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I've noticed that my frames have dropped for all sorts of games, and now I have various graphical anomalies (ripples across the screen during game cinematics, during gameplay, etc.) and more recently, notifications that my graphics drivers had failed and needed to be reset. I've rolled back to numerous different versions (I recently reformatted, about two months ago, so everything else is totally fresh), as well as upgrading to the latest beta and the issue persists.

There's slightly better performance with crossfire disabled, but the issue persists through this as well.

I have never overclocked these cards.
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As always, I appreciate all the feedback I've gotten. You guys are great.

I'll take it from here. thumb.gif
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I'd say check both cards separately in slot 1
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Sounds like its time to condone them to a life of servitude in 'The Beast'. I would just upgrade to a better single card solution at this point and let the cards last legs be in some coins.
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A single 280x should do the trick, and they were on sale on newegg for 350 a day or 2 ago.
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post #6 of 13
Try rma if the problem is present on both cards probably they give you another cards
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Originally Posted by Kaltenbrunner View Post

I'd say check both cards separately in slot 1

I'll do that sometime this week.

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Sounds like its time to condone them to a life of servitude in 'The Beast'. I would just upgrade to a better single card solution at this point and let the cards last legs be in some coins.

To be honest, the 5870 has been one of the best cards I've ever owned. The Beast is still used for gaming, keeping up with StarCraft II, Diablo 3, and Battlefield with ease.

I have to admit that the CrossFire performance with games that allow it, has been less than stellar with these cards. The cons of now having two cards that could go wrong totally outweighs any "benefit" that may be perceived for gaming. With regard to any kind of rendering and what not, the increase hasn't been stellar either.

On my next build, I will likely stick to just a single card, and I may have to move away from ATI once again (I think both Nvidia and ATI have their issues, so I'm not thrilled with either at the moment).

With VSync disabled on the 5870, SCII defaults to "Extreme" and never drops below 40FPS on the most populated custom maps.

On this, with or without CrossFire, I've actually had FPS drops into the teens!!! The effect of FPS drops are lessened with xFire is off, but the newest "profiling" system from ATI wants to optimize everything to Medium.

On Battlefield 4 with the 40X scope, the FPS drops down into the single digits when zooming in, I know to expect a drop, but not like this.
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When is the last time you cleaned your cards?
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When is the last time you cleaned your cards?

Three weeks ago.

Dust can build up here, especially with a dog and cat, so I clean the computer out once every two months, that includes pulling the cards and giving them a good clean (in anti-static, safe way, of course).
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When is the last time you cleaned your cards?

Three weeks ago.

Dust can build up here, especially with a dog and cat, so I clean the computer out once every two months, that includes pulling the cards and giving them a good clean (in anti-static, safe way, of course).
I got dogs and clean my PC once every 3 weeks to a month. You might consider doing it monthly.
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