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Hey there OCN:

My reference 7950 has always, and I mean ALWAYS, artifacted to some degree. I bought it in June of last year, and from reading, I thought that I needed to driver-hunt for a bit, and find one that really clicked with my card.

After many many attempts at this, I still see some manner of artifact. At stock clocks (830), or mega-overclocked (1100), it still artifacts, and has consistently done so for the 1.5 years I have owned it. I thought it might be cooling, so recently I threw a Gelid IcyVision on it, complete with vrm and ram heatsinks. No change.

I don't know what I should do about this, as the warranty has lapsed. It artifacts and drops framerate on very simple games like Diablo 3 at 1080 resolution on a 24" monitor, regardless of temp or clockspeed (at 1000 mhz, it runs about 35 degrees and still artifacts).

Should I just replace it? Its the card in Black Sunshine, my rig, and shes in the same config as she is in my sig.
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post #2 of 6
It had a 1 year warranty? Why didn't you RMA it the day you saw artifacts lol.

Of course you replace it, just a shame you didn't do so under warranty.
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Scotty, I realize I was asking for a response like yours, but I was hoping someone maybe knew if there is a test/benchmark I can run to try and find out where the problem is, not that it would really matter or anything. It isn't a huge artifacting problem, and as soon as you see it, it's gone, but it is more intense in some games (Skyrim, New Vegas, etc), and so I can live with it, maybe.

It's just that, so many people told me that it was just a driver issue, and I was wondering if anyone else running the reference 7950 has had a similar problem with performance/artifacts. Also, I'm curious because my i5 3570k/ MSI 7950 rig is outperformed by a friend with a q6600/ 7850. I mean, not so much in benchmarking programs, but in games.
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Hmm, as a rule of thumb artifacts at stock are most often a sign of a defective card.
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COULD be bad memory chip or just a random artifact you see once in a while, no big deal, but some notice it more than others! Also there is no way a Q6600/7850 beats your rig, if it does something is wrong. redface.gif
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Get your friend to loan you his 7850 to check. If you are still getting less performance you got problems elsewhere. If i were you id sell it on craigslist, be up front about it and discount it to match, sure someone would buy it. As for a program to check, i dont think anything like that exists you just have a faulty card mate.
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