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flashing bios I have never done before so I'm not sure how. Im sure I can find the current bios info somewhere though somewhere
post #12 of 65
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yes but I KNOW the bios is old in the other system and that may be of some problem.
Edited by JinxyJ08 - 3/4/13 at 3:46pm
post #13 of 65
For me personally, I am on my fourth XFX 7970 DD Ghz Edition. (Three in a row defective) XFX cards are the most unreliable you can ever purchase in your lifetime. You're honestly better off trying to make your own graphics card. If you do some research about XFX on Google, you will see how horrible their hardware is, also their customer support. I am speaking strictly from my own experience. Spent $60+ on RMA shipping on top of the original $460 for the card.
Try to avoid XFX cards and you will be happ
post #14 of 65
Sounds like a driver issue to me. It's HIGHLY and I mean HIGHLY unlikely that you'd get three defective cards in a row.
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Right but if it were drivers why would the other 7970's work fine then and the XFX suck so badly?

I think itzhughie is right, I went and read a bunch of user reviews and people just hate these cards once they get tehm. its like 80 hate them 10 love them and the other 10 are fine either way.
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Right but if it were drivers why would the other 7970's work fine then and the XFX suck so badly?

I think itzhughie is right, I went and read a bunch of user reviews and people just hate these cards once they get tehm. its like 80 hate them 10 love them and the other 10 are fine either way.

Try other drivers to eliminate that possibility.

13.1 WHQL is your best bet, try it and report back. Do complete uninstall before.
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I'm on my third bad 7970 from Asus......... I'm alleviating the issue by having two 140mm fans blow directly at the gpu and having the side panel off, the cooler just doesn't make enough contact and my temps are about 20C higher than they should be. I have a TT water 2.0 Pro and a Dwood bracket incoming to be rid of the stock cooler and alleviate the issue that way while hopefully letting me up the volts and OC. So while I would say yes it's possible most of the time it's user error/drivers. In your case you say the reference card work golden so I would say might just be terrible luck.
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It's not impossible. I went through 4 bad 7970's in a row with Sapphire, and the 5th one that worked also had the most horrendous coil whine I've heard on anything yet. After that I then went through 2 7970 Lightnings before ending up with the 680 Lightning I have now. All had different issues, but in the end all were defective. Sometimes, life hits you with the whole lemon tree.
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post #19 of 65
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Well even on the reference 7970 i got two blue screens about ati something.

I might actually uninstall all the drivers and reinstall a GTX 680 4gb card and say eff AMD. I have never had so many problems.

On a side note the other drivers did nothing.
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Sometimes, life hits you with the whole lemon tree.

Haha this made me lol. Totally agree. Today I destroyed my 3570k with an extremely tiny nick when delidding and then bent my socket pins on my MOBO with the socket protector. $400 gone in 20 minutes. I definetly got the whole lemon tree. Thank you for making me laugh. I needed that.

Off topic, sorry. Anyways I would say it is rare, but possible. Just eliminate every possible issue before deciding they are defective.
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