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post #11 of 34
RMA it, Newegg RMA is painless and fast. thumb.gif
post #12 of 34
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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.
post #13 of 34
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The hottest my 7950 has ever been is close to 65*....so that isn't the issue. I was on the phone with Newegg, im going to return/rebuy, RMA takes too long.
post #14 of 34
If you have that bad of artifacts at stock speeds and your sure the voltage is set right, yes RMA it.
    
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post #15 of 34
It's really funny as out of the 3 cards I recently bought the one that had issues stock by far oc's way better than the other 2. I hit 1324/1740 with it and the other 2 struggle to hit 1200 core.

My first reaction was RMA but after upping the power limit I'm sure glad I didn't thumb.gif
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Do you have any issues coming out of hibernate? Everytime i come from hibernate i get these issues, and I have to reboot -.-

Idk if I should just return it and get a new one and be without a card for a while, or just boost the power limiter up (its at 20%, im having no more issues, havent tried hibernate)

Also, my ULPS is off, as...its usually always on hibernate when I dont use it
post #17 of 34
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Do you have any issues coming out of hibernate? Everytime i come from hibernate i get these issues, and I have to reboot -.-

Idk if I should just return it and get a new one and be without a card for a while, or just boost the power limiter up (its at 20%, im having no more issues, havent tried hibernate)

Also, my ULPS is off, as...its usually always on hibernate when I dont use it
post #18 of 34
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Do you have any issues coming out of hibernate? Everytime i come from hibernate i get these issues, and I have to reboot -.-

Idk if I should just return it and get a new one and be without a card for a while, or just boost the power limiter up (its at 20%, im having no more issues, havent tried hibernate)

Also, my ULPS is off, as...its usually always on hibernate when I dont use it

If your asking me I currently have no issues at all. I usually leave my pc on and it goes in and out of hibernation w/o any problem.

I understand everyone telling you to RMA, but like I explained before having a card not running correctly turned into blessing. Try upping the power limit and see what happens. Your card may oc like mine. The only one that can decide to rma is you.
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post #19 of 34
Even if raising the power limit helps, I would still RMA the card. There might be trouble further down. Try OCing it to see if you're lucky like bigmac11. biggrin.gif
The card shouldn't have any issues with its stock settings.
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post #20 of 34
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If your asking me I currently have no issues at all. I usually leave my pc on and it goes in and out of hibernation w/o any problem.

I understand everyone telling you to RMA, but like I explained before having a card not running correctly turned into blessing. Try upping the power limit and see what happens. Your card may oc like mine. The only one that can decide to rma is you.

Well, turning it up to 20% does get rid of all problems, even out of hibernate it works fine. I can OC to about 1250mhz at 1280 mV, but usually stic with 1100 at stock...yes stock 1168mv. What I don't get, is once I OC too high, and get artifacts from insufficient voltage, if I restore everything to stock settings....I still get artifacting, as if nothing changed. Have to reboot to get rid of it. As long as I know the limits this card seems fine with +20% voltage. Ill keep it for now, that free 2day shipping is good for 7 days, so ill see how it works.
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