Originally Posted by rdr09
I read some recommend the 5700XT Strix and curious to what exactly is the problem with this card. Is it specific to this brand?
I own a reference 5700XT and 5700 but both have been pretty much trouble-free.
Thanks for the reply. To give you more context, I had a GTX 1080 for little over a year no problems, though I caught wind of a good deal on the Strix 5700XT which was discounted around 30% of its normal price and cheaper in fact than most 2060 Supers as well. I sold my 1080 and paid a very minimal difference, while expecting a 10-20% boost in performance and also would complete an all team red build (3700x and 570x Crosshair Hero).
Boy was I unsuspectingly in for a rough ride. I removed the nVidia drivers, installed the new 5700XT and 19.9.2 driver and before rebooting experienced odd jittering when moving windows and odd screen blackout here and there post installation, though before rebooting so I did not think much of it. I rebooted, fired up Metro Exodus and loaded a level and noticed poor performance in the form of stuttering which was subsequently confirmed by validating low FPS (30’s). In contrast the 1080 averaged 40s-60s. I quit Metro and tried Witcher 3 which basically felt the same - jittery though I was trying to get FRAPS to reveal the FPS to compare with what I was used to on the 1080. After messing about with FRAPS some more, I got the FPS to increase and the gave looked and felt better, though subsequently confirmed it performed on par with the 1080, not quite the result I was expecting but never the less I quit to desktop to give another title a go and this is where everything went south. The system became unresponsive to a point where I had to reset it via power button. From this point I could not get the system to boot consistently either. The various POST colored LEDs on the motherboard would cycle through and would typically stop on the white one, though it would start the cycle over and over without displaying anything. I could not get the PC to boot, no matter what I tried - even clearing the CMOS. Only the next day would it boot again, only to BSOD with a “ VIDEO_SCHEDULER_INTERNAL_ERROR” error. I struggled the remainder of the day with boot and BSOD issues and occasional artifacts displayed under non-load (no gaming) use...
I spent a lot of time researching the issues online and one of the suggestions was to force the PCIe x16 to Gen 3 which I “think” helped a bit to boot more reliably. I then took the opportunity to upgrade the BIOS as some of others with similar issues reported that it helped them as well, though this did not make a difference in my case. I also tried reinstalling the driver, this time with 19.12.1 and the latest chipset driver as well to no avail. Each time I try and install the driver, it would BSOD during installation, or succeed but BSOD immediately after reboot. Out of desperation, I formatted and reloaded Windows 10 (from 1903 to 1909), only installed the chipset driver followed by 19.12.1 Adrenalin, which resulted it the system unexpectedly powering off as if the power button was held in. Rebooted again, BSOD is back
Many people of complaining about similar issues, BSOD and boot loops, most attributed to BIOS and/or VGA drivers. Right now I cannot use my PC at all. The quick and cheap performance bump I expected turned out to be a big disaster. The sad part is that if I cannot overcome these challenges, I will be forced to fork about a chunk of cash for a 2070s or 2080s. Paying in it seems is unavoidable if I ditch the 5700XT, though I think a 2060s would not be an option as it would be slower than a 5700XT (not to mention more expensive for what I paid for it) and roughly in the ballpark of my old 1080 performance wise so I would be going backwards or sideways, depending how you look at it.