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December 25, 2010 10:51:10 AM

Hi guys, I have recently purchased a new system after suggestions and articles by the members of TH. Here are my specs:

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE 3.2 Ghz
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1 GB GDDR5 PCIE
Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
Corsair XMS 3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 RAM [ 2 4GB kits totalling 8 GB]
WD Caviar 1 TB
Corsair TX650W
Cooler Master 430 Elite Black

The system as such is fine. No identifiable issues. The problem comes with the Unigine's Heavens Benchmark. When I run the benchmark, after sometime it freezes and the screen blacks out. Then I get a BSOD with the atikmpag.sys file and restarts. Now this problem is ONLY with Heavens Benchmark and every time I run it, it BSODs after sometime. Once I even completed the test and then it BSODed. All other tests are fine. 3Dmarks06 and Vantage run fine. PCMark also runs fine. Tried memory diagnostic and that was also fine. I tried the latest Catalyst 10.12, the earlier 10.10e and also the supplied Driver CD ( I followed the standard procedure of using Driver Sweeper during Safe Mode for removing the remaining files after uninstalling them normally ), but to no effect. I still get the BSOD when I run the said benchmark. Otherwise the system is working without any major hiccups so far( it froze once early on). So could you please help me on this?

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December 25, 2010 5:03:09 PM

**UPDATE***The dealer had put the graphic card in the wrong slot (x8 slot, the grey one) instead of the x16 2.0 slot (blue). So I guess the card wasn't getting sufficient power to run the test. But there is another issue here albeit not a major one. The performance has dropped quite a lot. Earlier when the card was on a x8 slot I got 19740 3Dmarks06, but now I got only 18670 after putting it in the x16 one. In both the cases, the driver used is 10.12 Catalyst. So can you guys help me on that...
December 25, 2010 6:33:52 PM

It needs to be installed in the PCIe slot closest to the CPU. Benchmarks, could be from several things - What other changes were made from "now' verses "earlier" -- you need to look at a system as a whole and not a 'part'. Things that effect the tests the most, in this instance, CPU & BIOS settings, RAM changes & BIOS settings, background Apps, Resolution, and 'other drivers'.

Recommendation - run MSCONFIG and select Diagnostic, restart and re-run tests.
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December 25, 2010 6:44:43 PM

well apart from changing the card from the x8 to x16 slot no other changes have been made. And I even overclocked the RAM to 1600 mhz as per your instructions in the other thread. Apart from this, no other changes have been made to BIOS. And as per what you said, my GPU is far away from the processor. Its almost near the PSU!!! The design of the M4A89GTD ain't that good. I mean the PSU is blocking the air from the card. Other than that all other settings is at stock. Minimal background apps (physical memory in task manager is only at 9%). As per your suggestion, I shall do that and post the results.
December 25, 2010 9:06:56 PM

No, I said -> "It needs to be installed in the PCIe slot closest to the CPU" a/k/a the top PCIe slot. It needs to be installed in the grey slot.

I also said -> "Corsair sets for your CPU {CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 is meant for Intel CPUs} -> http://www.corsair.com/products/phenomii/default.aspx "

December 26, 2010 2:42:42 PM

But in the asus manual that I have got with the mobo, its mentioned that the grey slot is the one with the x8 speed. It recommended me to install the graphic card in the x16 slot which is the long blue slot, keeping the VGA switch card that I got with the mobo in the gray slot to get the maximum speed. I have noticed that when I had my card in the grey slot, the heavens benchmark always crashed. Now, when I put the card in the x16 slot, I have run the same benchmark for over 2 hours, without crashing!! The only drawback is reduced performance

And in the same manual, under the QVL (Qaulified Vendor List), the same model RAM (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9) is listed as supported by the motherboard. I have asked the dealer to get me one of the kits approved on the corsair page for phenom and get my existing kit replaced. He said it will take time, but will get it replaced...

