Slight artifacts start appearing during the Windows logo screen immediately after BIOS screen and before Windows login screen. This means artifacts start appearing even before the ATI drivers have been loaded. This card appears new and has no physical damage whatsoever. Gameplay during PES 4 only have un-noticeable artifacts but thick vertical alternate lines show up during NFSU2. Other than the artifacts, this 9700 Pro seems to work perfectly. Memory is Samsung 2.86ns but artifacts are present regardless of what GPU core and memory speed I set (i.e. lower than the default 325/310). The BIOS is a stock BIOS (I've checked against ATI website) and the card has not been modified in any way. Is this a memory, GPU core or other problem? Can it be repaired? Thanks in advance!