XFX BLACK DD RADEON 7870 1050M 2GB D5 2XmDP HDMI 2XDVI
Stock clocks (Black Editions are factory overclocked I believe)– no aftermarket overclocking has ever been attempted, brand new unit in service about month
AMD Catalyst Driver Version and Driver History
Catalyst Software Suite 13.1 – fresh Windows installation, no other brand of card used or any other version of the Catalyst software used
Windows 7 Pro Service Pack 1 64-bit
The problem occurred during the initial system setup which was Windows 8. Due to numerous non-related issues the system was wiped and Windows 7 was used.
Strange artifacts occur during normal non-gaming use. The artifacts in some cases are ‘chunks’ of windows that are on one monitor and being sent to the other. This can be viewed here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/595cy7r5s1qv8p3/KIGYATCx7U?lst#f:IMG_0992.MOV
The anomaly occurs most frequently around the outside edges of windowed applications but does alter the task bar at times. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/595cy7r5s1qv8p3/KIGYATCx7U?lst#f:IMG_0982.JPG
I do not believe heat is an issue as GPUz is showing the card at around 54-55?C which is the card’s idle temp. If you watch this video you can see an actual photo of the interior of my case and see the layout.
Linked below is a list of numerous photos and videos (including those linked above) that further demonstrate the issue. In many of them I have GPUz open and running which shows that the card is not overheating or overclocked.
I cannot replicate the issue on my own. The displays just seem to start acting up on their own. The problem also doesn’t seem to occur while playing Tomb Raider or BioShock Infinite (the only games I have on the machine.)
Motherboard or System Make & Model
Asus P9X79 Pro – brand new board in service about a month
Corsair AX860i –Brand new unit, in service about a month
Display Device(s) and Connection(s) Used
Running dual Asus PA248Q monitors – brand new in service about a month
Both monitors are currently using DVI cables that were included with the monitors. DisplayPort cables on order.
Applications and Games
The issue is not specific to a single application. In fact the issue does not appear to effect applications.
Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Processor (12M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
No overclocking has being done
Motherboard BIOS Version
System Memory Type & Amount
Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual (Quad) Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
No overclocking here either. The motherboard is set to use XMP.
Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD – OS/boot drive, in service about a month
Kingston HyperX 90GB 2.5" SSD – scratch disk/temp file/pagefile drive, in service about a month but it appears that Kingston no longer lists the 90GB drives on their site.
Pioneer BDR-2208 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer – in service about a month
Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case
Fractal Design Silent Series R2 140mm case fans (came with the case) – two of them in exhaust formation at the top of the computer case.
Corsair Hydro Series H100i CPU Cooler – radiator is mounted in the front of the case pulling ambient air from outside the case and pushing through the radiator to the inside of the case
Memtest86+ was run on the system memory for 6.5 hours uninterrupted and found zero errors.
The computer case is designed with a filtered intake on the bottom of the case. This allows ambient air to be drawn into the case at the bottom while the fans mounted in the top of the case assist in venting the heat.
Reboots do seem to clear the issue at least short term.
Power save settings are set to Always On with the exception of the monitors which are set to turn off after 20 minutes.