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It's the Gigabyte 7970 OC. Stock clocks were 1000/1375. Flashed it with a BIOS from TPU to 1100/1500 and it seemed to work fine. I tried stress testing it with Unigine Valley 1.0 and Heaven 4.0 and I noticed that after a few minutes of running either benchmarks, the card starts to downclock significantly.

It starts out at 1100 MHz then keeps fluctuating all the way down to 700-ish MHz and keep going up and down. I don't know what causes this and it is seriously frustrating. I put a couple of fans around the card and ramped up the GPU's fans to 100% but it didn't change anything. Max temps I saw was 55C which is super chilly and not relevant to the downclocking.

What's going on?
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It is probably downclocking because it is not getting enough voltage. I would fireup GPU-Z and check your TDP & VDDC during benchmark runs.

Those Gigabyte 7970 are voltage locked and Bios flash might not fix it.
Well I checked with GPU-Z and the voltage is a solid 1.256v which I don't think is the issue. I hate the locked voltage.
 

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Have you tried putting powerlimit to +20 that might fix it.
 
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Alright, I'll try the powertune option and report back.
 

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+5%-+10% should be enough.
 

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Probably you will need to revert to your default bios if the power target dont work
 

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Changing the power limit did the trick. Thanks folks. It now runs at a solid 1100 Mhz core.
 

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first off CYCLOPS HAVNT TALKED TO U IN A WHILE YOUR NEVER ON STEAM ANYMORE

second when I overclocked my 7970 I had the same problem it fixed it self by going into catalyst and 20% boost voltage
 

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What revision is your 7970 and what bios are you running? I have a rev. 2.0 (F40 bios) and it's voltage locked as well.
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first off CYCLOPS HAVNT TALKED TO U IN A WHILE YOUR NEVER ON STEAM ANYMORE

second when I overclocked my 7970 I had the same problem it fixed it self by going into catalyst and 20% boost voltage
Hey, my steam got messed up or hacked or something and I lost all my contacts. It's back on now for whatevers worth.
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What revision is your 7970 and what bios are you running? I have a rev. 2.0 (F40 bios) and it's voltage locked as well.
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Model name is: GV-R797OC-3GD and it's rev 2.1. Voltage is also locked on mine and I don't know how to unlock it. Don't think it's possible at this point in time.

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On a different note, I noticed that everytime I restart the computer, the CCC reset the power limit back to it's default 100%. I couldn't find a way to make it permanent.
 

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Hey, my steam got messed up or hacked or something and I lost all my contacts. It's back on now for whatevers worth.

I sent you a friend request on steam and the reason its going back to 100% is a bad driver completely remove the driver with that ati cleaner program and download the newest beta I had the same problem on my 6950 where the catalyst overclock settings would reset everytime I restarted catalyst or the computer
 

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Hey, my steam got messed up or hacked or something and I lost all my contacts. It's back on now for whatevers worth.
Model name is: GV-R797OC-3GD and it's rev 2.1. Voltage is also locked on mine and I don't know how to unlock it. Don't think it's possible at this point in time.

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On a different note, I noticed that everytime I restart the computer, the CCC reset the power limit back to it's default 100%. I couldn't find a way to make it permanent.
Try Trixx w/ start-up at windows boot
 
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