Topic Title: CrossFireX is breaking multiple games
Topic Summary: Radeon HD 7870 XFire'd with HD 7850
Created On: 03/30/2013 06:52 PM
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 03/30/2013 06:52 PM
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CrossFire is breaking a number of games I play visually. I observe artifacting in Starcraft 2, microstuttering in L4D2 and dead frames during Max Payne 3's cinematics. When I disable CrossFire, these problems all go away.


All of the prerequisite system info is below:

Graphics Card
- Primary:
XFXAMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2 Mini Display Port PCI-Express Video Card FX787ACNFC

- Secondary: XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

AMD Catalyst Driver Version, and Driver History
- Current: 13.3 Beta March 19, 2013 (DxDiag reads Version
- Tried: 13.1 January 17, 2013
Operating System
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1

Issue Details
Games Affected:
Max Payne 3: Max Payne 3 has a cinematic style where the cinematics play in one portion of the screen and the other portion is supposed to be all black. When CrossFireX is enabled, a frame from earlier in the level is frozen in those spaces and does not move until gameplay resumes after the cinematic and a frame takes up the whole screen again.

Left 4 Dead 2: Framerate is not consistent and microstuttering is extremely prevalent with all settings maxed out. With CrossFireX disabled, framerate is capped at a smooth 60 FPS and no microstuttering is observed.

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm: Artifacting is noticed on the map terrain during a game. Parts of the map will flicker to the color back and then back to the texture they were originally.

Motherboard or System Make & Model

Power Supply

COUGAR CMX 1000 COUGAR-1000CMX 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE

Display Device(s) and Connection(s) Used
- ASUS LCD Monitor

Applications and Games

- All games are patched to their latest version

CPU Details
AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

Motherboard BIOS Version
- Latest

System Memory Type & Amount
G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10Q-32GAOO

Additional Hardware
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD500KW 2.5" 500GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD

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- None

 03/30/2013 07:02 PM
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Every driver download page has a REPORT FORM to send AMD your issues with that does no good to post technical issues on a peer-to-peer gaming engineers or anybody else who can study/fix a driver. Look on the right hand side of the driver download page

Remember, this is a report form. Not a personal dialog...don't hold your breath waiting for some reply. If enough people report the same issue, and that issue is reproducible, then it will be addressed.


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 03/30/2013 08:01 PM
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Well thanks for the link but this seems to be a multiple driver-version issue. I was hoping someone could help me rule out this being a hardware issue. I did submit that form anyway though.

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