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Sapphire HD6850 dead?

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June 12, 2014 8:08:47 AM

Hi there

i´m having an issue with my current VGA that is driving me nuts!My vga started to fail arround mid march where i was playing a game
computer it hanged so i hitted the reset button and the post when the pc started againg looked like this:



took it out of my pc went to a friend´s house to test it out and it started like nothing happened, we tested with GPUZ stress test with no issues
so i lent it to him since i was going out on vacations he used it with no problems when i got back i installed it again on my pc with no problems
until a couple of weeks ago that it started to fail again,every time that the pc starts like in the photo the windows fails to load the ati drivers
and the screen goes black,i can start on safe mode and the vga will work, if i take it out for a couple of days or so it can come back as nothing
happened last time it worked ok for a couple of days even a full sunday of War Thunder for 8hs strait hours or so then it failed again
Just to make sure i tested with a separate power unit apart from the one that is mounted on the case,also i load the optimal settings on the bios
to run the pc with stock clocks on everything , also the voltages.i´m currently using a Radeon HD6450 from a friend with no issues

My question is: is it busted? or somehow can be the mother that is failing through the pcie slots (i tried both)

thanks in advance!

this are my current specs:

Processor : FX-8350 with a cooler master hyper 212 plus

MOBO: Gigabyte 970-UD3 rev 1.2

Mem : 4Gbx2 Patriot G2 1600mhz

VGA:HD 6850 Toxic (Sapphire)

Power unit: Antec EA 650-green

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June 12, 2014 8:43:08 AM

jameshowlett said:
Hi there

i´m having an issue with my current VGA that is driving me nuts!My vga started to fail arround mid march where i was playing a game
computer it hanged so i hitted the reset button and the post when the pc started againg looked like this:



took it out of my pc went to a friend´s house to test it out and it started like nothing happened, we tested with GPUZ stress test with no issues
so i lent it to him since i was going out on vacations he used it with no problems when i got back i installed it again on my pc with no problems
until a couple of weeks ago that it started to fail again,every time that the pc starts like in the photo the windows fails to load the ati drivers
and the screen goes black,i can start on safe mode and the vga will work, if i take it out for a couple of days or so it can come back as nothing
happened last time it worked ok for a couple of days even a full sunday of War Thunder for 8hs strait hours or so then it failed again
Just to make sure i tested with a separate power unit apart from the one that is mounted on the case,also i load the optimal settings on the bios
to run the pc with stock clocks on everything , also the voltages.i´m currently using a Radeon HD6450 from a friend with no issues

My question is: is it busted? or somehow can be the mother that is failing through the pcie slots (i tried both)

thanks in advance!

this are my current specs:

Processor : FX-8350 with a cooler master hyper 212 plus

MOBO: Gigabyte 970-UD3 rev 1.2

Mem : 4Gbx2 Patriot G2 1600mhz

VGA:HD 6850 Toxic (Sapphire)

Power unit: Antec EA 650-green


yes, that does sounds like intermittent vid memory fail, thou usually I have only a seen intermittent failure when the card is overheating. In my own vid card experience if a card fails, it escalates pretty quickly to full failure. I doubt it's your pcie slots, I would try a diff power supply and see what happens.

I think most likely the card is just dying or overheating in your system and not your friends.

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June 12, 2014 11:50:12 AM

kyle382 said:

yes, that does sounds like intermittent vid memory fail, thou usually I have only a seen intermittent failure when the card is overheating. In my own vid card experience if a card fails, it escalates pretty quickly to full failure. I doubt it's your pcie slots, I would try a diff power supply and see what happens.

I think most likely the card is just dying or overheating in your system and not your friends.



my thoughts exactly , kyle382 i tested with two diferent Psu´s and also the first time it failed we opened it and cleaned it and added artic silver on it ,just in case

*edit* Thanks for the response Kyle382
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