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Ok so about a while ago I made a thread about my 5970 fan failing. It ran fine until today. I was playing GTA and I started seeing artifacts one time I started it. I thought maybe there was just something wrong with it because GTA always has problems. Then I tried BFBC2 and it also had artifacts. Then I tried NFS Shift and it also had artifacts. Something is wrong here. I tried reconnecting the wire, trying a different port on the graphics card, taking it out and putting it back in, and re-installing the drivers. Oddly enough, Furmark doesn't get any artifacts but Heaven Benchmark does. I guess its time to RMA. I haven't overclocked in over a month as I didn't see any notable differences in games. I can only show Shift because of poor camera quality and GTA and BFBC2 aren't too noticeable in some places.

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Based on what you've described, I'd say you're correct in assuming its time for an RMA.
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It looks like you went to town with the MS Paint eraser...

I'd definitely RMA it.
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It looks like you went to town with the MS Paint eraser...

I'd definitely RMA it.
Lol I never noticed that. On the other games there's little pluses and texture flickering and white blurred snow looking dots all over the screen. It looks normal on the ice levels of BFBC2 but its on every level.
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Lol I never noticed that. On the other games there's little pluses and texture flickering and white blurred snow looking dots all over the screen. It looks normal on the ice levels of BFBC2 but its on every level.
That may be because you got the special expansion BF: BC2 Canada. It was the less popular of the two. Does the game cover look like this?


But yeah, I'd definitely RMA that card. That's not a good sign.
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Are artifacts sometimes plusses though? I mean they're perfectly shaped green plus signs sometimes.

Why do people say they don't like RMA'ing cards because they get a lower quality card in return?
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Are artifacts sometimes plusses though? I mean they're perfectly shaped green plus signs sometimes.

Why do people say they don't like RMA'ing cards because they get a lower quality card in return?
I'm not sure. All the artifacts I've ever gotten were white specks. I don't know about plusses but it's a possibility.

They don't give you a lower quality card (they can't, you paid for an HD 5970 and by god you're gonna get an HD 5970 back! ). It's just the RMA process isn't the fastest... it's incredibly slow. It'd be best to have a back up card to use while you wait.
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No, I mean like a 5970 with a lower quality fan or cover on it. I don't have a backup card I guess integrated graphics on a MB are good sometimes. I'll be back to my netbook for a while then.
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You should RMA, although with that card it might be a long process...
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I already sent a request. It turns out to be a heat issue? If I can keep the card under 50, all the games run good, but i have to have the fan speed at 60-70 and that's loud. as soon as it passes 50, things start to pop up. Except for Sims 3, that game runs fine all the time but that's probably because there's not much going on in the game.
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