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So just got my 7970's in and installed and love them. Incredibly quiet and way better than my 460's but it seems as if they aren't being used at all.

MSI Afterburner is showing the usage on card 2 at 100% while card 1 bounces all over from 20-40%. Also its showing the core clock at 450mhz, not the 1150 I have set in RadeonPro.

Ok, so now I run MSI Kombustor and it took a second but card 1 hit 99% and jumps from 90-99%. Shut off RadeonPro from trying to OC now, seems it isn't working right.

Main thing here is do any of you have experience in tweaking 7970's in crossfire to get the most out of them in games and what kind of overclocks are you able to get? Just hit 1140mhz with a max temp of 65c.
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Trying Kombustor runs again, both cards start at 30% then one shoots to 99% while the other fluctuates between 0-9%. Getting about 128fps in kombustor (460's sli with 100% usage on both only pulled about 50-60fps).
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So no one on here has any experience with tweaking a crossfire setup? If I run Kombuster (not the button in Afterburner) gpu usage is 99% for both, anything else and gpu1 is at 99% while gpu 0 is all over the place from 0-30%.

Got the cards stable at 1220mhz core clock, anything higher and its not reliable even with increasing the voltage. Anything past 1230 is almost instant driver failure.
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which driver you are using?

since 13.8 beta,(13.8 beta1 and 2 and 13.10beta) there is a bug that 2nd gpu always runs at 99%. disabling ULPS seems to solve that problem.
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which driver you are using?

since 13.8 beta,(13.8 beta1 and 2 and 13.10beta) there is a bug that 2nd gpu always runs at 99%. disabling ULPS seems to solve that problem.

Using 12.10 beta. First time using AMD gpu's so not sure what's different and getting used to using the catalyst control center. Where would I find ULPS? Would anyone recomend different driver? I know older ones have the issues with stuttering though so figured the 13.10 would be best bet.

I know SLi and Crossfire have their issues. Doesn't bother me and I have fun with tweaking. Took me about a month before I got my 460's to where I was happy and it was soooooooo worth it. I know my 7970's are worth it, now it's just a matter of unleashing them.
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13.10 is your best bet as it include frame pacing software. 13.9 WQHL, frame pacing is not included... so better use 13.10 beta.

There is a lot of ways how to disable ULPS.

Software, there is trixx, and MSI afterburner.

Personally, i use this one

http://gigabytedaily.blogspot.com/2012/12/handy-tool-to-disableenable-ulps-ultra.html

there is also this one

http://ulps.achromaticcomputing.com/
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13.10 is your best bet as it include frame pacing software. 13.9 WQHL, frame pacing is not included... so better use 13.10 beta.

There is a lot of ways how to disable ULPS.

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http://gigabytedaily.blogspot.com/2012/12/handy-tool-to-disableenable-ulps-ultra.html

there is also this one

http://ulps.achromaticcomputing.com/

Good to know about 13.10! Might have to grab it for the BF4 beta tomorrow biggrin.gif

I've never had to disable ULPS on my Crossfire setups (6850's and 7950's) either. Like it always just ran fine and I doubt you want to when you can use AMD's Zero core on the second card (Fans/GPU fully turn off).

I'd also suggest MSI Afterburner itself to overclock with. I've never used anything but that and I've never really had many problems.
 
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Yeah I use MSI Afterburner still. Just works so well, I tried Trixx but it felt lackluster and Afterburner provides so much more information. I will try turning off ULPS when I get home and see if that makes a difference.
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Good to know about 13.10! Might have to grab it for the BF4 beta tomorrow biggrin.gif

I've never had to disable ULPS on my Crossfire setups (6850's and 7950's) either. Like it always just ran fine and I doubt you want to when you can use AMD's Zero core on the second card (Fans/GPU fully turn off).

I'd also suggest MSI Afterburner itself to overclock with. I've never used anything but that and I've never really had many problems.

I also want the zero core... but recently, i had problems in which disabling ulps helps (at some point). my 2nd gpu runs 99% all the time. but zero core still kicks in. meaning gpu turn off. thats one thing i like on this vapor x cards as the lights will turn off giving me quick indication that they are off. but then again, when i open web browser (palemoon x64), 2nd gpu runs and immediately it is running 99%. . but, i found out or actually i dont think card is really running 99% cause temps are still almost same as idle temps... i didnt really bother much more i just turn off ulps and 2nd card is always in idle...

anyhow, im glad youre not affected by the bug... it could be software relatdd..

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Yeah I use MSI Afterburner still. Just works so well, I tried Trixx but it felt lackluster and Afterburner provides so much more information. I will try turning off ULPS when I get home and see if that makes a difference.

i agree trixx lack something.. and AB gives more info and a nice graph... one more nice thing about AB is that clocks stay same even you reboot... for trixx, you have to click restore clock after reboot and trixx has to startup... thats one thing i notice...

anyway, trixx is easier to use but msi ab gives you lots of info.. in the end, they are both good with pros and cons in each
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I also want the zero core... but recently, i had problems in which disabling ulps helps (at some point). my 2nd gpu runs 99% all the time. but zero core still kicks in. meaning gpu turn off. thats one thing i like on this vapor x cards as the lights will turn off giving me quick indication that they are off. but then again, when i open web browser (palemoon x64), 2nd gpu runs and immediately it is running 99%. . but, i found out or actually i dont think card is really running 99% cause temps are still almost same as idle temps... i didnt really bother much more i just turn off ulps and 2nd card is always in idle...

anyhow, im glad youre not affected by the bug... it could be software relatdd..
i agree trixx lack something.. and AB gives more info and a nice graph... one more nice thing about AB is that clocks stay same even you reboot... for trixx, you have to click restore clock after reboot and trixx has to startup... thats one thing i notice...

anyway, trixx is easier to use but msi ab gives you lots of info.. in the end, they are both good with pros and cons in each

Yeah, I haven't been gauging whether its working or not based on the graph. I keep an eye on gpu temps, fan speed, etc. Seems like the games want to use the second card (well first actually since its card 0 in AB) but cannot make up its mind. Ill watch the core clock bounce from 300mhz to 1250mhz and the gpu usage is all over the place.
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