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I finished putting together a new build today with a reference MSI 6950 2gb. The first thing I did was install the new 11.4 preview drivers, and after reboot I had lots of artifacting consisting of randomly placed and colored pixels and groups of pixels. I then uninstalled all drivers, rebooted into safe mode, ran Driver Sweeper, rebooted, installed the stable 11.2 drivers, and had the same problem. I did the whole process again with the 10.12 drivers with no change, so I don't think it is a driver problem.

Now, as time goes on the artifacting becomes worse and you start getting flashing pixels and other flashing on parts of the screen. Interestingly, if you load into a game (I tried Black Ops), you get much worse artifacting for 10-20 seconds and then all of it goes away, and stays gone even after quitting the game.

I have tried to find similar situations but my searching skills must be weak The only thing I have found is mention of cards doing this because of overheating VRAM that cools off once the fans ramp up under load, but I would rather have a card with no flaws, especially since you spend so much time on the desktop without much GPU load.

So, what do you guys think, bad card? Return it for another? Thanks for any help!
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Return it asap is the obvious solution no?
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Return it asap is the obvious solution no?
In my eyes, yes, but I don't have the wealth of experience of some here so I thought I should ask in case I'm missing something obvious
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Artifacting out of the box? Return.
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I'd do a driver sweep and drive a different set of drivers first or up the voltage or downclock with afterburner to see if it makes any difference.

Edit: also, post your system specs
Edited by 7ranslucen7 - 3/25/11 at 10:47am
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I'd do a driver sweep and drive a different set of drivers first or up the voltage or downclock with afterburner to see if it makes any difference.

Edit: also, post your system specs
As I mentioned, I tried 3 sets of drivers (11.4, 11.2, and 10.12), and I also did try downclocking which I didn't mention. The system specs are:

CPU: i5 2500k
MB: MSI P67a-GD55
RAM: 8gb G.Skill 1600mhz 9-9-9 1.5v
PSU: 650w XFX XXX edition
Cooler: CM Hyper 212+
HD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
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That's a nice system. It should not be the PSU or any other component causing the issue. I would just RMA the GPU. The new one should fix your problems.
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post #8 of 18
Download afterburner, and bump the voltage up a tad, you should RMA it asap but if its the card, that should fix the artifacts

Or if temps are too high due to a poorly seated heatsink. You should RMA it anyways
    
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Unless it is prohibitive to you to return it,I would.If it is a hassle-try setting the fan to a min. of 50% and see if that helps.Now-let's be honest here,are you sure you didn't try flashing to 6970 bios? Not fair to the manufacturer's rep if you did and you are trying to hide it.
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I just got one from MSI too. I'm glad I didn't get that one. What kind of power supply do you have? It's probably fine.

I say with 95% confidence that it's a bad chip. Send it back ASAP.
    
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