And also, in GPU Z my GPU core clock is set at 100 mhz and Memory clock is set at 300. Is this normal? Coz from what I see, this card suppors 900/1050 mhz. In ATI Overdrive the current values are at 100/300 Mhz.
December 26, 2010 6:45:38 PM

teroxgt said:


And also, in GPU Z my GPU core clock is set at 100 mhz and Memory clock is set at 300. Is this normal? Coz from what I see, this card suppors 900/1050 mhz. In ATI Overdrive the current values are at 100/300 Mhz.



That is the GPU's normal behaviour. Those are the official idle speeds. When the power is not needed, it throttles both GPU and RAM to reduce power, noise and heat; just like modern CPU's. It's called AMD Powerplay for the GPU's; Cool n'Quiet for the CPU's; Enhanced Speedstep for Intel CPU's. I can't remember what name Nvidia gives to their technology, but they also have it.

Open a browser windows with a youtube video playing (or even stopped). GPU stays at 100, ram goes to full speed, right ? Normal behaviour for video playback.

Fire up a game in windowed mode and fire up Overdrive or GPU-Z (sensors tab) and look at the speeds. GPU and RAM Running at full speed, right ? Normal behaviour for 3D games.

Just don't keep a browser with youtube or other flash video tabs open during games. The driver is buggy and applies the "Video" profile instead of the "Game/Full load" profile, slowing your game.
December 26, 2010 7:32:10 PM

a graphics card can be installed in either the 8x slot or 16x slot. The power going to each is exactly the same, its just a difference in bandwidth. The graphics card you have would not saturate the bandwidth of the 8x slot. As to the 3d mark score, you should look through ALL the benchmark results to see if there is a particular one, if its a CPU bench or video bench to see what is causing the drop in 3d mark. Also, you could run 3d mark 10 times and all the scores would be different. all it takes is some background task loading at the same time 3d mark wants some data and it will cause a slowdown and different score. I wouldnt worry about it.
December 27, 2010 10:44:32 AM

Well, I ran 3dmark vantage a couple of times and it dropped by 3000 points (in the x16 slot) from the earlier one when it was placed in the x8 slot!! But the thing is when it was placed in the x8 slot, Heavens Benchmark used to crash with ATIKMPAG.SYS error resulting in a BSOD. Now in the x16 slot it runs without crashing and I kept it looping for a couple of hours. But the thing is the performance in the heaven's benchmark too was reduced after moving it to the x16 slot. In the x8 slot, I managed to complete a run luckily and saved the result( crashed with a BSOD immediately after) and it was a lot higher than the score in the x16. So is my graphic card or is it my motherboard that is faulty? I ran Furmark today and I was averaging at 73 FPS with MSAA 4x at 81 degrees average and at 1360x768 ( just got it for testing my system from an old couple :)  ) and ran it for 30 mins.
December 27, 2010 1:34:58 PM

teroxgt said:
But in the asus manual that I have got with the mobo, its mentioned that the grey slot is the one with the x8 speed. It recommended me to install the graphic card in the x16 slot which is the long blue slot...

Yes, 'IF' you install the 'VGA Switch Card' in the top slot {Grey} with your Dedicated GPU in {Blue}; otherwise Disable the onboard GPU:
Internal Graphics Mode {Disabled}
Primary Video Controller {PCI...} ; PCI GPU to initialize first.

I looked and the {CMX4GX3M2A1600C9} is in the QVL list ; set
AI OC Tuner {D.O.C.P,}
DRAM OC Profile {DDR3-1600}
verify that the DRAM Timing Control has the proper values of 9-9-9-24

One more reason I don't recommend MOBOs with onboard GPUs.
December 27, 2010 3:44:21 PM

I did all of the above that you have mentioned, but the performance is still poor in the x16 mode. My Vantage scores are 3000 points off of the score I got when it was in x8 mode. The performance is kinda poor in games, with stuttering and frame rate dips, when it should be smooth. Do you think I have a faulty graphic card? I did all the tests but no problems were found... can you please help me on this peculiar issue... Thanks
December 27, 2010 4:35:29 PM

One more reason I don't recommend MOBOs with onboard GPUs. said:
One more reason I don't recommend MOBOs with onboard GPUs.

