Bear with me, this is a bit long.
I've got an XFX R9 280X that I originally bought a few weeks ago for my i7-920 box. I used it in the 920 box and it ran fine in plenty of games (BF3, BF4 Beta, Civ 5) with no issues.
I replaced my 920 box with a Haswell i7-4770 box this week. I transplanted the R9 280X and I've had nothing but major issues in both games and Windows since. I'm talking about crashes and freezes. Even plain old desktop usage can cause the display driver to crash. Fire Strike crashes. Civ 5 crashes. BF4 crashes. (When I say crash, the vast majority of these are image freezes but the game is still playing--I can hear the audio--or the game is still running but it drops to desktop and I can't bring anything back up. The crashes when web browsing are "display driver stops responding"-style crashes.)
So I started trying to troubleshoot the problem. Wiped out the partition and installed Windows 8.1 from scratch. I've tried all the 13.11 beta drivers. I've updated everything in my system, including the motherboard BIOS and chipset drivers. I've tried underclocking/overclocking. (For those wondering, the power supply is a new Corsair 750 watt model). And I don't believe it's a heat issue, as I'm running with the box on its side with the panel removed. But I've also run Sandra and Furmark and those appear to have no issues.
Then I pulled the R9 out and plugged in an old Nvidia GTX560, did a clean install, and had no issues whatsoever. Pulled out the Nvidia board, put the R9 back in, clean install, and it went back to crashing. For good measure, I repeated the process and put the Nvidia board back in, clean install, and once again rock solid.
So I put the R9 into my old 920 box again, clean install, and it's rock solid, no issues whatsoever. Which leads me to conclude the issue is with the drivers on my Haswell box.
Anyone else experiencing anything like this? Any ideas? It's really frustrating right now. I'm just hoping the Beta 9 drivers address this, or else I'm looking at cutting losses and buying an Nvidia board.
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