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I just loaded 12.8 too. I've been running 12.4 for awhile and using AB 2.2.1.
Anyway things changed in AB 2.2.3 and/or Catalyst >12.4.
You need to close AB.
Right-click on the AB shortcut.
Under target add -xcl after the ".
Start AB again and you should be prompted to reboot.

By doing this, when I load msi ab, it asks for admin permission. When I click yes, nothing happenes.
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Seems I got a card that doesn't overclock well. Right now I'm at 1100/1575 @1.125 volts.

She runs pretty hot too, about 98 degrees max
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I ordered a visiontek 7970 on egg for 370 shipped. Came with 4 games
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post #14614 of 38704
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Seems I got a card that doesn't overclock well. Right now I'm at 1100/1575 @1.125 volts.
She runs pretty hot too, about 98 degrees max

Reduce the clocks and put it back at default voltage before you do permanent damage. Anything above 85c is just not good for long term use.
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Seems I got a card that doesn't overclock well. Right now I'm at 1100/1575 @1.125 volts.

She runs pretty hot too, about 98 degrees max

MSI 7950 is a huge disappointment.
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I just tried 12.8 WHQL and my experience with QuadFire 7970 is still a no-go. Instant freeze during the first minutes of play. I have no luck with all the 12.x drivers but the 8.921.2 RC11 is still the best.
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Meh, I just thought i'd see what my 7970 can do, but it hits a voltage wall at ~1240Mhz frown.gif
I used the new 12.8 drivers with afterburner 2.2.2.
Cards a sapphire reference 7970 with a Arctic Accelero Xtreme 7970 on it with the original fans replaced by 2 2000RPM Enermax Appolish Vegas 120mm's.

I always ran it at 1200Mhz with 1.200v and the VRAM at 1575Mhz with a UNDERvolt of 1.55v. Super stable and PLENTY of FPS in BF3 and such even on max settings (AA forced to 2x AAA in CCC and using FXAA injector).

Well, since the ambients here are ~29c now I thought i'd see what my Arctic Accelero 7970 was worth for real. So, I loaded up Heaven 3.0, maxed it out (extreme tesselation, 16x AF, 8x AA, all filters enabled), started it up and first just jammed voltage to max, 1.299v, to see how hot it would get. MSI AB and AIDA64 Extreme (for VRM temps since AB can't read that) gave pretty proper readings and I was satisfied to see that cooling 1.30v was very well do-able. Had the Enermaxes on 100% fanspeed cause my casefans and CPU fans are the same fans or the 140mm version and I am used to running 100% on all fans while gaming anyways. <3 fancontrollers..

So, recap: 1.299v, 1200Mhz core, 1740Mhz VRAM with 1.625v on the VRAM.
I hit 68-71c on the core and about 86-92c on the VRMs. Well, VRM's are hot but this is waay below the dangerzone so.. Safe to run.

Then, I slowly increased GPU clocks to find out that at just 1280Mhz the card already crashed in a black screen with looping sound.
Now, the highest I can run for ~30 minutes and for a few runs of 3dm11 is 1260Mhz, with voltage maxed.

I can also run 1230Mhz with 1.212v but as soon as I go anywhere near 1240Mhz I have to up the voltage very rapidly frown.gif.

Does this mean I just hit the end of the silicone lottery and this card is average at best, or am I just doing something wrong.

Yes, I know you will suggest using lower VRAM clocks then the ones I tested with but that makes no difference. Even VRAM at stock speeds & voltages gives the exact same behavior.

EDIT1:
Aiiiight. Even though 1260Mhz with 1.299v is Heaven and 3dmark stable, it pretty much INSTANTLY crashed in BF3 multiplayer. That, I did not expect. I'll continue testing with BF3 MP since that's the most demanding I play.

EDIT: It's the VRM's. Corrently running 1237mV @ 1230Mhz core and in BF3 my VRM's sit at around 85-90c but in the menu, where load is flatout 99% and the drawn amperage hits 170 amps, the VRM's rapidly towards 100c only to stabilize at 99-103c. Well, if I run 1.299v through them, I bet they go well over 120c under this load with these ambients. The AAX7970 once again lives up to it's expectations. Core temps are very good, but the VRM temps blow monkeynuts.

Can I safely run 1.237mV with VRM';s sitting at 85-105c depending on load, 105c being absolute worst case with very high ambients?
Edited by Imprezzion - 8/17/12 at 8:23am
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post #14618 of 38704
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By doing this, when I load msi ab, it asks for admin permission. When I click yes, nothing happenes.
That's weird. I've never had AB ask me for admin permission. Not sure what the problem could be with your setup unfortunately.
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I just tried 12.8 WHQL and my experience with QuadFire 7970 is still a no-go. Instant freeze during the first minutes of play. I have no luck with all the 12.x drivers but the 8.921.2 RC11 is still the best.

Most probably you have already tried this, but still allow me to ask...

Have you reinstalled CAPs after new drivers installation and rebooted afterwards?
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Damn, VRM's just hit 103c in BF3.. man oh man. I really needa fix these VRM temps wiith those crappy Arctic sinks...
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