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Well, that's amazing. What company? Sapphire? (read your Sig, XFX cards)

That's a pretty darned good advertisement for whoever made those cards. Glad it worked out for you man. Those are damn expensive cards.
I got an email saying the RMA will take no more than 10 days. I just got another email saying the RMA can take up to 20 days or more. I've gone mad at them. Waiting for an answer atm.
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So, is it possible, there might be some minuscule flaw with my Diamond 6950, perhaps a bad memory sector that only gets touched once a week or so... or maybe something else?

Is it possible my 6950 is pulling too much power from my old Thermaltake Tr2 RX 850? I've been told in the past that this is not a true 850wt PSU as Tt advertises, but actually a 750wt thats Tt passes of as an 850... it handled my 5850 just fine and before that it ran a single GTX 275...

Though I know, many people here have been running 6950's and 6970's just fine on smaller 750wt PSU's...

Anyone got any thoughts on this odd black screen with white lines lock up?
Hey

I am running a 6950 and a 6970 on a Corsair AX750, so I really doubt your PSU is having an issue with the 850 even if it is over rated.

For a decent test of your video card, flick the switch back to the 6950 setting and run it for a week that way. If you don't get any more problems then you could be looking at some bad shaders (6950 has less shaders) or perhaps the RAM on the card will not handle the 6970 speed or timings.

Another thing you can do is increase the speed of your GPU fan. When I first got my 6950 I noticed it ran quite hot but wasn't too bad. When I got my 6970 I thought they would have increased the fans speed to compensate for the higher clocks but they didn't and the 6970 ran even hotter than the 6950 does.

So, first I tried Trixx to change the speed/temp ramp, and although I love that software for its simplicity it would not allow adjustments to two cards.

So, I have installed Afterburner and I have adjusted the fan ramp for both cards to be exactly the same. The fans now run faster at lower temps, and even faster at higher temps. I knocked between 5 and 10c off the max temps just by increasing the fans speeds at the cost of more noise.

You could try using Trixx to increase your fan ramp and see if the cooler temp stops the problem.

A last resort would be to track down the correct BIOS for your card, but one that has been modded to unlock the shaders and increase the clock speeds without altering the voltages or timing of the GPU memory. This would be a decent test to see if the memory timing or voltages were causing the problem.

Finally, you could install the correct BIOS and just overclock it without unlocking the extra shaders. This will tell you for sure if the shaders were the problem.
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So after running a few tests with Memtest to check my RAM, which has never had any problems... I decided that testing all this stuff thats never caused me issues was getting tedious, so I just took my 6950 out of the case and put it back into its box, and took it back to Frys.

They told me they would be willing to do an even Exchange, and let me go pick a new card off the shelf.

When I went to go pick it, I saw that they had two other Diamond 2GB 6950's on the shelf. One of them had another sticker on the box denoting it was also an Open Box, mine didnt' have one of those stickers though it was clearly an open box...

The other one, had no sticker and was clearly a new box so I picked that one.

Got home and opened the box and what do I discover?

A brand new Diamond Radeon HD6950 card, WITH, the dual bios switch like the original...

BUT.

This one has a non-reference fan design on it. This one has dual fans on it, similar to the Twin Frozr series, or some of the Sapphires with dual fans. Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it would appear that Diamond is now producing their 2GB 6950 models WITH the dual bios switch, and a new non-reference fan design... while all the others who have non-reference fan designs do NOT include the dual bios switch!

Not sure if there is any other difference between this one, and the other one... I googled for info on Diamond 6950's with non-reference designs and couldn't find much info about them so this is probably something new that Diamond is doing?

I have not done anything with the switch yet.

For now, just testing it as it is out of the box... and if there is any flashing to be done, I want to do it myself. As there was a reason the original was an open box and/or returned to the store in the first place...

Of course, now I'm kicking myself cause I modded my case so the original would fit, as it was just 2mm too long for my case....

