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GasMan - I'm having a very similar issue on a new build*

Did you find a fix? Looks like you did a LOT of troubleshooting. I'm about to ask Amazon for a replacement, but your journey makes me think that won't help...

* (i7-3770 OC to 4.4ghz, 2x8 GB ram OC to 2200, Samsung 840 SSD, ASRock Extreme6 mobo, Dell U2410 monitor...)
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Hi,

I registered just to tell you it's AMD's crap drivers. It's been driving people nuts and wasting a lot of time but AMD don't seem able to solve it after so long. It seems worse for certain combination of hardware. The AMD rep said they had problems reproducing the issue but that's crap too. All they have to do is build a system identical to those who complain about this problem & I'm sure they will easily reproduce it then. With the resources they have, I really suspect whether they are making a genuine effort to solve this. I'm sure many others are suffering from it to a certain degree but just not reporting it.

If only I can get money back for this piece of junk. I've supported AMD for many years but this will be the last time.
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Disconnect all but 1 monitor and see if the artifacts persist
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GasMan - I'm having a very similar issue on a new build*

Did you find a fix? Looks like you did a LOT of troubleshooting. I'm about to ask Amazon for a replacement, but your journey makes me think that won't help...

* (i7-3770 OC to 4.4ghz, 2x8 GB ram OC to 2200, Samsung 840 SSD, ASRock Extreme6 mobo, Dell U2410 monitor...)

Hi Ephesian,

Sorry I didn't respond sooner -- I seem to have missed your post. I actually did end up returning the 7870 after being frustrated with the issues happening repeatedly and had Amazon send me a Gigabyte 7950 instead thinking that maybe it is an issue with the architecture of the 7870. I then installed 13.2 beta5 drivers on the 7950 and the issue has gone away. I am not sure if it is the 13.2 beta5 or the 7950 itself that is the solution but I believe it is the drivers. The problem with AMD is that their drivers are so horrible that it is very hard to isolate any issue. You don't know if its the drivers that suck or the hardware that sucks. With neither one being completely reliable it makes troubleshooting more difficult than it should be.
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Hi,

I registered just to tell you it's AMD's crap drivers. It's been driving people nuts and wasting a lot of time but AMD don't seem able to solve it after so long. It seems worse for certain combination of hardware. The AMD rep said they had problems reproducing the issue but that's crap too. All they have to do is build a system identical to those who complain about this problem & I'm sure they will easily reproduce it then. With the resources they have, I really suspect whether they are making a genuine effort to solve this. I'm sure many others are suffering from it to a certain degree but just not reporting it.

If only I can get money back for this piece of junk. I've supported AMD for many years but this will be the last time.

I agree completely. AMD drivers have a long way to go.
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Problem is probably that your card goes to to slow 2D clocks in idle.
300mhz GPU and 150mhz Vram.

Raise 2D clocks to 300mhz GPU and 600mhz Vram.
If that didnt help you can try 500mhz GPU and 1200mhz Vram.
Talking 2D clocks, not 3D


Its a common problem with multiple monitors, just google and see wink.gif
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It is possible that it was a bad batch and you've been unfortunate in getting 3x cards that were manufactured at the same time woth the same problems.

I've experienced similar with some hard drives in a friends system many years ago- had to return them about 3x times before we got a drive that worked ok, after each return we pretty much discounted the hard drive as the source of problems because it was just replaced but the facts ended up speaking for themselves.

I'd imagine your supplier probably ordered a batch of cards at the same time so its not unreasonable that if there was a manufacturing problem, you've just swapped one bad card for another. I've only ever seen artefacts like your screenshot from gpu issues and as you've identified, you've swapped pretty much everything else out.

If you can, I'd suggest either RMA the card with the manufacturer (at least you guarantee the card won't be from the same batch) or change it with your reseller for a different manufactures card.

Do you have another system you can try the card in to see if the problem remains with completely different hardware?
 
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Problem is probably that your card goes to to slow 2D clocks in idle.
300mhz GPU and 150mhz Vram.

Raise 2D clocks to 300mhz GPU and 600mhz Vram.
If that didnt help you can try 500mhz GPU and 1200mhz Vram.
Talking 2D clocks, not 3D


Its a common problem with multiple monitors, just google and see wink.gif

I do have the issue solved for now (I haven't had it happen with my Gigabyte 7950 and 13.2 Beta5 CCC yet) but for future reference, what is the best way to increase 2D clocks? I do see the Core Clock and Memory Clock sliders in MSI Afterburner but I'm assuming those are for 3D clock control.

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This link shows a good guide on how to do it:
http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=117633

You should be able to do it in MSI AB to but i used to do this in CCC when i had a 5870.
Make a second profile in MSI AB (for your 2D clocks) and assign that profile to 2D clocks in MSI AB settings, or something like that it was.......
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Thanks all, and sorry for the delay. I have updated to 13.2 beta 5 and will report back. In the meantime my window to return the card is closing, so I'm going to exchange it juuust incase it is hardware.
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On second thought...I'm going with the 7950. It's $50 more than the 7870, but I know from OP that it will work with my system. And AMD is offering Bioshock and Crysis 3 with it.

I'll have a few days to test the drivers using the 7870 in the meantime though; will let you know how it goes.
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