have the same issue.
Pink Spots/Squares on Screen has been happening to Many GF users aswell, some suspect Java to be an Issue.
 
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On the flip side I have gotten less instability by changing the voltage on the card. Making me think this is a weak chip or possibly a bad power controller.
I think that may be it. I get pretty bad vdroop on my 7970, however I think I just have a really good GPU that can handle the low voltage. GPU-Z will read the actual voltage after vdroop.
 
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