Yes, especially in YT vids, i have noticed they did go to more HD vids, but simply put, this little bit more of resolution (720 vs 480) does not justify the running at max clockspeeds at all since the GPU load stays quasi 0% all the time, so really no need at all to have it running at max 3d clockpseeds while watching video. I do as i allways did, watching vids in IE11.
Now nothing else changed on this machine and it did't need those high clockspeeds before to do the video playback (HD or not).
I simply find this no excuse to have clockspeeds go up while cooling stays down. A graphics card hitting 80°c while watching mere video is total BS in my opinion.
80°c just because it's clockspeeds are maxed out and no coolerfan speed-up (stays at 20% fanspeed) because of no gpu load measured by amd's build in powercontrol tool (or whatever they call it).
what is with AMD, they really want to set the world on fire ? and i do mean that litteraly.
i can say that while watching YT 720 resolution vids goes with a memory clockspeed of 1250MHz continuesly (does not come down during watching) and when i look at 1080p vids, the GPU clock goes to around 800Mhz aswell (while gpu load stays at 0% also), totally not needed at all. It never did that before and i could watch any HD 1080p without problems at the low idle clockspeeds of 300/150MHz and consequent low temperature of 44°C (the normal idle temp).
So why AMD ? i consider this to be a quick and lazy driver designing issue. Nowhere near optimized at all for a topline card like a 290X at all. If AMD think this will make me move to a new card sale , they are failing at marketing dreams. The same problem in all of tech business today, they create new things while the old ones are still not optimized. Only thing that counts is sales , sales and sales. Product quality, customer satisfaction...terms that are considered a dreadfull disease these days.
Edited by cplifj - 8/17/16 at 8:01am