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Hm... You don't have Afterburner/TriXX installed, do you?

I got horrible screen tearing with any of those under 12.11b drivers and posterior releases (13.x included). They mess up with the memory clocks so it keeps jumping back and forth and tearing the screen.

Regardless, if you've got a dual BIOS board the best solution is to update the memory clocks in the BIOS so from low power 2D to high performance 3D the memory doesn't change the clocks.

Btw, have you contacted Thracks here on OCN (Catalyst Dev team rep) for the issue? It might be something they are looking into.
   
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Originally Posted by JinxyJ08 View Post

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.

Well BSOD's like that are usually a driver problem. Then again, the universe may be doing to you what it did to me and deciding a 7970 is not in your future. As far as I can tell one of three things are happening:

1) You are not destined to have a 7970 and all the cards are defective

2) Something keeps corrupting your drivers somehow

3) Your PSU is giving out, and these issues are a byproduct

I wish I could tell you right off which one it is, but over all the years that I've built and owned PC's for others and myself, I've experienced all three before and it's really hard to pin without extensive testing.
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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.

I was actually in that thread earlier. I didn't post (mostly because I know jack all about delidding, never had a reason to learn) but I feel for ya. It's not exactly the same, but way back in the day I destroyed a PSP once attempting to mod it. I was too careless with my soldering and it got where it shouldn't. Caused a short and that's all she wrote for that handheld.

So I'm glad I was able to make you chuckle at least. Sounds like life used one of it's premium ultra-sour lemon trees in your case. I hope things get better for you. Maybe Karma will come back around and give you a 5GHz chip you don't even need to delid next time.
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Sometimes, life hits you with the whole lemon tree.

LOL.

But hey this does remind me of an issue I had in the past with a 6950 and my old ASUS motherboard (for C2D CPUs, cant remember the model #)
Wouldn't even boot up. PSU was sufficient (I'm still using the exact same PSU now to power my new 7970).
So I had to do a ton of digging around, and it turns out my motherboard did not provide enough power via the PCIe slot for that particular card.

I'm not saying that this is the issue you're having, but its just an example of how the most obscure things that really SHOULDN'T be a problem are the problem.
If its still possible, could you return the XFX cards and just grab some reference 7970s that you already know works with your setup?
XFX cards arent reference PCB anymore by the way, so who knows what else they might have messed with.
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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.


I wouldn't want to be at that lemon party buttkick.gif
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This should be a lesson in why you avoid revised and altered pcbs.
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This should be a lesson in why you avoid revised and altered pcbs.

....reading your rig, you actually have an xfx BE don't you?
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This should be a lesson in why you avoid revised and altered pcbs.

....reading your rig, you actually have an xfx BE don't you?


Not one like yours obviously. Mine is a true reference card. All xfx cards past May 2012 are revised and the revisions have only gotten worse.
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Ohh ok makes sense.

So then what card would be recommended? I was looking at the Sapphire Vapor-X model but it seems to be a HUGE cooler that has a large amount of sag and that is never good. I see there are still some MSI Lightning's able to be purchased. What to get?
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This is the response from an expert (raghu78) in an other thread.
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OP the HIS HD 7970 iceq x2 ghz edition is one of the best HD 7970 cards. AMD reference HD 7970 PCB design. dual 8 pin power connectors. more power phases than reference. better stability and lower temps for extreme voltage overclocking. unlocked voltage and good cooler. card measures 311mm long. your haf x case can supports upto 342 mm length

http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-726.shtml

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,2.html
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/59265-his-hd-7970-iceq-x-hd-7950-iceq-x-review-13.html

here is the card for 380 euros
http://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/info/p810278_3072MB-HIS-Radeon-HD-7970-IceQ-X2-GHz-Edition-Aktiv-PCIe-3-0-x16--Retail-.html

sapphire cards also have unlocked voltage and are good options.

Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz vapor-x (1050 mhz)
http://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/info/p807172_3072MB-Sapphire-Radeon-HD-7970-Vapor-X-GHz-Edition-Aktiv-PCIe-3-0-x16--Full-Retail-.html

Sapphire HD 7970 OC(1000 mhz)
http://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/info/p807172_3072MB-Sapphire-Radeon-HD-7970-Vapor-X-GHz-Edition-Aktiv-PCIe-3-0-x16--Full-Retail-.html

both cards use a custom design. the vapor-x has dual 8 pin power connectors. in terms of cooling the dual x seems to be quieter than vapor-x.
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