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post #1 of 22
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Hi

I got an annoying issue with my new Asus HD7850 Card. In some games the card seem to artefact. It looks like a black shadow is flickering for a split second and that's it, everything is fine again.
I can play for hours without any issues and the games won't crash or freeze. It's just a pretty rare artifact showing up like every once in a while.

The strange thing is that not every game has this issue. For example BF3 and Sleeping Dogs do not have any issues for me. But for example Starcraft 2 does "flicker" every once in a while (like every 20 hours of playtime O_o). Dishnored also shows strange flickering from time to time.
I already RMA'd the card TWICE (glad that my shop is so nice) but im having the same issue on the 3rd card as well. Back to my old 460 - no issues. Testing 660 of my Friend - no issues. I really don't know what to do. I even replaced my RAM and PSU but the issue still happens sometimes. I can't really reproduce it, it just happens totaly random in a few games. I tested different drivers and it seems like it appears more and less with some drivers but whenever i think it is fixed i see it again.

By searching the web i found more people who seem to have simelar issues http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=368290&page=3 the videos shown in their thread are more extreme but comparable to what i see every now and then..

Any idea what i can do about this issue?


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Edited by Stuttergame - 11/6/12 at 8:15am
post #2 of 22
Could be an overheating issue. Try setting your fan profile to 60%-80% and check...
post #3 of 22
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Sorry, forgot to mention it Temperature was of course the first thing was looking at. But i think 63°C (145.4°F) max at BF3 are fine. As i said it is not every game. I think it could be an driver issue. It appears rarly but still it is pretty damn annoying if it does, it just doesn't "feel riight". I guess some people might be able to ignore it because it only appears for a splitsecond. But i feel annoyed by that issue. I already reported the issue to the AMD Support. After testing 3 (HD7850) cards on mine and my friends computer it might be related to the driver. But AMD never answered or seem to care about my reports.

Everything would be better if i would know that some people are on it. But i feel left alone with this issue for months now and don't know how to fix it. The only thing i can think of is selling the card and get a 660 instead but this will mean a financial loss for me + the 660 is more expansive than the HD 7850 was when i bought it and im not happy with that either.
Edited by Stuttergame - 11/6/12 at 8:19am
post #4 of 22
I'm getting the same exact thing, I'm using newest beta drivers... sleeping dogs is fine. ill see a random moment of an artifact in certain games or a shadow flicker, (CSGO)

radeon sapphire 7970 OC 3GB
post #5 of 22
Known problem, although I'm not sure if AMD is aware of this or not.

This flickering *ONLY* affects directX 9C games, right?

been trying to submit bug reports on this as well as posting in the other forums (guru3d, rage 3d, etc).
I strongly suggest you file a ticket with AMD at http://emailcustomercare.amd.com/ for customer care, as well as catalyst crew feedback. The more reports they get on this, the more they will realize it's not an isolated issue and affects every card (but to various degrees, depending on driver and settings).
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post #6 of 22
I've noticed similar flickering in WoW DX9 mode. WoW in DX11 mode crashes the whole system with looping sound randomly. Flickering is usually hard to notice while gaming. When you start to hunt the flickering down by standing still it easy to spot and happens 1-2 times a minute. I've noticed similar flickering in Unigine Heaven as well (DX11).
post #7 of 22
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strange. That AMD Guy in the forum said it's a DX9 issue. I didn't see the issue in any DX11 game yet (Max Payne 3, Sleeping Dogs, BF3). Hope they gonna fix it soon.
post #8 of 22
Heaven DX11 artifacts look a bit different and is much more rare. Might be due to my Sapphire vapor-x 1250MHz rated elpida mem chips which are running on the edge at default. Even slight 1300MHz overclocking instantly hangs the system with stripes across the screen. At default 1250MHz card is stable for 10h+ heaven looping etc.
post #9 of 22
This is the DX9 flickering issue. It's the #1 priority for our company. We're working on it. Does not affect DX10+ at all.
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Good news, Thracks, please keep us posted.

BTW *if* the bug is in the Atiumdag.dll, if you want us ot test new versions of that driver (possibly after agreeing to a "You will not hold AMD accountable if your card blows up by unofficial files"), do you want us to do that? I know that in windows 7, you can just throw the Atiumdag.dll file into the same folder as the game's executable (atidxx32.dll might also be needed), and the game will use that version of the file instead of the one in the windows system32/syswow64 or driverstore folders.

(I use this to fix black ops 1 with the 12.5b files (which have 90% less flickering).

That way, if any of us want to test and report back on fixes (if its' atiumdag), we don't have to wait for new driver builds and can get feedback right away smile.gif
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