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So I recently bought an open box Sapphire Reference 6870.

It runs fine, but I had been getting random crashes and blue screens here and there at stock volts.

I bumped the voltage to 1.2V and it seems like its fine now.

Should I bother RMAing? If I do, I'm probably not going to get a reference card back...


I downgraded from a GTX 580 which gave me no problems whatsoever.

I uninstalled drivers, ran driver sweeper and installed new drivers.

I'm getting random crashes that leave me with anything from a white screen, black screen, to the occasional blue screen.

On one occasion Catalyst gave me a message that said the display driver crashed but recovered.

These crashes are driving me crazy. I'm not sure if it's software or hardware related.

I don't want to reformat just to find out its a hardware problem...help would be appreciated!
Edited by sbao26975 - 3/19/12 at 1:22pm
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If you plan to overclock it I would
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post #4 of 9
If you've swept all your old drivers (manually too, sometimes sweeper programs aren't enough) and the card is crashing at stock clocks/volts - it is more than likely a hardware issue.
Only other thing I might try before RMA'ing is using a previously released driver just to see if the latest ones are causing any issues.
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I have heard of driver sweeper causing problems too. Have you tried restoring your OS?
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That's probably the next thing I'll do....I need to find time to do that and backup everything...
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I'm getting random crashes that leave me with anything from a white screen, black screen, to the occasional blue screen.

On one occasion Catalyst gave me a message that said the display driver crashed but recovered.

These crashes are driving me crazy. I'm not sure if it's software or hardware related.

I had this problem with my 5870. I flashed my motherboard bios and crashes stopped. Could be that
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So I suspect it might be something with the audio drivers. Sometimes before this my audio would just freeze, forcing me to restart the computer. I'll try it without the audio card...
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Nevermind, I just got a crash that displayed blue and yellow squares all over the screen...it would appear that this is a problem with the card.
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