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Hi guys. I'm having what I see as a small problem in pretty much every game I'm playing at the moment. I have a 7970 with a mild overclock. I've tried running games with and without overclocking, numerous drivers and the problems always persist.

Without a video it's a little tough to explain but I will have a go. Basically when I look at far away textures they flicker/flash/shimmer. It's only ever happens when my character is moving.

Examples are -

SWTOR - The ingame AA seems to be the problem in this game. Trees, grates, fences and objects flicker like mad. The only way I've made this go away is forced 4x Super-sampling which isn't ideal with Biowares nightmare engine.

Farcry 3 - Looking through a sniper scope, far away textures flicker away. Looking at water whilst moving has the same annoying effect. It's not screen tare or artifacing, it's just the annoying flicker/shimmer effect again. Approaching the Medusa ship mission caused my eyes to bleed. The ship was just a mass of flickering edges rather than graphical glitches.

Dishonoured - Same sort of thing here. Again, using Super-sampling helps out with it.

Skyrim - Hair flickers and distant landscapes like mountains do it in some cases.

BF3 - It annoys me massively in this game. I can happily run everything in Ultra and the flickering from fences, some buildings and far away hills really bugs me. Again, looking through a scope I can see flashing buildings, fences and trees.

Heaven Benchmark - This might give you all the best idea of my problem. The way ropes, edges of the ship and other textures flicker, is what I'm seeing replicated in most games.

My question is, is this normal for each of these games? If it is how can I, if I can help alleviate it?

It's not game breaking as such and it's definitely not my graphics cards fault as I have had a few different 7970s. I've seen proper graphical glitches before as a result of overheating or bad drivers, so I know it's not that.

It's just a frustrating issue that is slightly ruining my enjoyment in these games at the moment. I game at 1200p and for most of the games I've tried numerous different settings to try and help, some have helps liked the super-sampling some haven't.

Any help or being able to put my mind at rest that this is pretty normal these days would be appreciated. It could simply be my OCD playing up and I'm sort of looking for these AA or texture anomalies.
post #2 of 4
Please provide screens or videos.

What you describe as mountain flickering in Skyrim is known bug which is not related to driver or AMD graphics. its known as Z-Fighting and its present on Nvidia graphics as well.

i can recommend to you following:

1. Have one older engine which is flicker free. Use this one to measure flickering according to overclocking.
2. Google for known graphical glitches in games.
3. If possible have secondary graphic card (or friend with completely different computer) to check if its present or not on different HW OS.
4. Patch everything. Game, windows, and try newest drivers. Results vary a lot.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks. After googling this Z-Fighting thing it seems to be my issue definitely. Sadly it seems to be an issue that is very difficult to solve. I will try and carry out some more research this afternoon.

I will follow your advice to see if I can minimise the issue. I've owned 3 different 7970s and each one has had the same issue, so it's not the physical card at least.
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Thanks. After googling this Z-Fighting thing it seems to be my issue definitely. Sadly it seems to be an issue that is very difficult to solve. I will try and carry out some more research this afternoon.

I will follow your advice to see if I can minimise the issue. I've owned 3 different 7970s and each one has had the same issue, so it's not the physical card at least.

I've owned Three 7970's as well all with the same issues, I'm currently noticing it in Tomb Raider 2013 and Crysis 2
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