Originally Posted by $ilent
my bro has a 7850 GPU and to get it to stop artifacting at stock we had to change the TIM and put a huge loud 120mm fan directly on top of the heatsink just to get it to run under 70C. At stock out of the box it ran at 100C.
More trouble that it is worth to even attempt to fix that issue. Should have just RMA/returned/exchanged the card.
Something that I should have taken pictures of when I first bought my 7950. Went to microcenter and picked up the MSI TFIII 7950. Got home, plugged it in, plugged in the 2 6 pin power connectors and went to boot up the system. No display on anything. Tried 3 dif monitors, every connection type i had, including a display port to dvi active adapter. Then after taking the video card out of my system i looked closely at the PC and noticed something very odd.
Look at the right side of the image and notice the large area of solder next to the sticker. On the card I had that solder did not fully cover the pad that is underneath it. Not only did it not cover the entire pad, it was maybe the worst solder job I have ever seen. It was all bumpy and jagged, not rounded and smooth like it should be in the image above. Secondly the 7 large soldered areas on the left side of the card were an identically crappy job. I went to the store and tried to return it. They initially told me no because I had just returned a 7770 when I bought the 7950. Then I took it out of the box and showed them those solder joints. They couldn't refuse it after that. They thought i just wanted to return it not exchange it. Luckily for methey didnt have any other MSI 7950s. From what I have seen lately, they have some very bad QA/QC at that company.
Don't mess with trying to get things to work, or fixing it yourself when it is a BRAND NEW item. Return that mofo and get another of the same card, or demand a different brand, stating you do not trust the quality of brand "x"s parts anymore.