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AMD 7970 Randomly Jumping Between 300/150 and 500/1500 power states when doing nothing

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I've been having this problem recently with 13.6 beta 2 and the June 21 driver. Prior to a few days ago this problem did not occur with 13.6 beta 2, or at least I never noticed it. I don't understand why the clocks need to jump from 300/150 to 500/1500 when I'm not watching a youtube video or MKV. This is getting annoying because the voltage jumps from 0.846v (300/150) to 0.941v (500/150) and I don't see why the 7970 feels the need to waste the extra energy when I'm literally sitting with Firefox open to a non-flash website or even just sitting at the desktop doing absolutely nothing.



I always do a clean uninstall and install of every driver via the following method:


1. Uninstall via control panel the catalyst control manager and all AMD software
2. Restart and then uninstall via ATIman Uninstaller v7.0.2
3. Use Ccleaner to clean out any extra registry items not caught by ATIman
4. Run DriverSweeper 3.2 to get the last few bits of the drivers completely off of the system
5. Install new driver

Has anyone had this problem with the clocks not staying at 300/150 when they should be?
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That is a good question as Im running the 13.6 Beta 1 and dont have this issue. Course it could be that there is enough 2D stuff going on in your browser that can be accelerated and its jumping the power state up. Try disabling GPU acceleration in your browser and see if that fixes it.

Unless it does it even on desktop then I dont know myself, could be GPUZ issue what does it show in AB?
 
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post #3 of 5
I only had this issue when running windows media player. It clocked to 501 mhz, with barely compensating to voltage, which crashed my graphics card frequently, even though the clocks were rock stable. I stop using WMP and went to VLC, and it barely uses any GPU.
post #4 of 5
when you run any video, your GPU may be involved in decompression process. Unless i enable pure SW codec, my system is using GPU for video decoding too. GPU then clocks to 501Mhz and raises voltage a bit. This is also true with Flash Video in browser. WMP is using Microsoft codec, and this one is really using "gpu assisted decompression".

Never heard about crashing a system/failing GPU driver in such case.

Also if you are using win7 GPU may occasionally clock-up. Especially when you are opening or moving more windows. This is normal behavior.
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Originally Posted by cib24 View Post

I've been having this problem recently with 13.6 beta 2 and the June 21 driver. Prior to a few days ago this problem did not occur with 13.6 beta 2, or at least I never noticed it. I don't understand why the clocks need to jump from 300/150 to 500/1500 when I'm not watching a youtube video or MKV. This is getting annoying because the voltage jumps from 0.846v (300/150) to 0.941v (500/150) and I don't see why the 7970 feels the need to waste the extra energy when I'm literally sitting with Firefox open to a non-flash website or even just sitting at the desktop doing absolutely nothing.



I always do a clean uninstall and install of every driver via the following method:


1. Uninstall via control panel the catalyst control manager and all AMD software
2. Restart and then uninstall via ATIman Uninstaller v7.0.2
3. Use Ccleaner to clean out any extra registry items not caught by ATIman
4. Run DriverSweeper 3.2 to get the last few bits of the drivers completely off of the system
5. Install new driver

Has anyone had this problem with the clocks not staying at 300/150 when they should be?

Couple of things:

1) Do you have your monitor overclocked over 60Hz?
2) Try disabling any GPU acceleration feature withing Firefox.
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