The new one is almost a full inch shorter!
     
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Wow, interesting. I can't wait to see if you card will accept a 6970 flash (if you decide to do it).

Are you going to run it stock for a few days to make sure the problem you were having is gone? Interested in your load temps for that card too.
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Wow, interesting. I can't wait to see if you card will accept a 6970 flash (if you decide to do it).

Are you going to run it stock for a few days to make sure the problem you were having is gone? Interested in your load temps for that card too.
1. Yes.. going to keep it running as stock for a bit, just to make sure...

2. Yes I am also interested in my Temps on it... Currently using it with Second Life while typing this on my other PC... Fans are on Auto running at 35 - 40 percent and they're damn near silent compared to 40% on the original card with its reference fan model... Current Temp is about 54c; which in my opinion is about 10 degrees lower then it normally is while I run Second Life.. and I'm in a Sim that I built using some higher quality textures.

I have not, yet tested it with FurMark, 3dMark, or Heaven.... but plan to later tonight or tomorrow.

Also... as a Stock Card... using MSI Afterburner, I have found that I can over clock it up to 950 on the Core Clock, from a stock 800; while the memory can be run up to 1350 on AB.

The original card, set as a stock 6950 would only OC up to 840 core, from the stock 800...

While switched to the 6970 bios on the switch, it would OC up to 950 from 880...

So already the new one seems better then the original. Who knows though, maybe after its been flashed, that will change...
     
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Can anyone tell me why Scan.co.uk are telling me that XFX RMA will take 20 days?
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Can anyone tell me why Scan.co.uk are telling me that XFX RMA will take 20 days?
So far Scan.co.uk are being complete dicks - my PSU is clicking and they're ignoring my emails. The only person I've managed to reach on the phone is 'Mark' who is an ass and treats me like an idiot.

It's a massive shame as I've been really impressed with their service so far, but it appears that if something goes wrong they turn ignorant.
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So far Scan.co.uk are being complete dicks - my PSU is clicking and they're ignoring my emails. The only person I've managed to reach on the phone is 'Mark' who is an ass and treats me like an idiot.

It's a massive shame as I've been really impressed with their service so far, but it appears that if something goes wrong they turn ignorant.
Did you go into the scan support page and write a message?
https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/sup...px?QueryType=R

If you just did a email, it might have gone into an inbox that's not being watched.
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So after running a few tests with Memtest to check my RAM, which has never had any problems... I decided that testing all this stuff thats never caused me issues was getting tedious, so I just took my 6950 out of the case and put it back into its box, and took it back to Frys.

They told me they would be willing to do an even Exchange, and let me go pick a new card off the shelf.

When I went to go pick it, I saw that they had two other Diamond 2GB 6950's on the shelf. One of them had another sticker on the box denoting it was also an Open Box, mine didnt' have one of those stickers though it was clearly an open box...

The other one, had no sticker and was clearly a new box so I picked that one.

Got home and opened the box and what do I discover?

A brand new Diamond Radeon HD6950 card, WITH, the dual bios switch like the original...

BUT.

This one has a non-reference fan design on it. This one has dual fans on it, similar to the Twin Frozr series, or some of the Sapphires with dual fans. Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it would appear that Diamond is now producing their 2GB 6950 models WITH the dual bios switch, and a new non-reference fan design... while all the others who have non-reference fan designs do NOT include the dual bios switch!

Not sure if there is any other difference between this one, and the other one... I googled for info on Diamond 6950's with non-reference designs and couldn't find much info about them so this is probably something new that Diamond is doing?

I have not done anything with the switch yet.

For now, just testing it as it is out of the box... and if there is any flashing to be done, I want to do it myself. As there was a reason the original was an open box and/or returned to the store in the first place...

Of course, now I'm kicking myself cause I modded my case so the original would fit, as it was just 2mm too long for my case....

The new one is almost a full inch shorter!
That's not a revision 1 board.
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