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I'm stuck in that situation where the problem can be a few things and I'm in need of help to pinpoint the issue. I have 2 Sapphire (reference) 5770's in crossfire and I have them overclocked to 930Mhz with a slight overvolt of 1.175v (all using afterburner). The memory is at 1250 and I don't plan on bumping it because I hear it's useless to bump because of the 128mbit bus. I can run an hour of fullscreen furmark with the cards only hitting 72c and no lock-ups which I think is amazing temps considering furmark is a harsh stress test + the cards are overclocked.

The issue at had is while playing WoW, Left4Dead2, and CSS (not very GPU intensive games) I get random driver crashes. I also get some errors when using the GPU Tool Stability test (the one with the 2 yellow stationary donuts) No artifacts ever, just some text error saying something about mismatched pixels (or something like that).

The reason I'm overclocking is because I have BF3 on the way and I dont have the cash to upgrade to a 6950, 560ti, etc. I read all over that 5770's overclock very easily to 950Mhz+ and I'm just wondering what I could do to stabilize my overclock... Drivers to me seem to be the issue since I can run furmark without problems but I'm no GPU overclocking expert. Any insight would be much appreaciated!
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I'm stuck in that situation where the problem can be a few things and I'm in need of help to pinpoint the issue. I have 2 Sapphire (reference) 5770's in crossfire and I have them overclocked to 930Mhz with a slight overvolt of 1.175v (all using afterburner). The memory is at 1250 and I don't plan on bumping it because I hear it's useless to bump because of the 128mbit bus. I can run an hour of fullscreen furmark with the cards only hitting 72c and no lock-ups which I think is amazing temps considering furmark is a harsh stress test + the cards are overclocked. The issue at had is while playing WoW, Left4Dead2, and CSS (not very GPU intensive games) I get random driver crashes. I also get some errors when using the GPU Tool Stability test (the one with the 2 yellow stationary donuts) No artifacts ever, just some text error saying something about mismatched pixels (or something like that). The reason I'm overclocking is because I have BF3 on the way and I dont have the cash to upgrade to a 6950, 560ti, etc. I read all over that 5770's overclock very easily to 950Mhz+ and I'm just wondering what I could do to stabilize my overclock... Drivers to me seem to be the issue since I can run furmark without problems but I'm no GPU overclocking expert. Any insight would be much appreaciated!

What version of Catalyst do you have installed currently?

Sorry if I missed that in your post, it is very hard to read a clump of text without paragraphs! tongue.gif
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Sorry, I am bad with not using paragraphs tongue.gif But all my drivers are up to date. I'm using the latest version of everything. Not on the machine right now so I cant tell you the exact versions.
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Sorry, I am bad with not using paragraphs tongue.gif But all my drivers are up to date. I'm using the latest version of everything. Not on the machine right now so I cant tell you the exact versions.

Haha, its all right buddy wink.gif
So you're using the newest Catalyst 12.1 drivers released a few days ago?
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Haha, its all right buddy wink.gif
So you're using the newest Catalyst 12.1 drivers released a few days ago?

Yes, I remember Steam reminding me yesterday afternoon and going through with it.
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Yes, I remember Steam reminding me yesterday afternoon and going through with it.

First thing I'll suggest is a complete clean removal of drivers with this: http://www.mediafire.com/?0brywmam3d14r9b (ATIMan Uninstaller).

And then re-install the latest 12.1.
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Ah yes, I read about that last night a little bit. I use Revo-uninstaller alot at work. It gives the option to clean-up leftover files and registry junk after uninstalling. Would that work or would you still recommend using the ATI man software?
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Ah yes, I read about that last night a little bit. I use Revo-uninstaller alot at work. It gives the option to clean-up leftover files and registry junk after uninstalling. Would that work or would you still recommend using the ATI man software?

I haven't seen any recommendations against Revo... however I'd probably still use ATIMan, only because it has worked for me in the past.

One thing I will frown upon though is Driver Sweeper.
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Cool I'll try it when I get home from work today. Can you elaborate a bit on the driver/CAP thing I've been reading about. It seems as if you have to jump through a lot of hoops to use xfire or amd/ati cards in general but after fine tuning they seem to work well. Makes me wonder if the grass is greener on the other side (pun intended) smile.gif

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Cool I'll try it when I get home from work today. Can you elaborate a bit on the driver/CAP thing I've been reading about. It seems as if you have to jump through a lot of hoops to use xfire or amd/ati cards in general but after fine tuning they seem to work well. Makes me wonder if the grass is greener on the other side (pun intended) smile.gif
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Coming from nVidia, it does feel a bit like it was easier to get stuff working, especially in multi-GPU set ups, however the tinkering with AMD is half the fun for me wink.gif
I'm quite sure CAPs are released by AMD for quick additions for CrossFire to certain games and their changes/fixes are usually included in the next version of Catalyst. I never bother installing them unless I see it as a last resort, though I'm sure others could explain better and would probably have different opinions or personal preferences regarding the CAPs than I.
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Plextor PX-256M5S 256GB Samsung EVO 1TB Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 Hitachi HDS723020BLA642 
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Hitachi HDS723020BLA642 Hitachi HUA722010CLA330 WDC WD10EARS-00Z5B1 TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223B 
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Phanteks PH-TC14PE with TY-140's Lamptron FCv5 (x2) Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell U2412M 
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Dell U2412M Dell U2212HM Dell U2713HM Topre Realforce 87UB | Ducky DK9087 G2 Pro 
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Corsair AX-750 Corsair Obsidian 650D Logitech G700 XTRAC Ripper XXL 
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Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 250ohm Schiit Bifrost DAC Schiit Asgard 2 HiVi Swan M50W 2.1 
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Intel Xeon E5-2620 Super Micro X9SRL-F-B 128GB 1333MHz LSI 9271-8i 
OSPowerCase
VMware ESXi 5.5 SeaSonic SS-400FL2 Fractal Define R3 
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Intel Core i5-3437U HP EliteBook Folio 9470m  Intel HD Graphics 4000  16GB DDR3 SDRAM 
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256GB SSD Windows 10 Insider Preview 
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