Topic Title: R9 290x - performance issues - workaround/semi solved - Post all fixes that worked for you. Should STICKY this.
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 10/25/2013 01:25 PM
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nutyboi
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So...

(Latest Update)

Found a workaround/semi fix.

I installed the latest gpu driver, uninstalled ccc (NOT express uninstall) and then installed the drivers from the saphire cd, I also had to restart my pc for this to work.
 I can play all games, it's still abit dodgy cos it still crashes occasionally, but for the most part everything works well. Still have fps issues with Rome 2, but I'm sure that everything will be fixed with stable drivers.

Conclusion : My card is not faulty. gpu-z, pc wizard, amd overdrive, saphire trixx all need to be updated. Most games are playable, battlefield 3 maxed out ran like a charm so no problems there either.

I hope this thread helps anyone who is having similar problems. If you have other workarounds which worked for you, please post them below together with your specs & all steps taken.

If you have no clue about this, sharing this post will always  help.

Oh, and amd support never contacted me back. I guess they're busy making drivers which work.. or at least I hope they are..

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First I tried installing the drivers via amd website, but they weren't fully installing, I had a lot of missing features...
I tried reinstalling drivers, driver sweeper..
I can't figure out why this is happening.

And it's really frustrating tbh.

AMD saphire R9 290x

catalyst 13.11 beta

w 8.1 (64 bit)

symptoms : see link (very low fps, crashes, barely able to play anything because all games are crashing on launch. Managed to play Rome 2 but the framerate was a disaster.)

Mobo : Asus crosshair v-formula with latest bios : Crosshair V Formula BIOS 1703

silverstone sst-st85f-p (850w)

Samsung bx2350 & acer s240hl

Amd fx-8150 @ 4.8 ghz

corsair vengeance 8gb ddr3 @ 1600mhz

ocz vertex 4 ssd 256 gb

Any help please? For some reason all the people who make reviews had good drivers, or maybe it's just my pc..




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AMD fx-8150
AMD Saphire R9 290x
2x Corsair Vengeance 4gb ddr3 @1600 (8 total)
OCZ Vertex 4 ssd - 256gb
silverstone sst-st85f-p (850w)
Samsung bx2350 & acer s240hl
Cooler Master HAF 932


 


 



Edited: 10/27/2013 at 11:57 AM by nutyboi
 10/25/2013 01:32 PM
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Maybe...after you furnish the info asked for in 'PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING"

 



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 10/25/2013 04:42 PM
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What about the drivers on the CD that came with the card?

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 10/26/2013 01:59 AM
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Originally posted by: black_zion What about the drivers on the CD that came with the card?

Tried those, they worked, but my pc is still reading 384 stream processors.. and underperforming like hell :/

EDIT : just installed the latest beta6 drivers... still the same

Update : Whenever I try launch a game, both screens go black and sometimes flicker with the desktop, nothing works and I have to restart eventually...

Update 2 : Installed pc wizard to see if maybe it's just gpu-z. The program is freezing at 35% system analyzing so I can't see anything.
Now my gpu is constantly at 100%, 1000mhz & 1250mhz..

The solution seems to be getting further away, if there is any....
I'll just keep posting updates as if it matters..

Update 3 : Did a system restore (also contacted amd support)
changed pcie slot, Uninstall all amd drivers again, driver sweeper, installed 13.11 betav6 - managed to play dota2 full gfx with no problems.
Installed bf3, tried to play but it just quits on its own.

Process:

-Launch bf3 (singleplayer)

-monitors go black

-a bit of random flickering with the desktop

-desktop appears and game closes.
- something worth mentioning : my gfx card is always at 100% usage for some reason, even when idle :S

See video : http://youtu.be/RhOo9h5g2ug

Update 4 :

Gpu-z screenie..
my 290x is always at 100% usage + crashes before I can see the launch menu of most games (except for dota2, managed to play it with no problems)
Rome 2 quits when I try to play a custom game or anything further than the main menu..
If the game happens to work, it takes about 3 minutes for the menu to come up. These 3 minutes include random flickering and I'm unable to use my pc in this time (ctl+alt+del eventually works but takes very long.)
I have the latest 13.11 beta v6 drivers..

Update 5 :

I installed the latest driver, uninstalled ccc & installed the saphire drivers from the cd and it worked. I ran bf3 very easily on full graphics with no problems.

BUT, when I quit bf3, my activity remained at 100% and now I'm back to the same problems as before..


I've concluded that gpu-z does not represent good numbers and is unreliable for now.

Need to find a solution for this 100% usage as I have to restart my pc every time I quit a game.



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Asus crosshair v-formula
AMD fx-8150
AMD Saphire R9 290x
2x Corsair Vengeance 4gb ddr3 @1600 (8 total)
OCZ Vertex 4 ssd - 256gb
silverstone sst-st85f-p (850w)
Samsung bx2350 & acer s240hl
Cooler Master HAF 932


 


 



Edited: 10/27/2013 at 12:38 PM by nutyboi
 10/26/2013 05:05 PM
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It sounds like you've done a fair aount of troubleshooting already and I can't really suggest many other options in that regard.  I will say that my 2 cards (I have 2 Sapphire 290x's in Crossfire) both read 384 shader units in GPU-Z like yours does, but I expect that GPU-Z needs to release a new version of their software to properly read the cards.  It's brand new GPU architecture.  I expect the rest is just drivers.  AMD is horrible with their driver support for new products.  I am hoping that within a month or so things will have improved significantly.



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