Topic Title: Sapphire Radeon R9 280x Dual-X OC 3GB - Issues with some games
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 07/03/2014 01:26 PM
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SeiKun
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Hey,

I've been having issues with this card since I bought it. I've seen lots of people having the same problem but none found a solution. The problem is, when I play certain games, after 10 minutes or so the game freezes on one frame for three to five seconds and then goes black. The sound continues and the black screen starts to flicker for a few seconds and the game then recovers. Same thing happens over and over again until it displays: 'AMD driver has stopped responding and successfully recovered' and the games crashes without error messages. I can, however play lots of games perfectly like Borderlands 2, Battlefield 3 & 4, Minecraft, Terraria, Super Hexagon, Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 and so on... At first I thought it was overheating but I used four different monitoring programs while playing the games and they never made my GPU exceed 75 degrees Celsius and all softwares displayed the same temperatures. I've tried over 10 different GPU driver versions some dating one year back and it does not matter. A game with another problem is Skyrim where artifacts appear from time to time. Sometimes the entire area loaded looks like a living rainbow. Here's an image example:

http://cdn.overclock.net/c/c4/c4c94054_DF76880F8B8081F290DAB6024DD7C680F8C89E7F.jpeg

 

An overview of things I've tried:

- Re-installing Windows 7

- Updating GPU drivers

- Re-installing the games

- Microsoft's Fix-It for various suspected issues

- Removing the overclock on the CPU and GPU

- Swapping PCI slot

- Checked loose wiring

 

Problematic games:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 & 2 (I've seen thousands of people having issues with MW3 and Ghosts with this card as well)

TES V: Skyrim

State of Decay

 

Nothing is overclocked. I've disabled overclocking since people have reported issues with it but it didn't solve my problem.

Specs:

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz SOcket AM3+ (Corsair Hydro H80i cooler)

GPU: Sapphire Radeon R9 280x Dual-X OC 3GB
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4x4GB DDR3 1333 MHz
PSU: Aerocool Templarius Imperator 1150W
Mobo: ASUS M5A97 R2.0
HDD:  Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB | 64MB
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128 128GB

 07/03/2014 02:22 PM
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What are your CCC overdrive settings (assuming it is enabled) ?



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gigabyte X58A-UD3R rev.2, core i7 975 3.9ghz (stock voltage), windows 8.1 64-bit, corsair 12gb DDR3 1600mhz 7-7-7-20 RAM, xfx HD 5970 + gigabyte HD 5970 (950mhz/ 1100mhz), coolermaster ultimate 900w PSU.
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 07/03/2014 03:25 PM
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SeiKun
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It's disabled.

 

http://i.imgur.com/nws9k4X.png

 07/03/2014 03:36 PM
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1. Enable it.

2. raise power limit to 20%

3. enable manual fan speed to 50-80% before launching a demanding game (speed varies depending the game, i.e Crysis3=80% rpm)

Leave the fan option disabled (automatic) when doing casual things like browsing.

 

Test some games again and post back.

Thanks.



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gigabyte X58A-UD3R rev.2, core i7 975 3.9ghz (stock voltage), windows 8.1 64-bit, corsair 12gb DDR3 1600mhz 7-7-7-20 RAM, xfx HD 5970 + gigabyte HD 5970 (950mhz/ 1100mhz), coolermaster ultimate 900w PSU.
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 07/03/2014 04:16 PM
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All right, I just did and ran Skyrim for five minutes and yet another black screen flicker. I have no mods installed.

 07/03/2014 04:31 PM
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Is your CPU, system RAM, PSU stable ? If unsure, start making some tests.

Have you installed all necessary x86/ x64 redistributable, patches, physx, etc. ?

Try disabling ULPS.

Have you clean installed drivers as described here ?

Is windows up to date (with optional updates as well) ?

Are your HDDs in good condition ?

Does SSD have the latest firmware ?

PSU +12v rail value ?

 

My point is, if you are absolutely sure that no other component/ driver is outdated or has issues, then you can isolate the issue to bad amd drivers, or to a faulty gpu.

If you have the luxury to test that card on another stable computer, or to try a different card with your computer, then you will have a better idea.

 

If you want to spare all the fuss, then rma the card and test the new one.



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 07/12/2014 01:56 AM
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SeiKun
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I am not sure whether one or more are faulty or not but I ran the game 'Unturned' recently and really pushed the rig. My room got very hot very fast so it's fully capable of running high demanding games for extended periods so I'm sort of not leaning towards that.

I believe so. 

Disabled UPLS and ran Skyrim. Still happening *sigh* Minor artifacts occuring as well. Big ones only rarely happen.

Yep, I've done that over 10 times unfortunately. Completely removed everything.

Windows is up to date with all updates except for lang

My HDD and SSD are less than a year old and the SSD firmware is up to date.

I will soon have the opportunity to try my card on another AMD based rig (it's running 290x smoothly with Skyrim modded like you won't believe). I'll return with results. Though, since windows shows that the GPU driver fails, it's either the driver itself, the GPU or the PSU supplying power to it (though, in my head, it doesn't make any sense). If the card fails on the other rig, it's obviously a faulty GPU.

EDIT: For you to have an idea of how bad it is, here's an example of what sometimes happens: http://i.imgur.com/7vMNBVn.jpg

 07/12/2014 06:00 PM
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UPDATE!

 

I discovered something interesting while fiddling with my computer. I don't think there's something wrong with my hardware. When I ran Skyrim just now I had no artifacts. It ran smoothly like it always does. That is until the black flicker appeared and when it returned to normal all hell broke loose. Stretched models all over the place. I think Windows does something to my card when the flicker appears since I also get strange artifacts in Chrome and other software AFTER the flicker has occured and I shut down the game. If I disable my graphics driver and reactivate it -- it's all back to normal. This makes sense since I can run many games flawlessly. Now the question is, what causes the flicker...?

 07/27/2014 02:43 PM
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I am having the exact same frame tearing and foreign objects in:

Skyrim

State of Decay

Bioshock Infinate

But when I am playing Assassins Creed 4, Boarderlands 2, NFS Rivals or some other visual games, I have no problem with them whatsoever. I am running the same Sapphire Radeon R9 280x Dual-X OC 3GB card and it is a new system as well. I have done everything i can think of to get rid of it but to no avail.

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