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So I am pretty new to this stuff and about a month ago upgraded to a Sapphire 7950. About a week ago I started seeing some video problems with models in games "twitching" is probably the best term. The models themselves looked ok but there wer blocks of torso or head that were kind of flickering out of place. Then about 30 minutes ago I was playing Payday: The Heist and started seeing it again. At which point my game sound cut out, mic sound still worked as I was talking to my friend on teamspeak and then the really weird part. The sound made a loud WOOOSH that lasted 5-7 seconds and sounded like a jet taking off. It was loud enough that my friend could hear it over the microphone. My PC is hooked up via hdmi through an Onkyo surround sound system and to an RCA TV for a monitor. Havent had any problems with any of these components and now this is just starting to creep up.

Recently been playing Left 4 Dead and had no issues, Metro: 2033 and dont recall any issues. but it has happened during Payday.

Temps were all in check as processor didnt break 40 and GPU didnt break 60. The CPU is overcocked to 4.1 ghz and cooled with a closed loop system. GPU has no overclock and runs on stock cooling.
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First thing I would start with is making sure all of your hardware has the latest updates. Especially the video card - Get them from AMD's website.

Then make sure Windows is up to date.

If this is only happening in one game, it's not likely a hardware issue. To make sure, get Furmark, run it and look for artifacting



Artifacting is usually a good sign that there is a hardware issue. Look for anything in the image that doesnt look "normal." Artifacts can resemble lots of different abnormalities. This could be the card or the mobo. If you see artifacting, you can try the card in another PCIE slot or try another card in the same slot. Trial and error.
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So I am pretty new to this stuff and about a month ago upgraded to a Sapphire 7950. About a week ago I started seeing some video problems with models in games "twitching" is probably the best term. The models themselves looked ok but there wer blocks of torso or head that were kind of flickering out of place. Then about 30 minutes ago I was playing Payday: The Heist and started seeing it again. At which point my game sound cut out, mic sound still worked as I was talking to my friend on teamspeak and then the really weird part. The sound made a loud WOOOSH that lasted 5-7 seconds and sounded like a jet taking off. It was loud enough that my friend could hear it over the microphone. My PC is hooked up via hdmi through an Onkyo surround sound system and to an RCA TV for a monitor. Havent had any problems with any of these components and now this is just starting to creep up.

Recently been playing Left 4 Dead and had no issues, Metro: 2033 and dont recall any issues. but it has happened during Payday.

Temps were all in check as processor didnt break 40 and GPU didnt break 60. The CPU is overcocked to 4.1 ghz and cooled with a closed loop system. GPU has no overclock and runs on stock cooling.

Taking into account the temps and if you check with furmark and there are no artifacts, and temps don't go above 85ºC, its a problem related entirely to the game. Check on payday related forums for similar cases/solutions. BTW its a horrid game, check other multiplayer games with similar objectives !
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Thanks I did try running furmark and didnt see any signs of artifacts but I didnt run it very long. Any sort of minimum time frame I should shoot for to show artifacting.

Try and hit forums and such see if theres any known issues. It is an older game, and low budget, so for the time being I am definitely open to it being game coding. And for the record I think Payday is a lot of fun and cant wait for the 2nd. I see you like that horrid Big Bang Theory show, you should really check out comedies with similar jokes.
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What driver version are you on, and also, are there known issues with this game and n driver revision?
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I know I'm late to the party but I thought I'd chime in on what I know.

You most likely need to adjust some settings in your CCC. My friend complained about similar issues while playing DOTA 2 on his 6950. He saw artifacts and whatnot but after he adjusted a few settings in his control panel, the game ran buttery smooth after that. It may be anti-aliasing settings that are causing all the flickering and artifacting.

I hope I helped with my suggestion, although more often than not I'm just talking gibberish. rolleyes.gif
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You don't want to go over 70c. That's about the max temperature for that card.

False. 79xx cards don't start throttling until they reach the low-90C range.
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You don't want to go over 70c. That's about the max temperature for that card.

False. 79xx cards don't start throttling until they reach the low-90C range.

I was assuming 100C, but i could be off a little.
 
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