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So I just got another 5850 today to run crossfire and I noticed in CCC that the Idle clocks are different between cards. My primary card has an idle GPU clock of 157MHz with a memory clock of 300MHz whole my second card idles at 400MHz with a memory clock of 900MHz.
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I just noticed on GPUZ that the voltage for the lower idle clocked one is 0.05V lower. Why are they different if they are the same card? Should I match the voltages with each other?
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So I just got another 5850 today to run crossfire and I noticed in CCC that the Idle clocks are different between cards. My primary card has an idle GPU clock of 157MHz with a memory clock of 300MHz whole my second card idles at 400MHz with a memory clock of 900MHz.


 

No. It should not. You shout get 0000 and 0000 for core and memory of the second GPU while doing nothing and in sleep state.

 

Two possibilities;

 

1. You disabled ULPS and

2. The second card BIOS was edited.
 

 

Quote:
 I just noticed on GPUZ that the voltage for the lower idle clocked one is 0.05V lower. Why are they different if they are the same card? Should I match the voltages with each other?

 

Leave it alone. That's Power Play. It downclocks and downvolt in idle states to save power consumption while doing nothing. 

 


Edited by Ken1649 - 2/5/12 at 12:10am
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No. It should not. You shout get 0000 and 0000 for core and memory of the second GPU while doing nothing and in sleep state.

Two possibilities;

1. You disabled ULPS and
2. The second card BIOS was edited.

The person who sold it to me said he use to change the voltage and overclock it. Do you need to edit the bios to do that?

Quote:
Leave it alone. That's Power Play. It downclocks and downvolt in idle states to save power consumption while doing nothing. 

I mean that when both cards are at idle the one with the higher idle clock speed has a 0.05V higher voltage.
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If you are running more than one monitor, the 400mhz idle on the main card is normal. It was AMD's solution to multiscreen flickering.
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If you are running more than one monitor, the 400mhz idle on the main card is normal. It was AMD's solution to multiscreen flickering.

Just one monitor.
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Are you using catalyst control center ?
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Are you using catalyst control center ?

Yes but I'm not doing anything except for making profiles with different fan speeds.
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Uninstall everything, Catalyst, Trixx, SpeedFan, Afterburner. Select no to keep the settings then go to delete the install folders. 

 

Clean it with Atiman Uninstaller v.6.2.0

 

Install Catalyst + CAP ATI Radeon™ Video Card Drivers - AMD

 

Do nothing more then check again.

 

Have funs.

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next to the sliding bars what does it say for clocks for gpu1 then go to gpu 2 and also what does it say?
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