No the 'problem' is how a MOBO works with an onboard GPU. I constantly, tell people NOT to do it when or if they're adding a Dedicated GPU. Worst, I get into arguments with other knowledgeable people who haven't seen benchmarks, like yours, proving it's a bad idea.

In your case put the GPU in whichever PCIe slot that gives you the LEAST PROBLEMS or get a new MOBO without an onboard GPU. My vote would be a different MOBO; example ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=fLIjRELzxMxkH2UQ&...
December 27, 2010 6:54:14 PM

Ok I did a little bit of switching, and found out that when the card is in the grey slot without the VGA switch card(in the blue slot), the heavens benchmark fails but I was getting a bit better performance on the card across the other benchmarks( not to the same level as when I first did the benchies). But when I put the vga switch card in the blue slot, the heavens benchmark runs fine without crashing but the performance is not as good. The same thing happens when I put the card on the blue slot with the switch card in the grey slot. And a very slight improvement when the switch card is removed. So finally the benchmark fails only when the graphic cards is in the grey slot with switch card in the blue. So this points to a mobo fault, right?
December 27, 2010 7:32:31 PM

One more reason I don't recommend MOBOs with onboard GPUs. said:
One more reason I don't recommend MOBOs with onboard GPUs.

I hate to sound like a broken record, but it screams what I've always said -- don't get onboard GPU MOBO with a Dedicated GPU. Disabled or not the onboard steals bandwidth and resources. I 'ASSUME' that your monitor is and has been connected to ONLY the Dedicated GPU and that you are NOT using the onboard VGA/DVI connections?! Right?!

The VGA Switch Card is used in the Grey Slot to 'trick' the MOBO into enabling the X8/X8 vs X16/X0 PCIe. So if there's nothing in the Grey Slot the Blue PCIe is running at 0 or will cause problems.
December 28, 2010 3:51:59 AM

The monitor is connected to my graphic card and the onboard VGA/DVI is disabled. And as per what you have said, yesterday I tried running the graphic card in the blue slot with nothing in the grey slot, and I got a fairly high 3dmark06 score!! Heavens Benchmark also posted some gains. So should I leave it at that. Because the score is still nowhere as high as it was when I first ran the benchmark after installing the OS.( BTW, I used diagnostic startup as recommended by you in the other thread for doing my benchmarks). Thanks for your patience..


Another UPDATE (28/12/2010):

I ran the OCCT 3.1.0 test and I passed all the tests in it except the power supply test. I ran all of them in default settings and it was set for Auto (1hr). When I came back to check on the psu test 20-25 mins later, it restarted and got a message from windows stating that I had a BSOD. Didn't check if it was the Atikmpag.sys, but i will run it again and see that.... So what does this point to? Is it a power supply fault or a motherboard fault?

UPDATE NO:2 :
I re ran the OCCT Power Supply Test and this time, it worked without any issues. I saw the log reports and it did not report any errors. So I'm kind of back to square one. Should I rerun the PSU test again or should I conclude that the motherboard is faulty and return it. Or will getting the compatible RAM sticks ( full 8 gb compatible) resolve the issue?
December 28, 2010 12:00:24 PM

On a side note, I have noticed that whenever I boot, I get no beeps. Is this normal? My system as is runs fine (save the performance quirk that I'm having now), POSTs normal. So is there anything to be concerned about?
December 28, 2010 1:31:41 PM

Normally you'll have one or sometimes two beeps {BIOS tweaking can create a double mini boot}. If the BSOD are gone then I wouldn't be too alarmed.

