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What is this TRIXX Witchery? 6950 1.5V

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So I'm playing around with my 6950 I have DCUII 6950 1GB.

I tried gaming at 910Mhz on stock volts and it led to driver crashes after a few hours so I figured 900Mhz is my limit and I need to up the voltage.

At the time I was using MSI AB and I can't change the voltage.. Even if I do check the "unlock voltage" box

So I unchecked a box in ASUS Smartdoctor which allows for extreme overclocking or something of the sorts, pretty much lets the core clock go to 1600Mhz or something and increase the max clocks for everything. ASUS SD also lets me change the voltage but I can't save profiles and I have to use the sliding bar, I can't just input the values I want.. This annoyed me so I went elsewhere.

Sapphire Trixx I had heard good things about and for the brief moments I had it open it looked perfect, I could mod voltage, set profiles save them, it just looked like AB but I could change the voltage, dream come true.

I then notice Trixx says my card is at 90 degrees... I thought to myself that was outrageous I was at 0% usage so I opened up AB and sure enough at 90 degrees celsius. At this point I thought a fan had failed, or both, so I opened my door and checked, both spinning. I open back up Trixx and see the core voltage set to 700 and something so I figured 1.1V is stock so its less than stock.. What the heck is going on?

At this point I'm freaking out because even under 100% fan I can't get it below 60 degrees celsius at 0% usage.

So I open up Asus smartdoctor to verify the voltage is correct (seeing as I can't even see voltage in AB). There it is, all the way to the right on 1.5V..

I shat brix and reset it to default clocks (which it should have already been on) and bam temps dropped 50 degrees down to 35-40 degrees celsius. I figured I had made a mistake and set it to 1.5V and tried closing them all down and opening Trixx again to finally get underway. As soon as I launch it my graphics card stopped outputting to my monitors and I'm pretty sure it shut itself down. So I booted in safe mode and uninstalled Trixx.

Now I stand before you with my essay. So guys, what. the. heck. Anyone heard of this occurring ever?
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Yes, happened to me on 5870s. It happens when multiple programs are monitoring the voltage of the card, it causes it to go crazy like that. Only run one utility at a time (for me it was AIDA64 and Afterburner conflicting) that monitors voltage.
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I had a similar issue with a 5850 and AMD GPU clock tool. GPU was at 1.4v for about five minutes without me knowing it, it did not survive.

Haven't had this particular issue with TRIXX, but it's alway prudent to keep an extremely close eye on voltages when trying new, or new versions of, OC tools. Even a couple minutes at stupid high voltages can wreck a card.
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Damn that's weird... I've been using trixx for about a year now and I've only had 1 minor problem....Maybe AB or Smartdoctor were interfering with it?
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Yeah I thought they maybe conflicted but AB doesn't even show me my voltage :S and I can't alter it..
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Yeah I thought they maybe conflicted but AB doesn't even show me my voltage :S and I can't alter it..
Just having it open could be the problem. I don't know exactly how it polls the video card, but it could be checking for voltage even if it isn't able to. In AB, click Settings and you will see "Unlock voltage monitoring" is right there. So even if it's not enabled, AB still might poll the card weird conflicting with another open software application like Trixx, SmartDoctor, GPU-Z or whatever else (GPU utilities). It's conflicting programs like I said. I don't know exactly the reason why, but it happens like that.

More info:

http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/949...l#post12501519

http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/648...ml#post8185230
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Yeah I thought they maybe conflicted but AB doesn't even show me my voltage :S and I can't alter it..
Try this;

Reset all tweaking softwares such as Afterburner, Trixx, Asus SD, etc and uninstall them one by one, select "no" when prompted to keep settings. Restart PC after every uninstallation completed.

Last, proceed to reset the CCC select "Restore Factory Default" then restart PC. This will reset all the profiles and registry set by all the tweaking apps you installed and is the easiest way, you can avoid doing this but have to edit the registry & profile which could be complicated and making mistake during the process editing other values.

Select "Express Install" latest WHQL Catalys 11.9 + CAP3 (CrossfireX) http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloa...n_win7-64.aspx

Decide what you want to install to override CCC, either Afterburner, Asus SD or Trixx, select one or it will be very confusing for the GPUs to take instructions from many bosses lol

Basically, you have to do all the above to run smooth afterward. Do not skip those steps. For example: if you want to use Afterburner, do not install prior to CCC driver package. Install CCC package then install Afterburner, else, whatever you set in Afterburner will be reset by CCC at every PC restart. This goes too for Asus SD, Trixx etc.
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Try this;

Reset all tweaking softwares such as Afterburner, Trixx, Asus SD, etc and uninstall them one by one, select "no" when prompted to keep settings. Restart PC after every uninstallation completed.

Last, proceed to reset the CCC select "Restore Factory Default" then restart PC. This will reset all the profiles and registry set by all the tweaking apps you installed and is the easiest way, you can avoid doing this but have to edit the registry & profile which could be complicated and making mistake during the process editing other values.

Select "Express Install" latest WHQL Catalys 11.9 + CAP3 (CrossfireX) http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloa...n_win7-64.aspx

Decide what you want to install to override CCC, either Afterburner, Asus SD or Trixx, select one or it will be very confusing for the GPUs to take instructions from many bosses lol

Basically, you have to do all the above to run smooth afterward. Do not skip those steps. For example: if you want to use Afterburner, do not install prior to CCC driver package. Install CCC package then install Afterburner, else, whatever you set in Afterburner will be reset by CCC at every PC restart. This goes too for Asus SD, Trixx etc.
Hey dude thanks for the info!

As for registry changing.. I don't feel confident at doing that, I've never had to muck around in the registry ever :/

So I'm going to:

- uninstall ASUS SD
- restart
- uninstall Trixx (well this is already done and restart but I'll make sure its all gone)
- restart
- uninstall AB
- restart

I have set the clocks to default already so that should be all okay right?

Now I have the 11.9 drivers and only downloaded CCC and installed them 2 weeks ago so I think they should still be okay? Y/N?
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Yes, correct. Uninstall CCC package will also a good idea and if you want a deep cleaning the left-over in registry, you can you this Atiman Uninstaller v.6.0.0.msi. Download LINK (Run it with administrator privilege. Some antivirus software will give a false positive. Let it restarts to complete the uninstallation).

Best is to download the whole package and select "Express Install", you may select individual component to install if you have a good reason to do so, otherwise selet the whole package.

As for Afterburner, after all the voltage unlocking and unofficial overclocking routine and you have no voltage control, the Asus is not supported by Afterburner. I read in their forums, Afterburner will not support non-reference design form its competitors. If that's the case, you have resort to Asus SD or Trixx, but reset Afterburner before you do so.
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Yes, correct. Uninstall CCC package will also a good idea and if you want a deep cleaning the left-over in registry, you can you this Atiman Uninstaller v.6.0.0.msi. Download LINK (Run it with administrator privilege. Some antivirus software will give a false positive. Let it restarts to complete the uninstallation).

Best is to download the whole package and select "Express Install", you may select individual component to install if you have a good reason to do so, otherwise selet the whole package.

As for Afterburner, after all the voltage unlocking and unofficial overclocking routine and you have no voltage control, the Asus is not supported by Afterburner. I read in their forums, Afterburner will not support non-reference design form its competitors. If that's the case, you have resort to Asus SD or Trixx, but reset Afterburner before you do so.
I did some reading up on it and people seem to say its only when you have 2+ voltage monitoring programs going at once. So if I uninstall all (I'm already back at stock clocks) and then just re install Trixx (it seemed the most balanced) then shouldn't I be good to go?
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