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I got a PowerColor 6950 AMD graphics card and this is what I'm seeing:



I reinstalled my Catalyst 11.9 drivers and also switched the BIOS to position 2 and it still shows this. The dots only show up in games, benchmarks, and windows aero bars but doesn't show up unless the PC is under graphical stress. Is there any other reason this could be happening or do I have to RMA (again )?
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post #2 of 12
It looks like a problem with your V memory, I had the exact same diagnosis on a 4870x2 about a year ago. What did you RMA for first?
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I had the same card and it was showing a few green dots and the DVI port was wobbly... this is really pathetic I'm 0/2 with PowerColor I hope that the third one won't also disappoint >_>

Do you think that if I complain they'll bump me up to a 6970?
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Originally Posted by Hybridx24 View Post
I had the same card and it was showing a few green dots and the DVI port was wobbly... this is really pathetic I'm 0/2 with PowerColor I hope that the third one won't also disappoint >_>

Do you think that if I complain they'll bump me up to a 6970?
Eh, maybe, I am not sure about Powercolors customer service. Sorry to hear about your predicament.
post #5 of 12
That's why I tend to not go with lesser-known companies when it comes to PC parts. It tends to not pan out well...

If you're getting too much trouble out of PowerColor, I'd try going with Sapphire, XFX, or MSI. They're all great brands for ATI video cards.
post #6 of 12
scan for artifacts with EVGA OC scanner
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post
scan for artifacts with EVGA OC scanner
Doesn't EVGA only make nVidia cards? So, wouldn't their utility only work with nVidia cards?
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Doesn't EVGA only make nVidia cards? So, wouldn't their utility only work with nVidia cards?
Sorry me, I use nvidia so that he could try with Furmark
i Said EVGA OC scanner bcuz it says if it has artifacting, when u use furmark you have to see them

Edit: Also try with ATI Tools
Edited by PontiacGTX - 11/1/11 at 11:56am
post #9 of 12
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I pretty much tried everything (changing PCI-E lanes, underclocking my CPU, reseating card & cables). Nothing seems to work and I still get those artifacts. I think I'm just going to RMA it... again... If anyone has any advice or knows that this isn't faulty VRam I'm open to suggestions.
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I pretty much tried everything (changing PCI-E lanes, underclocking my CPU, reseating card & cables). Nothing seems to work and I still get those artifacts. I think I'm just going to RMA it... again... If anyone has any advice or knows that this isn't faulty VRam I'm open to suggestions.
Last shot, if it still does it, it's not driver related. RMA.

- Swap cables, output and input from card to monitor.
- Disable Windows Aero.
- Disable Hardware Acceleration (in Youtube/Flashplayer/Firefox/Chrome). Unlikely will solve it but give it a try.
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