Atikmpag.sys is generally a bad or corrupted ATI driver or ATI init failure; so I assume that you installed the latest driver. If it comes back then use the ATI removal App and reinstall a new set of freshly downloaded drivers.
December 28, 2010 1:56:46 PM

the atikmpag.sys occured only during the phase when the vga card was in the grey slot. When I put it back in the blue slot, the problem went away. But that shouldn't have happened in the first place as the card should run without any issues on either slot. Thats what has gotten me thinking if there is any issue with the mobo or not. Or if any other component has any issues...
December 28, 2010 2:22:27 PM

The 'issue' is primarily because the resources of the onboard and the top PCIe are 'shared', and the VGA Switch Card is used to {Enable} the second PCIe.

Therefore, in your case the Atikmpag.sys is an ATI init failure when the onboard and top PCIe are used simultaneousness -- boom init error; disabling the onbaord is an attempt to stop the multiple init requests for the top PCIe.
December 28, 2010 4:42:08 PM

Right now I was testing the RAM sticks one by one and so far 2 of them passed. After testing the 2nd one, I quit memtest86 and rebooted and went away. When I came back, I saw the message that windows has recovered from an unexpected error. And in the details it was listed as bluescreen. Don't know how that happened. BTW, after that I did a clean install of Win 7 64 bit home premium now, and installed only Vantage and Mark 06. I got a Vantage score of 15653 and 3dmark06 score of 19829. So are these normal for my rig? I seem to have gotten back the scores that I was getting previously. So is it safe to assume that it was a win7 or some software issues?
December 28, 2010 5:12:28 PM

If you are NOT OC the AMD then yes it's within range.

3DMark06 - http://3dmark.com/search?resultTypeId=14&linkedDisplayA...

As I mentioned the Atikmpag.sys is an ATI driver failure, and corruption is one of the issues that can cause the problem.

So, is the ATI in the Grey slot with onboard disabled? In other words what's the set-up now?
December 29, 2010 5:25:17 AM

I haven't OC'd anything except for the RAM which I did according to what you have suggested. Well as for the atikmpag.sys, when I looked through other forums, they said that even though its listed as ATI, there can a lot of other root causes, like for ex insufficient power, bad memory etc. So I was wondering if the RAM had to do anything with it. Plus is my power supply adequate for my rig? Its a Corsair TX650W. I ran the OCCT Power Supply test and it passed
Currently, the ATI card is in the blue slot with the VGA switch card in the grey slot with all 4 ram sticks and all my benchmarks are running normally. So it was a software issue that took away 3000 points!!?? :o 
One quirk I noticed with the RAM was when I place the 2 sticks from the same box in the 2 blue slots and the 2 others from the other box in the black slots, the system would not boot. But when I placed the 2 sticks from the same kit together( 1 blue/1 black and likewise for the other 2 ), the system would boot fine. Is this ok?

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December 29, 2010 1:11:50 PM
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QVL lists weren't created just for laughs, many combinations of hardware and software simply will not work or work well together. Example, have you ever configured a Dell online and the "incompatibility" highlighting required a change? The Atikmpag.sys is ATI software, and it can conflict and it is a known issue. Personally, I've known for years that ATI makes substandard software and drivers when compared to nVidia. I have both ATI and nVidia GPUs and even I get nervous 'updating' on a rig the already works...

In your situation, I also know NOT to purchase ANY MOBO with an onboard GPU 'if' a Dedicated GPU in it's future.

Yep, software can easily help or hurt performance significantly. In my 'Everyday' HD 5770 the WEI went from 7.2 -> 7.5 with an ATI upgrade, my 'Everyday' rigs are for office use so it didn't concern me -- however errors e.g. BSOD clearly do.

I would guess that your rig is drawing ~500W so your 650W is okay, and Corsair's are extremely good PSUs.

Each set of RAM should be installed, as a set, in the SAME color DIMM slots. So NO is is NOT 'fine' it tells me either you have a bad stick or the sticks are NOT the same as you indicated above {meaning not the SAME EXACT Part-Numbers}, or are mixed from their original sets.

