AMD FX-4170 @ 4.3Ghz
Asus M5A97 mobo
Antec 1000w PSU
8Gb G.Skill Ram
Sapphire HD 7870 (O.C Edition)
500Gb HDD (WD)
Now, I'm getting artifacts, screen flashes, hickups, and once in a great while total lockup/freeze(to which I have to Hard reset). At first, I thought it was the card, so I RMA it and got a new one. Turns out, it wasn't the card seeing as the new card has same problems. No, I don't believe in underclocking the card when the issues (from what I have read) are well know with people who have the 7870 cards.
Games Like Skyrim, for one, will have many artifacts and even screen flashes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbtzLObQr8o). Now, I have rolled back to even 12.4 and the problem is still there. Same thing goes when playing FPS games like BF3, and Tribes. Now, speaking of Tribes, the game will not only Artifact, but give me a black screen, then minutes later, a complete system freeze. Guild Wars 2 will have some Artifacts, Screen flashes and super low FPS.
As for the Driver itself. I have been having real problems with 12.10 and the lates 12.11 beta. Currently, I use Beta 7.net works perfectly other than the problems in games. But, If I try to install (Clean or over write) the latest Beta or the 12.10 driver, a whole new mess starts.
First and foremost, the install will never be complete no matter what I do. It will come with an error (though won't say what though.) No, I don't have a screen shot of it, and I won't post one due to the fact that I really don't want to go through the hassle of doing anymore driver sweeping and clean installs again.
The problem with that come after install are as such:
Not being able to open Catalyst AT ALL. Not able to uninstall the driver without having to enter safty mode and doing a full sweep. Driver causing my games to lock up/crash.
It makes me sad because I'm a huge fanboy of AMD. And I keep looking at the Beta notes each time the beta comes out to see if these kind of issues are fixed. Is there any update (Soon or near future) that will fix these issues, or does anyone know of a temporary fix so I can play my games without any of these problems? The only one I have found was to turn Super Sampling on. That works, but takes a huge chunk of FPS out of every game I play, and I don;t want that. Any info, or updates about these issues will be of great help. Thank you.
tl;dr: AMD fix your stuff. I want to play my games for once.