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Hey guys, i'm not quite sure where to start. I recently got a AMD 6950 and have been overclocking it. I successfully unlocked it and have been overclocking it through MSI afterburner. It is completely stable in 3dmark11 with no crashes or anything, but if I stay at the same clocks/ voltage right when I start bf3 my computer restarts. I'm not sure what section this goes in, because it might not be my GPU. Im assuming it could possibly be a PSU issue also. It's just weird how it does fine in 3dmark but right when I start a real game it restarts. Also i've tried to play skyrim and it just freezes right when I start it. Also BF3 plays fine if the card is at stock clocks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also, it's not overheating.
Edited by vitality - 2/15/12 at 9:51pm
 
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can you back off the gpu OC some and err..your games run OK?
 
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Power supply ? My 6950 did that when i had a 650w powersupply and tried to overclock .
    
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Sounds like an unstable overclock on the gpu since it crashes in games and works fine if it's at stock. Sometimes the stress tests don't hit the widest range of things that a game or something else will put the system through so it will look like its 100% stable but in reality it isn't. I had a computer that was completely stable for games and almost everything else I threw at it but when I started folding it would crash in less than ten minutes. I would try a few different stress tests on it to check if it is completely stable and do some more tweaking to find the best overclock you can out of it. Also, you shouldn't be worried about a power shortage because my system only has 775w in it and it's running smooth and you have a whopping 1k in it biggrin.gif you shouldn't need any more power unless you were doing a quadfire or something lol
 
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nah I wasn't worried about a power shortage, just maybe it's not working correctly. It's a Corsair HX1050. haha the last thing I need is MORE power tongue.gif

Also, I just raised voltages a bit and it's working at lower overclocks. I still tried to raise them on the higher clocks and still a restart. Mainly, i'm just making sure this isint a PSU problem because I was getting messages from asus software a few months ago saying it wasn't supplying enough power at the 3.3v rail. but lots of people just said it wasnt true.
 
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Sounds like an unstable overclock on the gpu since it crashes in games and works fine if it's at stock. Sometimes the stress tests don't hit the widest range of things that a game or something else will put the system through so it will look like its 100% stable but in reality it isn't. I had a computer that was completely stable for games and almost everything else I threw at it but when I started folding it would crash in less than ten minutes. I would try a few different stress tests on it to check if it is completely stable and do some more tweaking to find the best overclock you can out of it. Also, you shouldn't be worried about a power shortage because my system only has 775w in it and it's running smooth and you have a whopping 1k in it biggrin.gif you shouldn't need any more power unless you were doing a quadfire or something lol

The pc wouldnt just restart , it would either hard lock or drivers would crash ..

Your power supply is fine , sounds like your trying to overclock too high ? what clocks you trying to run and what voltage ..
    
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id be looking at psu bf3 is more load than 3dmark due to having to use system resources
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on 3dmark11 I ran at 970core 1400 mem stable with 1.26v and it passed multiple times. On BF3 I just ran at 910 core 1400 mem at 1.23 volts and it restarted after about 3 minutes.

edit: Also I know for a fact it's not overheating. Load temps on my GPU are around 68c and CPU 64c. also, i'm going to bed. ill check this thread in the morning!
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Hmm sounds like the overclock is just a bit too high for it to run games. So you unlocked the 6950 to run at the 6970 speeds if I understand you correctly but you are trying to push the card farther?? That might be your problem because in one way the card is already overclocked and then you're trying to push it farther than that. frown.gif I don't mean to sound rude or anything but the card may not be able to overclock any higher than the 6970 speeds.
 
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All I did was unlock the shaders. The stock clocks for my card are 850/1300. I hardly think I'm overclocking it too high at 910mhz, but I suppose it's a possibility.
 
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