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Gigabyte R9 290 Windforce CF Problems

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I recently built a PC, with two Gigabyte Windforce OC Radeon 290's in Crossfire. For a while, everything was fine and then just recently, I see horizontal lines that flicker all over the screen and then the driver crashes repeatedly then recovers. And, this cycle continues until I have to reboot the computer or I get a BSOD. I have tried everything to get this to stop. I re-installed Windows 7, I re-installed the AMD Drivers many times which included switching between versions, I used "Display Driver Uninstaller" to clean up the drivers then tried re-installing the drivers again, I updated the BIOS on my motherboard, I have tried underclocking the cards, I have turned Crossfire off, I increased the power limit of the cards and the list just goes on. It doesn't seem to matter what I try, the result is always the same. So, now I'm wondering if I should RMA the cards. Does anybody what this could be?

Specs:
CPU: AMD 8350 @ 4.6 Ghz
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
RAM: Kingston Hyper X Memory 8GB (2X4GB) 1600Mhz
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
PSU: EVGA 1000W SuperNova G2 (80+ Gold)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus
post #2 of 26
What temps are you getting. Sometimes the fans of the top gpu will suck heat off the pcb of the bottom gpu and cause overheat on the top gpu
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
Well, idling it is around 35-40 degrees I believe. But, this happens as soon as it gets to the login screen. And, when I do login, it gets worse, to the point where I'm forced to restart.
post #4 of 26
Disable crossfire, some games simply don't like it
post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 
This is the thing though. This happens even when I'm not in game. Plus, I tried doing that and the result was still the same.
post #6 of 26
Try one card at a time. May need to RMA one
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by CravinR1 View Post

Try one card at a time. May need to RMA one

+rep. always test each card first before crossfiring.
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I will do that. However, before I go through the process of doing an RMA, is there anything else I can do?
post #9 of 26
what driver are you using? i suggest 14.2 even if it is beta.

if both cards are still in crossfire, i suggest disabling crossfire first. shutdown and test one card at a time. you don't really have to take the cards all the way out. just remove the bridge and unplug power on the gpu not being tested.

edit: here is how i suggest you reinstall the driver (14.2).

1. Run 14.2 (after disabling crossifre) and choose Uninstall, then reboot.
2. Run 14.2 again but install it. Reboot.
3. Test first card.
4. Shutdown system. unlpug the first plug and plug second card.
4. Test second card. keep it in the same slot just move the cables.

EDIT: my bad. there is no bridge to take off. doh.gif
Edited by rdr09 - 2/27/14 at 3:24am
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Thread Starter 
Ok, I tried the 14.1 drivers but for some reasons my frame rate dropped a lot when I installed them, so I reverted back to the old drivers. I have also come to the conclusion, that the cards are not at fault. I ran both cards (separate of each other) for one hour on the Unigine benchmarks, and I had no problems. I have not tried running them in CF again after this. So, if the cards, on their own, don't look to be at fault, what is the issue here? Sorry for the late reply also.

UPDATE: Just ran the cards in Crossfire and faced the same problem. Tried running Borderlands 1 and it froze and showed various graphical artifacts. After restarting, I got the exact same problem as before.
Edited by ace674 - 3/3/14 at 2:45pm
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