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So I have had a Sapphire 7950 Dual X for roughly 3 months and it has been a great card except that I am now starting to have some issues. AFter around 3 hours or so of gaming I will start to get some weird blocks and lines shooting across the screen and making the game unplayable. It doesnt affect FPS or anything of that nature but it just looks like hell and I cant play like that.

Managed to get this video last night:

The thing that amazed me the most when I watched the video was that the video was WAY worse than it is while actually playing, twice if not more tessalations, blocks, lines etc.

It has caused crashes before but not always and then it is usually just the game and not the entire pc.

The other strange thing is that when it does cause a crash if I happen to have firefox running in the background It will crash firefox to the point that it will not reload or restart under any circumstance. It will also make any lines of text in Steam look grayed out even though they are not and these will react as I run my mouse over them.

If I restart the computer entirely I can usually get some more time gaming in but the problem tends to come up sooner after about an hour to an hour and a half. Temperatures on all components are not out of line by any means usually 45 ish on CPU and 60 on GPU even after heavy load.

Last night right after taking that video I even fired up Furmark and ran it for about 15 minutes and didnt see anything alarming.

I am also going to find some time this weekend to run memtest86 to see if there are any bad sectors in my ram, but for the time being I am having a ***** of a time getting it to boot from usb.

I think this is all the pertinent info but please ask away and I will provide as much info as possible.
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Is this happening in any other games. I had an odd issue kind of like this and switching from 2560x1440 to 1920x1080 solved the problem but I have no idea why. In your situation if this is happening in other games then... you may have bad memory on the video card itself. Are you overclocked at all on the video card? No reason to run an OC on the card for PayDay 2.
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No OverclockOn The Card And It Has Happened On The First Payday Which Doesn't Help Much. That's Just Mostly What I've Been Playing.

Did Play Some Xcom And Didn't Have The Issue But That's Less Graphically Challenging Than Payday Is.
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no real insight here but have you tried the obvious of updating drivers, different games or leave it running benchmarks for a while if you're got no other or can't be bothered play others? It could just be some weird driver anomaly with payday... have you tried the drivers from Sapphires website rather than ATI or ATI's if you're currently using Sapphires own?

I believe that Sapphire have a good returns policy, could be worth firing an email to them and see what they say... the video is pretty convincing evidence!

If you have another computer it would be useful to try the card in that to see if it really is a problem with the card
 
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