Try the following:
AI OC Tuner {Auto}
DRAM Frequency {DDR3-1600} <- If DDR3-1600 is NOT listed then the ONLY choice is as I posted above.
verify that the DRAM Timing Control has the proper values of 9-9-9-24

Set1 = A1/B1
Set2 = A2/B2

December 29, 2010 1:54:26 PM

Thanks dude for the explanation. With reference to the above diagram, I put the 1st box of RAM sticks (part no. 10485) in DDR3_2 and DDR3_1 and the next set of it (part no 10488) in the next 2 slots. Thats how my system is currently set up and is working(with the adjustment of DRAM Voltage and changing the profile set DOCP in AI Tweaker). When I put the sticks like this: DDR3_2: 10485 DDRR3_1:10488 and likewise for the next set, my pc refuses to boot! In my case, DDR3_2 is the Blue slot and DDR3_1 is the Black Slot and same arrangement for the next 2 slots.
Once again thanks for the info and your patience, Jaquith..
December 29, 2010 3:31:01 PM

CPU: | A1 | A2 | B1 | B2 |

Set 1 - A1 & B1
Set 2 - A2 & B2

Try
DCT Unganged {Auto}

Verify
MemClk Tristate {Disabled}
ECC Mode {Disabled}

I'm a little confused about 10485 & 10488 as 'part-numbers'; do you mean serial-numbers? The sets are not working as they should per listed above which concerns me. My initial thought is to Clear CMOS {or Load Defaults} and if you have changed the IDE -> AHCI then don't forget that change before running the OS.

I would recommend starting a post -> http://forum.corsair.com/v3/forumdisplay.php?f=201

Where my head scratch is the MSI QVL vs Corsair Tested e.g. http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=91737&high... so I'm a little taken back from the get go.
December 29, 2010 5:03:44 PM

Those numbers were there on the back of the sticks. And they were different for different boxes. Hence I thought of them as part or batch numbers. And they work absolutely fine in the arrangement I have done. No errors in memtest, prime95 ( I tested them individually as well).. So am i just lucky!! I even tried rendering in my system as a test and it batch rendered a 100 frame turntable of a car in 5 mins!! It used to take me more than an hour just to get few frames to render on my laptop!! (Dell XPS M1530: Intel C2D 2.4 ghz T7700, 2 gb ram, 8600mGT 256mb gddr3, 160 gb HDD 5400 rpm ).
With regards to Corsair I have already made a thread there, here it is http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=91919 . He tells it may or may not work, but I haven't told him about the RAM arrangement on the mobo. Should I update that thread with this. So far nobody over there seems to be interested in my case :p 
Oh and btw, my RAM is now approved by Corsair as the memory solution for Phenom
http://www.corsair.com/dram-memory/amd-memory-solutions.html
http://www.corsair.com/dram-memory/amd-memory-solutions/phenom-ii/cmx4gx3m2a1600c9.html
:lol: 
December 29, 2010 7:02:11 PM

If it were 'me' the following:
CMP8GX3M2A1600C9 1600 MHz 9-9-9-24 (2X4GB)
CMP8GX3M4A1600C8 1600 MHz 9-9-9-24 (4X2GB)

Since, I know 2X4GB is more efficient AND opens the door for 16GB later the CMP8GX3M2A1600C9.

Also, you can simply run them at 1333MHz.

Another tweak is CPU/NB Voltage {Manual}
NB Voltage 1.2~1.35V

This corresponds to QPI/DRAM Voltage.

Therefore, BIOS changes together:
AI OC Tuner {D.O.C.P,}
DRAM OC Profile {DDR3-1600}
verify that the DRAM Timing Control has the proper values of 9-9-9-24
CPU/NB Voltage {Manual}
DRAM Voltage 1.65v
NB Voltage 1.25~1.35V

I read 'Wired' response ask if the above changes are a good idea, remind Wired you have 1.65V RAM.
December 30, 2010 4:21:41 PM

Well, the thing is even without the NB Voltage, right now, its working totally fine. I mean after the reinstall, it hasn't crashed (touchwood! :p  ). The only problem with the crash is when I put my graphic card in the grey pci exp slot with no switch card in the actual blue slot. That is the only time it BSODs. Otherwise the bootup, performance etc is as expected. What is the time frame when the memory starts showing up faults, any idea?
December 30, 2010 4:43:56 PM

teroxgt said:
What is the time frame when the memory starts showing up faults, any idea?

