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Hey Y'all smile.gif

So, i've got 2 Sapphire 6870's and I used to get like 85+ fps on Battlefield 3...

Now they just done seem to perform like they used to, on occasion they sit at nearly 100% usage in-game and thats when they do work, but most of the time there not going over 60%, and my fps is low, and i get occasional lag spikes.

i dont know what to do anymore :/

should i OC them? sell them and get a better card like a 6970 or better? could it be something to do with my airflow? (ill be getting a 600t soon too so would that help there ventilation?)

honestly, im stumped... when they decide they want to work, i cant fault them, utterly brilliant cards.
then when they dont work, i just feel like ive wasted £290 frown.gif

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Have you upgrade the drivers since then? Maybe OS has degraded? Maybe try doing a clean install of windows.
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i had a fresh install of windows around a month ago, and ill install the newest drivers again (already have the newest) just to see if theres mabey a fault with the ones i have smile.gif
   
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You could try pushing for a nice overclock on them, and you could have some bad drivers or Catalyst Application Profiles.
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ive just redone the CAP, so im going to jump into a game and see if anythings changed, plus i have no idea what a nice overclock would be, i'm not very adventurous when it comes to that kind of thing, mainly due to being a student without a ton of money haha
   
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by kepiinskii View Post

ive just redone the CAP, so im going to jump into a game and see if anythings changed, plus i have no idea what a nice overclock would be, i'm not very adventurous when it comes to that kind of thing, mainly due to being a student without a ton of money haha

I was able to get 1000 MHz on my 6870 on the core and kept the memory at stock since it didn't make much of a difference.
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what sort of temps were you getting with 1000 on the core? atm my cards both sit at around 60c in-game [high/ultra] and there both comletly stock, and also, what temps are safe for these cards? smile.gif
   
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what sort of temps were you getting with 1000 on the core? atm my cards both sit at around 60c in-game [high/ultra] and there both comletly stock, and also, what temps are safe for these cards? smile.gif

At stock settings, the cards can reach 80 C no problem, but once you start overclocking, the max temp seems to decrease, kind of ironic.

I have a VF3000A on mine and folding 24/7 at 1000 MHz core I get 55 C max temperatures, it's an amazing cooler.
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post #9 of 11
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those coolers look beaut! i may have to get some when my university money comes in next biggrin.gif

will they go on the sapphire, or are they only for reference cards?

is that cooler the same sort of dimentions as the stock heatsink/shroud?

oh, and if i oc my cards, is there anything i should look out for? like if the cards dont seem to like the oc, what could go wrong/break?
   
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(11 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 (AM3) Palit Geforce GTX 670 Jetstream Corsair Vengeance 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Force 3 Western Digital Caviar Green Corsair Force 3 Corsair H80 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair AF120 x2 | Corsair SP120 x2 | Xigmatek ... MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 LG E2260V 22" x3 [Nvidia Surround] Razer Arctosa Silver Edition 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX1200W Modular Power Supply  Corsair 600T Whtie Cyborg R.A.T 5 Cyborg Glide 7 
Audio
Plantronics Gamcom 377 
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6870 Kingston HyperX [4x2GB] [Black+Blue] 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Western Digital Caviar Blue Coolit ECO CLC Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 Corsair HX 750 
CaseOther
CM Storm Scout Ralink 150mbps Wireless card 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom X4 9650 FOXCONN A7VMX-K ATI Radeon HD 4350 Don't know 
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Originally Posted by kepiinskii View Post

those coolers look beaut! i may have to get some when my university money comes in next biggrin.gif

will they go on the sapphire, or are they only for reference cards?

is that cooler the same sort of dimentions as the stock heatsink/shroud?

oh, and if i oc my cards, is there anything i should look out for? like if the cards dont seem to like the oc, what could go wrong/break?

It takes up 3 slots instead of 2 and is actually longer than the card, 10 1/4 " to be exact from the connector edge of the PCB to the end of the cooler.
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CHILZ - Lan Rig
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CANARY - Main Rig
(16 items)
 
CADILLAC - HTPC
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-4570s Asus H97M-Plus AMD R9 280 G.Skill RipjawsX 16 GB (2x8) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
250 GB Samsung 840 240 GB Kingston 3 TB USB 3.0 Drive Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Preview BenQ GL2450 Filco MajesTouch2 Ninja PC P&C Silencer Mk III 600 W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Core 1000 Mionix Castor Monoprice XXL JL Amps + Custom Morel Bookshelf speakers 
Other
Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder 3.5G Staples Gel Cushion Asus Xonar DG + Senn. PC333D 
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Q6600 Acer X1800 ATI 5670 2 GB Kingston 
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2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
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