Thanks Tig. i got it running. The install makes no mention of plugging in a 6 pin power lead from the power supply cable bundle. i pulled the card and noticed a six pin connector recessed in the back of the graphics card. Once plugged in, the card now behaves normally. i appreciate your help.
Damn, how did I miss that Anyways, I'm glad you got it working!
Thanks. Maybe someone from XFX will take note and correct the install guide. i appreciate your input.