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Allright. I just purchased my Twin Frozr II from NewEgg as an open box item. I did not over clock it yet, and was playing Black Ops when about 10 mins into the game it started to artifact and glitch. I had FRAPS running in the background (not rec) and seemed to avg 45 or so FPS Max detail at 1680x1050.

I downloaded, and ran the Vantage Trial and my overall Vantage score was 17k. While my GPU score was only 14k and change. . . That seems to be about 3k too low. Could it be my CPU that is holding me back? I had MSI Afterburner running in the background with a custom fan profile. It never went above 62°C. It was also artifacting on only 1 bench in Vantage (asteroid belt).

I ran the MSI Kombustor (Stock settings) and it averaged out at 516FPS after running for 15 mins. It never went above 62° C and it did not artifact.

After playing with it I went ahead and decided to over clock it a little. Unlocked the Voltage, bumped it up to 1.025 and the pushed the core to 850, memory to 1750. I made the fan profile a little more aggressive and it never went above 68°C. I only ran the Kombustor and it AVG’d out at 606 FPS.

Today I will reset the card to stock speed and simply bump the voltage to see if that will affect the artifacting. I will also over clock my CPU some more to see if that will affect my GPU score.

If it continues to artifact I will send it in for RMA.

What are your guises thoughts?
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post #2 of 8
It was open box for a reason.

Truth is bumping the voltage might only be a temporary fix.
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If it artifacts at all, you should RMA it. It being overclocked really doesn't have anything to do with a factory defect like artifacting.
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I would think that I someone purchased a defective card they would RMA it. Not return it to NewEgg and pay the restocking fee if there is one. . . But then again some people just don’t care I guess.

If that’s the way you guys feel then I’ll just RMA it today.
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Yeah RMA it. Once done get a brand new card if you can.
 
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post #6 of 8
Graphics cards are proabably best not gotton open box but everything I've gotton has worked fine.

I would say most returns are because 1. Incompatibility/User error. 2. Didnt overclock well or 3. Decided they werent satisfied with the product for the price.
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1st your vantage score are normal for an AMD system..do not compare scores of same vga cards running on an Intel system..

2nd artifact causes may be lack of voltage or excess heat..i own 2 GTX470's and had no problem with them running on either 1 or SLI config under 0.975v on Core..with stock speeds..maxing out around 76c when playing(reference design cards)

3rd try to email support for MSI maybe your card needs a newer BIOS to fix things up..do not jump to exaggeration or other hasty feelings..its always a virtue to have patience..

else an RMA option is a clear path for you..well anyways its a nice card..

HTH
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Well then. I’ll shoot them an email and see if they can help me out before I RMA it then. Might as well try to fix it right? But I’m not going to flash the bios or anything as that would void the warranty.

As for the Vantage score. I kind of figured it was the CPU but wasn’t too sure. I’ll have to see if I can’t get my CPU to 4ghz and see how that affects it.
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