I am not convinced that this is not an AMD driver issue for the R9 series cards.
I built my latest rig last November. Here are the specs:
Asus Maximus VI Gene motherboard
Intel Core I7 4770K
Silverstone Heligon cooler
16 GB Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 2133 MHz
2 Samsung 840 Evo-Series 1TB SSD's in RAID 1
Silverstone SG10 Case
Silverstone Gold 750 Watt Modular PSU
7 case fans not counting the cooler fan (6 static pressure intake, rear 120 outtake, 3 fans side panel on the GPU)
As I said I built this last November with an XFX Double D R9 280x GPU.
The XFX card worked the first 10 months with no issues. Just this last month the card started getting black screen crashes which required a hard reboot of the system to recover. Because these cards run hot and I built in such a small enclosure I have been super conscious of heat (hence the 7 fans.) I worried that I had exhausted the card through heat but was not convinced. I had researched builds similar to mine before building.
I went down to Fry's and got a brand new Asus R9 280x as a replacement. Put the new card into the system and it got the same black screen crashes. I deliberately tried the different manufacturer to rule out any possible issues with XFX cards.
At this point I have decided there is nothing wrong with my card so I returned the Asus R9 280x and got an Nvidia GTX 760 as a replacement. I figured that if this was an AMD driver issue it would go away by switching to Nvidia. If this was an issue with my system outside the driver then I would expect to see problems with the Nvidia card.
The result is that switching to the Nvidia card and drivers my black screen issues are gone and the system is running fine.
In my opinion there is something wrong with the AMD drivers. I got clued into this when I started googling black screen crashes on R9 280X cards. One of the top links was a youtube video of a guy with an R9 290x card getting precisely the same kind of black screen crashes I was getting.
There are too many reports out there of people describing these black screen crashes on the R9 series cards and they seem to affect all manufacturers so that's why I think the issue is with the AMD drivers.
edit to add: I have decided to give XFX card to my son. If he cannot get it to work with the latest drivers I have suggested he try an old driver.
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