Not sure what you're asking here? Typically, if you can run Memtest for 2 passes without errors then you're okay. Otherwise, please clarify your question.
December 30, 2010 5:02:28 PM

sorry, I shouldn't have asked that question. I mean nobody can predict when the memory will start acting up, like for ex BSOD, freezes etc.. Can be a week, month or a year from now... :whistle: 
I'm just so worried about getting the mileage from these sticks that I didn't even bother checking up what I asked... :p 
December 30, 2010 5:19:28 PM

RAM or any component is going to either fail from 0~30 days, and then it's typically good for years...{fingers crossed and typically}. Most good RAM 'now' comes with Lifetime Warranties ... so let it die for some new! Operative word 'typically.'

At least that's been my experience. Laptops...well that's another story.
December 30, 2010 6:20:10 PM

heh.. yeah, laptop rams can be a bit bitchy... Been through some, and it mostly (in my case atleast) shows corrupted texts everywhere( DOS prompt, even in BSODs :)  ).
Well I asked my dealer and he said he wont be able to take the RAM back since they are still working. If they had any fault then he would replace it but he would not be able to change it for another type of RAM (In my case either the XMS 8gb or the Dominator 8 gig and best part is he didn't have both since according to him its useless to stock these modules as no one buys them!). So I guess I'm stuck with the set I have. But one quick question: What if I had bought 4 gigs of RAM and later on decide to upgrade to 8 , 12 or even 16 gb? In that case, I would have to throw away the current 4 gigs and buy the 8, 12 or 16 gigs as a set. Why can't I keep my current 4 and look for the same part number and add a 4 later for upgrading to 8 and likewise to 12 and 16. I mean when you say to get 2 x 4gb set to have more room for adding memory later [quote by Emperus in my other thread: Two 4GB modules.. That'll help you maximize your ram amount later if and when the need arises.. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284078-30-budget-motherboard#t1949808 ], isn't it kind of pointless since you will have to throw away that set to get a kit of 12 gb with 3 4gig stick as mixing of sets are detrimental. Or do you think its marketing BS by companies for making people buy these sets for more money where in practice they can upgrade incrementally for less $$.. What do you think?
December 30, 2010 6:36:56 PM

teroxgt said:
Hi guys, I have recently purchased a new system after suggestions and articles by the members of TH. Here are my specs:

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE 3.2 Ghz
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1 GB GDDR5 PCIE
Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
Corsair XMS 3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 RAM [ 2 4GB kits totalling 8 GB]
WD Caviar 1 TB
Corsair TX650W
Cooler Master 430 Elite Black

The system as such is fine. No identifiable issues. The problem comes with the Unigine's Heavens Benchmark. When I run the benchmark, after sometime it freezes and the screen blacks out. Then I get a BSOD with the atikmpag.sys file and restarts. Now this problem is ONLY with Heavens Benchmark and every time I run it, it BSODs after sometime. Once I even completed the test and then it BSODed. All other tests are fine. 3Dmarks06 and Vantage run fine. PCMark also runs fine. Tried memory diagnostic and that was also fine. I tried the latest Catalyst 10.12, the earlier 10.10e and also the supplied Driver CD ( I followed the standard procedure of using Driver Sweeper during Safe Mode for removing the remaining files after uninstalling them normally ), but to no effect. I still get the BSOD when I run the said benchmark. Otherwise the system is working without any major hiccups so far( it froze once early on). So could you please help me on this?

