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Can anyone with a 7950 chime in and let me know what voltage they are using? Im using 1100 in afterburner, I would like to know how high I can bump the voltage safely.
*or anyone for that matter that knows.
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Sorry in advance for the reverse order of these, I read through to make sure they weren't already answered completely.
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Originally Posted by nifatech2120 View Post

Fair enough. I can accept that. But my main question is why would the card function at all then? even for a very short duration?
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Originally Posted by Darco19 View Post

Just picked up my Asus HD7970 DirectCUII and it's pretty terrible I have to say. I can't get 1200mhz on the core stable, even at 1.3v and I have tried AB, Trixx, GPUTweak and re-installing the drivers properly. Even with AMD's Overdrive in CCC, it won't do 1100 on the core on its own.
I've disabled everything in the book, including powerplay, max powertune and I've had constant lock-ups in Heaven benchmark - it will crash my PC 2 seconds into running it. This might be the 3rd 7970 I'm going to return tbh.

(these are related, so I'll answer them simultaneously) I had a 7950 that worked completely, until I applied any kind of GPU usage. Try running YouTube (assuming you're using Chrome with GPU utilization), it should crash. Mine usually gave me the lovely GSOD (green/gray screen of death) and a hard lock. RMA is the answer.
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Originally Posted by Smo View Post

Cheers guys - I checked the screws (which are all tight) and the clearances around the card (which are all fine) but it's still running ~20c hotter than my other card and I have absolutely no idea why!
I'm tempted to pull it apart and check the TIM but I'd have to ask about my warranty first.
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Originally Posted by tsm106 View Post

Just take the cooler off and reseat it with some new TIM. It is obviously seated poorly.
Do you have more info on this? thinking.gif
Hell yea!

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT remove the stock cooler and re-apply thermal paste. I have seen others do this and it resulted in higher temps. The only time you should remove the cooler is if instructed by the company or if you are adding a waterblock / non-stock cooler.
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Originally Posted by quakermaas View Post

How do you read VRM tempertures ?
GPU-Z does seem to do it on these cards yet.
Also anybody care to tell me what is the max safe voltage and how do I overclock past 1125 on the core with MSI afterburner, mine stops at 1125  ?

AIDA64 can monitor just about anything, including VRM.
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I'm tempted to completely give up on AMD's 79XX series right now from the luck/crap I'm going through. First one was a poor OC'er and was a bit too hot for my liking, second one was a non-reference from Gigabyte that ran amazing but had a coil whine, and now my 3rd one hasn't even been tested properly. I wonder what my 4th one is going to be...
Just waiting on the email from the shop from where I bought it from gives me permission to dissemble the card and let me see if there's anything else loose in there as I don't want it to void my warranty and all.

You return cards because they can't overclock well enough for you or have the same issues countless others experience... *sigh*
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Originally Posted by Darco19 View Post

I had a look at the side of the card and the screws are exactly looking like this:
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Could that be the cause of overheating the card? Temps are fine on idle, but I can't even check the load.

Holy crap. Yeah, looks like some shoddy QC/QA.
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Blimey! Think I'll check my second card when I get in - hopefully this will explain why one is running nearly 20c hotter than the other!

CrossFire automatically makes the cards run hotter (don't remember why, but I've witnessed this across countless systems). I think you said your bottom one runs hotter than the top one? If so, try switching them.
     
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CrossFire automatically makes the cards run hotter (don't remember why, but I've witnessed this across countless systems). I think you said your bottom one runs hotter than the top one? If so, try switching them.

I haven't run the cards in crossfire yet dude - this is with just one card installed at a time!
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I haven't run the cards in crossfire yet dude - this is with just one card installed at a time!

Doh, missed that part. Wait, what is it running hotter than?
     
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Doh, missed that part. Wait, what is it running hotter than?

Card #1 when overclocked to 1100/1600 with 40% fan (stock volts at 1.175v) tops out at 66c whereas card 2 is hitting 80c at the exact same settings. This is with only one card installed at a time.
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Card #1 when overclocked to 1100/1600 with 40% fan (stock volts at 1.175v) tops out at 66c whereas card 2 is hitting 80c at the exact same settings. This is with only one card installed at a time.

Have you compared stock?
     
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Me returning my 7950 and getting a GTX 560 ti 2GB, Asus microatx board and a Fractal desgin mini silent microatx case for same price:D so either crappy 7950 drivers or a boss little mini rig with a great gpu:P
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Ok, I've cleared the CMOS, reset default values, installed fresh Windows, installed chipset drivers, all windows updates, and I'm doing the drivers that came on the disc with the card now.

Nope, it's just hanging on a black screen. RMA? I have just waited a whole flipping month for a 580 RMA, if I have to do this one... I haven't gamed in over a month and I am sadface frown.gif
Edited by LAF - 3/3/12 at 2:58am
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Ok, I've cleared the CMOS, reset default values, installed fresh Windows, installed chipset drivers, all windows updates, and I'm doing the drivers that came on the disc with the card now.

Nope, it's just hanging on a black screen. RMA? I have just waited a whole flipping month for a 580 RMA, if I have to do this one... I haven't gamed in over a month and I am sadface :(


There are many experience users here will be able to help you analyse if the card is bad and need RMA or not.

 

It's too easy to suggest "RMA".

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There are many experience users here will be able to help you analyse if the card is bad and need RMA or not.

It's too easy to suggest "RMA".

Well I'm going to pull the card out and have a look at it tomorrow (or right now, depending on when I decide to go to bed) and check the contact thing, but that shouldn't be causing boot issues. What else can I check? I'll try the 12.3 drivers but I really don't hold much hope.
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