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I have just got my r9 290's in Friday. I have had black screens happen for me only when i messed with Overdrive in CCC. Matter of fact once i made some adjustments and enabled overdrive i could reproduce the black screen issue right after boot up within a minute or so. This makes me think this is related to overdrive in my case. I just fiddled with the Fan speed and target temp only. I would also like to add i have 4 r9 290 units in my hands. I also found another way to create black screen but also shutdown my computer. This leads me to believe this is now related temperature and fan/power settings.

I did the following testing so far:

2 way Crossfire with card spaced apart 2 slots. Was able to benchmark and game without issue.

3way crossfire - all cards side by side and was unable to benchmark or game more than 3 minutes at most. Thermal shutdown? Black screens and computer shutdown.

3way CF - i left 2 slots empty in between GPU 1 and 2 and installed 3rd card under the second. This left decent space for cooling for top 2 cards. I was able to benchmark and game for extended periods. However i also ramped up fan speed and target temperature down to 65c and fan speed max to 100%

4way crossfire - unable to do this because my 4th Card is DOA right out of the box. Thank you HIS....

I can say i seriously doubt i can do 4 way crossfire on stock cooling. if 3 way had alot of issues because of heat. I already planned on going water cooled but before i invest in water blocks i wanted to make sure i really like the cards.



Also something else i want to share in regards to temperature and fan speeds. With my settings(CCC overdrive) at Target temp 65C and max fan speed 100% I noticed a trend after benchmarking or gaming. When going to desktop, my fan speed on the GPUs(1st card only if others shutdown at 2d desktop) took a really long time to throttle down. This tells me right away the GPU is holding heat way to long.The top of these cards and sides get extremely hot.
I can feel the heat on the card after a while of being at desktop(2d) Again a stock cooler issue i suspect. I am used to Nvidia cards and they always throttled down almost immediately after a gaming or benchmarking session. I remember when i had 480gtx in 4 way SLI and 3 way SLI, even with them running hot they didn't overheat.
As everyone has already said the stock coolers on the R9's are absolute garbage. I am most likely to keep the video cards however.... They are not without a lot of hassle.
post #32 of 33
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Originally Posted by Scorpion49 View Post

2x 290. I returned my Rampage IV Extreme last night and picked up a Crosshair V Formula-Z and an 8350, I have not had a black screen yet and I've played about 3 hours of Planetside 2.

So the probmel was the Rampage IV Extreme?
BTW was the the motherboard good with 2x 290?
I have Rampage IV Extreme P67 and it only has 2x PCI-E 2.0 X8, I think it gets saturated by 2 R9 290.
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Originally Posted by DeadlyDNA View Post

I have just got my r9 290's in Friday. I have had black screens happen for me only when i messed with Overdrive in CCC. Matter of fact once i made some adjustments and enabled overdrive i could reproduce the black screen issue right after boot up within a minute or so. This makes me think this is related to overdrive in my case. I just fiddled with the Fan speed and target temp only. I would also like to add i have 4 r9 290 units in my hands. I also found another way to create black screen but also shutdown my computer. This leads me to believe this is now related temperature and fan/power settings.

I did the following testing so far:

2 way Crossfire with card spaced apart 2 slots. Was able to benchmark and game without issue.

3way crossfire - all cards side by side and was unable to benchmark or game more than 3 minutes at most. Thermal shutdown? Black screens and computer shutdown.

3way CF - i left 2 slots empty in between GPU 1 and 2 and installed 3rd card under the second. This left decent space for cooling for top 2 cards. I was able to benchmark and game for extended periods. However i also ramped up fan speed and target temperature down to 65c and fan speed max to 100%

4way crossfire - unable to do this because my 4th Card is DOA right out of the box. Thank you HIS....

I can say i seriously doubt i can do 4 way crossfire on stock cooling. if 3 way had alot of issues because of heat. I already planned on going water cooled but before i invest in water blocks i wanted to make sure i really like the cards.



Also something else i want to share in regards to temperature and fan speeds. With my settings(CCC overdrive) at Target temp 65C and max fan speed 100% I noticed a trend after benchmarking or gaming. When going to desktop, my fan speed on the GPUs(1st card only if others shutdown at 2d desktop) took a really long time to throttle down. This tells me right away the GPU is holding heat way to long.The top of these cards and sides get extremely hot.
I can feel the heat on the card after a while of being at desktop(2d) Again a stock cooler issue i suspect. I am used to Nvidia cards and they always throttled down almost immediately after a gaming or benchmarking session. I remember when i had 480gtx in 4 way SLI and 3 way SLI, even with them running hot they didn't overheat.
As everyone has already said the stock coolers on the R9's are absolute garbage. I am most likely to keep the video cards however.... They are not without a lot of hassle.

Can you test each card by itself and see if all 3 cards give black screen?
If they do then it is a software problem as it is unlikely you have 3 defective cards.
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post #33 of 33
This is a cut n paste i posted in the official 290/x owners thread. Just for reference

So i wanted to share a tidbit with everyone. First off obviously i would not recommend anyone try this. I did however disconnect the blower fan on my Stock cooler R9 290 and run a benchmark. I can say without a doubt that in MY case i was able to create a black screen by doing this. It's thermal protection shutting down the card would be my guess.
I reconnected the fan and the video card works fine. So to summarize....


A black screen CAN be caused by thermal/protection of the card.

I would recommend anyone having black screens if they feel brave enough, take apart the card and examine all contacts for heatsink/GPU core and VRMS/Memory. And i am NOT saying all black screens are a single root cause such as this.

Thanks.
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