Thanks


Hi Teroxgt

I believe your system is fine the problem is you video card!!! & catalyst driver unfoutunitly I believe 10.12 is the only supporting driver for the HD6970 the problem is your driver stops responding & the system crashes but I bet it's just the video card is not sending out a picture & you are doing a hard shut down right?

last month I was tearing the hair from my head trying to find out what the hell was wrong with my system after installing the HD5870 I had your problem but it was during game play I got the gray stripe GSOD randomly it could be 5 min or 20 min or hours I tried everything all drivers from 9.11- 10.12 it got better with 10.10 but it never was fixed! my system has always be stable never a problem so I removed the HD5870 from my system & put back my HD4850 my problems where solved system back to being totally stable !!!!!! not a hicup....... now I purchased another HD5870 from amazon from Visiontek to my surprise the cards not the REF card that's it's suppose to be that amazon is showing on their site it has a huge heat sink & fan in the middle of the card I was pissed, but I tried it out with 10.10 which was the most stable with the other card but at some point it orange screened for a sec & recovered so I installed 10.12 I get a stutter with this driver on both the old & new Hd5870 so now I installed the ver of catalyst which came with my new card 10.6 so far no problem for five days now. I'm reading these trends because for the same price I paid for my HD5870 I could have purchase your card Hd6970 after seeing your trends I don't know what to do anymore:(  so I thought I'd share this with you to save the hair on your head !!!! try changing you graphic card to anything you have even if it's a old card don't use any ATI driver in the 2010 which is Jan 2010 would be ver 10.1 feb would be 10.2 & so on. best of luck & please let me know if you find a fix for our cards Happy New Year

Marty (nightraven)
P.S Note: before driver install I removed all ati drivers with Driver Sweeper and removed all ATI Graphics drivers from windows folders

My System
Windows 7 pro 64 Bit on drive 1 WD Caviar Black 1TB 6gb/sec
Drive 2 Seagate 1 TB Windows Vista home premium 64 Bit
Drive 3 Shared Storage WD 1TB
Intel i7 920 2.67
6 gb ram (triple channel)
Corsair 850HX
HD5870 1GB
December 30, 2010 6:56:05 PM

I'm the last person to ask, I don't mix-match RAM including density. All day I see 'mix-matched' RAM causing problems. A solution is to eBAY the old RAM and get what you want. Most places have a 30-day exchange policy!

Can it be done yes, in the manual it states yes {p 2-11}. At minimum get the same brand and style e.g. Dominator, hopefully with the same IC's, same CAS timings, speed, and voltage.
January 9, 2011 5:27:10 AM

Happy New Year to everyone here.. And I just finished playing Black Ops. It ran super smooth at 1360 x 768 with 8x AA and 16x AF with all other stuff maxed out. I checked GPU Z and at load it touched only 60-62 degrees. So I dont suppose its overheating. I couldn't find any graphical corruption in the game ( even though I heard its quite a buggy game). Played Dirt 2 and Metro 2033 as well. They both ran at max settings with max AA, and no problems so far. Only Crysis Warhead showed some corruption ( lots of white dots on the foliage). But I take it thats the problem with Warhead. Haven't tried the original Crysis though.
January 16, 2011 4:49:16 AM

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April 29, 2012 6:45:11 AM

This is why I've done everything possible to STAY with Nvidia. ATI is always problematic. even 9 years later after I stopped using them. everywhere I go there is NO definitive answer for why this .sys file crashes and blue screens WINDOWS 7... BLUE SCREENS should have DIED with XP! I ws FORCED to use ATI with an ATI system when I stuck with my 6 core AMD. I REFUSE to use Intel...haven't used 'em for years. LOVE the AMD performance I get...now I have to use this ATI JUNK. I know I could put an Nvidia card in an AMD motherboard, but that would cause MAJOR problems I just know it. 25 years of history of building literally hundreds of machines tell you this. SO HOW is this actually SOLVED? I've sat here and read for 10 min. and I STILL haven't found where this problem is solved... WHY? did I miss something? who wants to sit here and read tons of posts paragraph after paragraph of useless information to fix an ALREADY FRUSTRATING problem?!!??

Someone please direct me how to FIX this problem. other than doing what I knew I should have done in the first place when I bought this AMD/ATI bundle. BUY AN NVIDIA card!

Thanks.
April 29, 2012 11:06:02 AM

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