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So here's what's going on guys, I have a 5870 since June 2011, never had any problems with it, played Crysis 2 MP for 2 years without a single driver crash or anything and many other new games. No problems whatsoever.

Here comes Crysis 3 and I've had more driver crashes than I've had the whole time I've had the card. Basically, while playing multiplayer or singleplayer, my GPU driver would crash, sometimes but rarely leading to a BSOD. Nvidia was NOT spared, in fact, they even had more crashes. For a while, no fix, but then people started saying that upping the voltage solved their problem, I was really skeptical then, because it would mean that AMD/Nvidia were selling cards, that don't have sufficient voltage out of the box, so I disputed any claims about the voltage.

After a while, I upped my voltage and sure enough, I've had more stability, but I do still have the problem. Since my setup is already old, I tried increasing the core clock on my 5870 by just 10Mhz, know what happened? Artifacting, really horrible artifacting and just 10mhz above my stock clocks I then quickly alt-tabbed and raised the voltage(it was already raised to 1174 from 1162 default) to the next level(1187mV) and the artifacts disappeared.
I've increased the clocks before, on other games, but never have I had problems...here comes Crysis 3 and it's a better stability test tool than OCCT/Furmark.

Many people actually see these black squares in the game, some are small like 5x5 pixels and are completely black, and others are huge flickering semi-transparent ones. Almost everyone has them, and upping the core clock made them appear constantly, and in high quantities, which I am sure is real hardware artifacting. At first, I thought it was a bug in Crysis 3's DX11 implementation, or a bug in DX11 itself, but in the end I might be wrong.

Is Crysis 3 really this intensive, that it would actually show faults in old and new cards even on stock clocks?

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Moderators, if the thread is not in the right section, please move it to the proper location. It is neither AMD or Nvidia specific.
Edited by farmdve - 3/6/13 at 4:08pm
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Hello, what you are experiencing is what i had with Crysis 2.

I could play ALL games stable on my OC, Metro 2033, Battlefield 3, Furrmark, 3Dmark, everything...

But then i played crysis 2, and memory was to high, gave it black screen after anything from 10 to 30minutes,
but i also had to drop my core 25mhz because i had visual artifacts. wink.gif
(on my hd6950)
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I played Crysis 2 for two whole years, never had a single artifact. I did get the black squares in Crysis 2 when I did a little stupid experiment and swapped the DX11 and DX9 dlls(CryRenderer3D9.dll etc) and then I was having the black squares, but that was pretty much it

In Crysis 3, I do get artifacts, and upping the core reveals them in plain sight, all of them and horrible flickering and everything, up the voltage, they go away...never had I had this problem on stock settings, moreover needing to increase the stock voltage.
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most probably, amd has concentrated the driver optimization for the newer 7000 series and left out the older but still strong cards
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Crysis 3 INDEED the best and next big stability test software on planet smile.gif really.. If youre stable on this then youre stable on everything
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