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post #1 of 23
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I think it might be.

I was playing the RIFT Beta and suddenly the game got artifacts everywhere on the screen, and it looked like when the drivers crash and everything freezes and looks messed up but I could still move in-game, so I closed the game and even on my desktop it was all messed up so I did a restart and now it's fine but I'm still scared.

I got the card like 2+ weeks ago, flashed it to 6970 BIOS and overclocks a little bit to 900/1400, I read a lot about the damage it can do to memory so I flashed to Asus 6950 BIOS with unlocked shaders and I did the Asus SmartDoctor overclock enhancement on AMD Overdrive so I could go past the limit and I overclocked to 880/1350.

Should I just go back to my original Sapphire 6950 BIOS and leave it alone? Or return it the store while I'm still in the 30 day window to replace it with them?
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post #2 of 23
where did you buy it?

I would return it.
post #3 of 23
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Maybe it was the new drivers and RIFT. I just played Bad Company 2 for 30 minutes and it was all good, all on high with 8xMSAA and 8xAF. At stock clocks as well.

Bought it at Canada Computers on Jan 8, I have until Feb 8 or so.
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post #4 of 23
Double check, I think CC in store return is 2 weeks. But I could be wrong.
    
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post #5 of 23
Well just keep messing with it until you reach the return date, and if you feel it is still messed up, return it. otherwise keep it.
post #6 of 23
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I just checked the receipt.

It says Warranty: 30 Days (First 15 Days Direct Replacement)
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post #7 of 23
Did you test your overclock with something like OCCT or GPUtool to scan for artifacts? Does this happen on a fresh driver install with no overclock? Are you using 11.1a?
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post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by Snowman1989 View Post
I think it might be.

I was playing the RIFT Beta and suddenly the game got artifacts everywhere on the screen, and it looked like when the drivers crash and everything freezes and looks messed up but I could still move in-game, so I closed the game and even on my desktop it was all messed up so I did a restart and now it's fine but I'm still scared.

I got the card like 2+ weeks ago, flashed it to 6970 BIOS and overclocks a little bit to 900/1400, I read a lot about the damage it can do to memory so I flashed to Asus 6950 BIOS with unlocked shaders and I did the Asus SmartDoctor overclock enhancement on AMD Overdrive so I could go past the limit and I overclocked to 880/1350.

Should I just go back to my original Sapphire 6950 BIOS and leave it alone? Or return it the store while I'm still in the 30 day window to replace it with them?
No big deal mate , your card is fine .. flash it with the sapphire 6970 bios and it will be fine i have had my sapphire 6950 flashed to 6970 and oc 940/1400 for a month now and its great ..
    
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post #9 of 23
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No big deal mate , your card is fine .. flash it with the sapphire 6970 bios and it will be fine i have had my sapphire 6950 flashed to 6970 and oc 940/1400 for a month now and its great ..
this isn't necessarily true. people have been having their 6950's die w/ 6970 bios. the safest way is to use a modded 6950 bios that keeps your stock memory timings and v.
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post #10 of 23
Do not keep the 6970 bios. Switch back to 6950 and hope that you didn't damage anything.
    
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