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Twin Frozr 290x artifacts at stock clocks?

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Well, this is getting a bit out of hand.

I have an MSI Twin Frozr 290x and I am getting artifacts in games, despite the card being at stock clock speeds. I have only noticed this issue in Battlefield 4 and GTA V, however those are also the only two demanding games I have played in a while. The issue has been going on for a while, but it is getting worse. Initially, I noticed one or two artifacts after hours of play, I just figured it was related to something else or perhaps it wasn't even there and I was just seeing things. However, it is getting significantly worse, starting as soon as 20 minutes from when I start the game and I see one flicker every minute or so.

I checked the temperatures of the card, it does not seem to be getting hot enough to where it would throttle (I tend to max out at 83-88c after a few hours of gaming, depending largely on the ambient temp). The VRMs tend to sit at 75-80c for VRM 1 and 65-70c for VRM 2, so I doubt there is an issue there. The card, and computer as a whole, tends to run a bit hot (as I mentioned earlier, maxing at 83-88c) because it sits under my desk in a rather confined area. In an attempt to combat this, I re-pasted the GPU with Arctic MX-4 and I manged to shave off a couple degrees, but nothing major. I am going to be implementing an exhaust for my desk to help reduce temperatures as a whole, but for now there is no such system. Also, I am using a Cooler Master V1000 PSU, so power delivery should not be an issue, at least I would assume.

The case I am using is a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe with a front 200mm fan as an intake, blowing effectively directly at the card (I have the hard drive cages removed too), a 140mm at the top blowing down toward the card, and a 140mm rear exhaust (all fans at 100%). Also, all the intakes are filtered and I clean them fairly regularly, so there is not too much dust accumulation inside the case (plus I just blew it out earlier today, very little dust was in the card, and the situation overall is still the same).

The card has never really been overclocked, shortly after getting the card I wanted to see what it was capable of and I was not able to get it much beyond 1050MHz, so I figured I just got a crappy overclocker (perhaps I got poor stock, and it is just deteriorating with time?). I also never really mined bitcoins with this card, however after getting the card I wanted to see what kind of hash-rates I would be able to get and was extremely underwhelmed (especially considering the numbers others where reporting).

The framerate seems to be a little lower in Battlefield 4, and I do seem to be getting a bit more stuttering, however, I think that this can be attributed to the fact that I removed my CPU overclock to help diagnose this issue. I have been using the 15.7.1 drivers when I noticed this, however I just updated to the 15.11 Beta drivers and noticed some artifacting after about 30 minutes in Unigine Valley.

My specs are as follows:
MSI Twin Frozr R9 290x
FX8350 @ Stock
16GB RAM @ 1600MHz (stock)
Samsung 850 Evo 1TB
Crosshair Formula Z

What should my next move be? Should I attempt to contact MSI and arrange an RMA, or am I somehow just overlooking something major? I did remove the cooler from the card when I re-pasted, will MSI give me crap about this, or will I still be able to RMA?

I tried to include as much information as possible, but if you need anything else, let me know.

Thanks!
post #2 of 6
how much voltage is it using? it could be a defective card
Edited by PontiacGTX - 11/9/15 at 9:03am
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I had a similar issue with my 7970 Lightning BE before. At first I just ignored because I thought it was the game that is causing it, until it gets worse. Contacted MSI for RMA and they replaced the card with another one. The replacement card has 0 issues with it. Problem solved.
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how much voltage is it using? it could be a defective card

I am using whatever the stock voltage is. Whenever I enable voltage control in MSI Afterburner it defaults to +13mV, so I guess that is what I am using.
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I had a similar issue with my 7970 Lightning BE before. At first I just ignored because I thought it was the game that is causing it, until it gets worse. Contacted MSI for RMA and they replaced the card with another one. The replacement card has 0 issues with it. Problem solved.

Yea, I think I am going to end up contacting MSI, I just hope they don't give me crap about removing the cooler.
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check with gpuz
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I seem to be sitting at 1.125-1.133v for the most part after a few minutes in Valley, and I am maxing as high as 1.156v.
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