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Sapphire R9 290 BSOD on MetroLL and Farcry 3. AMD_Catalyst_13.11_BetaV9.5 Does anyone experience same trouble?

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December 17, 2013 1:24:13 PM

Hi I played Battlefield 3-4, Crysis 3, cod: ghost, metro 2033 and non of them gave me BSOD from start to ending. But there is something about Metro LL and Farcry 3. these two title would run for 2-5min and i would get BSOD. I tried uninstall drivers with driver sweeper and install fresh copy - no help. Thinking that maybe problem is in AMD_Catalyst_13.11_BetaV9.5 drivers. Does anyone experiencing same problem?

my gpu is fully wc so temps are 50c at max vram 52c.
December 17, 2013 2:29:57 PM

I don't know if this answer will be helpful or not, but you can inspect the data generated by the BSOD to help narrow down the problem (in case it might not be the graphics card).

How:
1. Make sure you have crash dump set to "small memory dump" If not, change it and wait till the next BSOD.
2. Download windbg unless your OS already has it: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserve...
3. Open the dump file using these instructions: http://www.overclock.net/t/1241077/beginner-bsod-crash-...

More than likely, somewhere you will find it mention a specific error or problem related to some piece of hardware. This might help you narrow down the problem.

BTW, you might want to run a stress test on the CPU and RAM. Maybe these two games are stressing the CPU more.
http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/736277-Far-Cry-3-H...
http://steamcommunity.com/app/43160/discussions/0/81092...
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December 17, 2013 3:10:34 PM

KevinAr18 said:
I don't know if this answer will be helpful or not, but you can inspect the data generated by the BSOD to help narrow down the problem (in case it might not be the graphics card).

How:
1. Make sure you have crash dump set to "small memory dump" If not, change it and wait till the next BSOD.
2. Download windbg unless your OS already has it: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserve...
3. Open the dump file using these instructions: http://www.overclock.net/t/1241077/beginner-bsod-crash-...
More than likely, somewhere you will find it mention a specific error or problem related to some piece of hardware. This might help you narrow down the problem.

BTW, you might want to run a stress test on the CPU and RAM. Maybe these two games are stressing the CPU more.
http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/736277-Far-Cry-3-H...
http://steamcommunity.com/app/43160/discussions/0/81092...



U see i played farcry 3 before when i had sapphire radoenon 7970 and finished it without any bsod and Metrro LL played when i had gtx670 same no trouble. thats way i think drivers is causing trouble. but ill try your offered solution.

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December 17, 2013 3:53:58 PM

Yeah, I guess it sounds most likely to be something software related. If the crash dump doesn't help, then I guess the next option I'd try is to google search "farcry 3 bsod" and "metro bsod" and try out all the crazy solutions people mention using to fix their BSODs. Sometimes the solutions can be really weird stuff when it's a software issue. Still, I always thought that the ONLY time a BSOD will occur on modern Windows is if it is bad hardware, bad drivers, or a corrupted OS install.
Hmm... in that case, it might be worth trying a scan on the OS files "sfc /scannow" http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/verify-the...
Still based on what you are saying, I kind of agree it might be driver related. Maybe the driver sweeper didn't clean up properly. You might try this:
1. If you used driver sweeper on the catalyst drivers, then reinstall the same catalyst drivers and then run the regular uninstaller on the drivers without using driver sweeper... Then install the catalyst drivers again and try the game.

As for hardware, I wonder if it could be power... the R9 290 does consume more than both the GTX670 and 7970 under certain conditions (although not a lot more than the 7970).

BTW, I'm curious, what brand&model did you get? (this is unrelated to your problems; I'm interested in one of the Asus R9 models.)
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December 17, 2013 4:08:17 PM

Sapphire R9 290 4Gb GDDR5 (4Gb GDDR5/PCI Express 3.0/947Mhz/5000Mhz) http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-sapphire-radeon-r9-2....
EK-FC R9-290X (Original CSQ) - Nickel - http://www.ekwb.com/shop/blocks/vga-blocks/ati-radeon-f...
EK-FC R9-290X Backplate - Black - http://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-fc-r9-290x-backplate-black....

U see power isnt issue becaue i am using antec true power 1200w quatro. it can handle 4way sli :) .
I think i am gona wait now for new amd driver and if problem persists then next soliution reinstall win 7.
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December 17, 2013 4:21:50 PM

If ur thinking to get one of them dont buy refence because they get very hot and very loud. Wait till asus direct cII or gifabite windforce 3x came out. But if ur thinking running them on water then get MSI, CLUB3D or VTX3D because when u remove original cooler u are still under warranty not like me i bought sapphire and same minute i removed reference cooler my warranty was gone (i find out only after gpu block was on gpu :) . buy the way xfx r9 290(vtx3d, msi) easily flashes to r9 290x so for price fo r9 290 u get r9 290x. all these thing i found out only after buying my sapphire r9 290. i know sapphire has good customer support and such but now i regret getting it because my warranty was viod and i cant falsh it to r9 290x. but other than that i got good overlocker. easily achieving 1200/1650 so beating any r9 290x or 780ti by good few points :) 
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December 17, 2013 4:59:45 PM

Wow, that was really helpful. :) 
I have actually been a little worried about the voiding warranty issue. I don't want to watercool or even remove the heatsink at all. All I want to do is remove the stock fans and replace them with two silent 120mm fans so I can run the card without noise. I was hoping I could use this Asus model R9 280X Direct CU II. Are MSI, Club3D and VTX3D the only brands that would allow me to do this without voiding warranty? Do you know about Asus? (Feel free to continue this via private message if you don't want to sidetrack this thread.)

Oh, btw, I don't think a new version of the driver is gonna resolve the BSOD; it just doesn't seem to be likely to me (then again, it would be nice if that's all it turns out to be :)  ). Were you able to get anywhere with the crash dump? Maybe I can offer some ideas based on that. If not, how far did you get?
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