hi guys, recently had a computer built for me by a buddy (he recommended the parts and I had them shipped from newegg) and now 3 days later I have what I consider a fairly nice setup. Downloaded MSI afterburner and attempted to mess with it a bit changing the core clock and mem clock in increments of 20 until i started noticing freezes or crashes on the heaven benchmark.
So, for someone who went from mainly console gaming to pc, I am more than happy with the results this computer gives me. Battlefield 3 with maxed settings runs butter smooth even in the large 60 man fights. Metro 2033 runs very well with the d3d vsync force application (no more screan tearing ) at a constant 60fps.
The only issue ive run into so far has been with:
1) The Witcher 2. There are some extremely noticable black artifacts that can plague the screen in certain areas , mainly dense forest settings. I really thought it was an issue with my card but after a bit of research i see that others are having similar problems and it seems to stem from drivers.
2) Being a computer noob I didn't mess around much with oc'ing, mainly because I was afraid I'd do something irreversible. I did manage to get my heaven benchmark to 1206 during that time but when running games i would still get the freeze up after a few minutes in. I pushed my core clock to 1100 and my memory to 1500-1600 from 1450 to get that 1206 score. I thought this card was suppose to shine with overclocking, but i cant seem to put it much further past the stock bios 2 setting D: I did adjust the voltage through msi afterburner but only briefly, and quickly returned things to default when it didn't work. I hope this didn't void my warranty with newegg !
Are these heaven benchmark scores normal?
Just ran a 3DMark 11 test with the same settings as OP, and I got the following scores.
That doesn't seem right to me. It says Graphics card not found, im assuming that is a driver issue as well... im running catalyst 12.10. This guy has the same graphics card as me but doesn't seem to run into these issues.