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yes, i know this has briefly been looked into before, but im having a slightly different issue from what is previously discussed. I never get artifacts in bios, windows boot or anything like that. The articfacting only happens after halting GPU load. For example: closing a game, finishing a benchmark, etc.

So, of course, ive run through a couple things to trouble shoot. Here's what I've tried already:

- screenshot (green dots shot in shot)
- different DVI Cable
- Tried only running one card
- Tried running alternative cards (GPU1/2 as main)
- Tried using HDMI output
- Tried disabling Catalyst A.I.
- Tried running GPU 1 and two in slots 1, 2, and 3
- Same as above with GPU 2

Nothing seemed to work, even let alone make any reductions.

What I've noticed for causation:
- articfacting happens only once GPU downclocks to C:300MHz M400MHz (its displayed on my Logitech keyboard)
- GPU does make coiled whine, although many say its to be expected with the 6970.

Some Basic Info:
- GPU load temps: 75-77c (both)
- GPU Idle temps: GPU1: 36
GPU2: 30
- Both Cards running on actual 8pins, not 6pin conversions.
- Dragging a window across the screen often "erases" the green dots
- Green dots go away after about 30 seconds, or either opening Mozzila, or similar basic applications.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Have you tried different versions of drivers? Other than that I'd suggest just RMAing it. Also is this with both cards or just one?
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Oh yes, sorry, ive tried from 11.2 (shipped CD) all the way to 11.4 preview which im currently running right now
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Oh yes, sorry, ive tried from 11.2 (shipped CD) all the way to 11.4 preview which im currently running right now
Sounds to me like a bad ram module somewhere, but thats honestly just a guess. Sorry I couldn't be of more help, I don't know of many utilities to diagnose video cards
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Here, I've made a screenshot as well

http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/4849/greei5s.jpg
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Hmmmm maybe its tryin to tell u something green dots and nvidia is green,coincedence? LOL
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HAHA yeh yeh, but for an extra $200 and like 5% performance increase? Idk... but still does this seem fixable? I was thinking perhaps i may be able to leave the cards @ 880/1375 all the time.
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I feel you man. I'm gettig all sorts of problems ever since I crossfired my 6970. I'm thinking of doing a fresh install just to see if it fixes anything.
     
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HAHA yeh yeh, but for an extra $200 and like 5% performance increase? Idk... but still does this seem fixable? I was thinking perhaps i may be able to leave the cards @ 880/1375 all the time.
Doesn't seem fixable to me, but I would wait and see if someone more experienced with graphics cards could comment before giving up.
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Artifacts like that usually mean the ram is either bad, or unstable.

Try underclocking the ram to see if the issue goes away. If that doesn't fix it, try it in another machine. If it still artifacts in another machine, you might want to start thinking about RMA.

EDIT - I see it is artifacting at 2d clocks. That is not a good sign. Try it in another machine.
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