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Just as a heads up, I was not able to get one of my XFX 5770's above 925Mhz core without driver crashes. I also read that 5770's were supposed to be able to go close to the 1Ghz range, but I guess I wasn't that lucky.

I run them both at 900/1300Mhz in BF3 and I do fine, for what it's worth. The core speed seems to have less of an impact than the memory speed for me. Also, the memory bus size should not be a bottleneck, as upping the frequency on the memory ups the number of times a second the bus is moving data. The higher you can get your memory frequency, the better. The higher bus sizes just allow more bandwidth per clock.

The first thing you should've done to find out if it was drivers or your overclock was to drop the speeds back to stock. If they were then stable, you know it's not the drivers.
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I suppose that makes sense... Maybe one card can hit 970 and the other caps out at 910 safely. Did you try upping voltage at all to help with the higher clocks? I always thought if temps were good then its safe to bump voltage a little to compensate higher clocks.
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I suppose that makes sense... Maybe one card can hit 970 and the other caps out at 910 safely. Did you try upping voltage at all to help with the higher clocks? I always thought if temps were good then its safe to bump voltage a little to compensate higher clocks.

I never messed with vcore on mine simply because the one that was having issues ran warmer than the one that clocked better, even when it was on the bottom sucking in cold, clean air. I just figured I got a less-than-optimal chip, and 900Mhz performed just fine for me anyway. Keep in mind though, there is a voltage wall after a certain speed on every chip. Who knows, one of your chips may be hitting it's wall just after stock clocks.

In all honesty though, I think you'll find that a 100Mhz bump in memory speeds is going to make a bigger difference than another 100Mhz on your core clock.
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So maybe I'll live with 900Mhz and bump my memory up to 1300 or maybe 1350/1400 if I snag some memory heatsinks.

Edit: I still do think I have some kind of driver thing going on though. I can run furmark for an hour without an issue. The mother of all stress tests. So that has to mean something right?
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Quote:
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So maybe I'll live with 900Mhz and bump my memory up to 1300 or maybe 1350/1400 if I snag some memory heatsinks.
Edit: I still do think I have some kind of driver thing going on though. I can run furmark for an hour without an issue. The mother of all stress tests. So that has to mean something right?

It could, but that's why I'm curious to see if you have these issues at stock clock speeds. If you don't, it could just be that the type of stress furmark puts on the graphics card is different than the other applications.
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bah
a)try catalyst 11.8
b)your OC may be too high
 
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This is anecdotal, but I had similar issues on my reference 6770s. Would pass stress tests with an overclock and would make my 3d mark scores look nice, but after about 5 minutes of BF3 I would get a black screen. Even did this with mild overclocks <900. Only thing that seemed to cure it for me was just putting them back to stock clocks. I'd assume the 5770/6770s that everyone is getting these overclocks out of must be non-reference.

The good news though is that they actually handle BF3 pretty well at 1920x1080 on stock clocks. Just drop down the AA, can leave everything else on or near ultra.
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I would get this issue with my old reference 5870. It would run Furmark, Skyrim, BF3 fine, but when it came to Source games it would crash immediately. It didn't matter whether I had it over/downclocked and under/overvolted. I even tried drivers from 2009 all the way to the preview drivers for 12.1 and tried about 20 different vBIOS. A Win7 reinstall didn't help either, so since I couldn't solve it, so I just ended up selling it.

I also used to run a crossfire setup with 2x 5770 Hawks and it was actually more stable than my current 5870 crossfire. My better 5770 could hit 1030mhz, while the other could barely pass 1000mhz, both at 1.3vcore and memory set to 1250mhz. Most of the time, I kept them at the stock voltage of 1.2v and just ran both cards at 950/1250.

I would follow the advice about uninstalling and reinstalling the latest drivers and CAPs. What I would do afterwards is test each card individually and see how high each one can go. From there you can set them on crossfire and to the clocks of the lower clocking one and test it out in-game. Something I learned in my 2 years of overclocking is that just because your overclock can pass hours of synthetic testing, it does not always pass hours of gaming. It's best to find stability in what you do the most, whether it's folding, gaming, rendering, etc.

A single 5770 is more than enough to play BF3 on High preset with a res of 1920x1080. I was getting about 40-60FPS with the 5770 I have right now. You could always just run one 5770 or buy mine *hint hint*. wink.gif
    
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I'm also having some 124 BSOD with crossfire 5770's on some games. I'm thinking the new driver has issues.
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I backed my clocks down to 875 and the memory up to 1375 and just finished about an hour of L4D2 without a hiccup. Earlier I did use the ATIman program and cleaned up all my ATI drivers. After that I installed the latest 12.1 with no CAP. So far everything seems better but I'll keep pushing my clocks up to see where they can go.
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