XFX Radeon HD 6870
AMD Catalyst Driver Version, and Driver History
Currently 12.8 but also ran 12.4 no difference between the 2 on the system
Windows Home Premium x64
I have a fairly fresh install of Windows 7 (< 1 month), because I found a good deal on a SSD I couldn’t pass up, and it has been running nice.
I mostly use this machine for working and as such used the on-board graphics card of the motherboard (GA-880GM-UD2H), however with the great reviews on Guild Wars 2 I figured I would get back into gaming and bought a XFX Radeon HD 6870 for the occasion. As my Thermaltake TR2-450 would not be sufficient for this FX card I swapped it with a TR2-500 I had on another machine.
I can play GW2 for hours at best quality and it works great ; no slugginess, stuttering or pixilation at all.
However if I start the machine and open up a browser I can within 5 min get 2-3 errors ("Display driver amdkmdap stopped responding and has successfully recovered."), and eventually the system will reboot. It is not limited to one browser and has also happened with Windows Live Mail, or even when opening the event viewer.
I have run both FurMark and 3DMark Vantage successfully so I know the card can handle high load, but it appears it doesn’t work on low load.
Motherboard or System Make & Model
Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H v1.3
Display Device(s) and Connection(s) Used
Applications and Games
Chrome(21.0.1180.89 m), IE(9.0.8112.16421), Windows Mail (16.4.3503.0728), eventviewer or even right at startup (no applications running)
AMD Athlon(tm) II X3 440 Processor, 3000 MHz, 3 Core(s), 3 L
Motherboard BIOS Version
Award Software International, Inc. F8 10/11/2010 (latest)
System Memory Type & Amount
Kingston Hyper X DDR3 16GB 1600
Corsair Force 3 SSD [Hard drive] (90.03 GB) -- drive 0 (boot)
ST3500418AS [Hard drive] (500.11 GB) -- drive 1
ST3250620A [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 2
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