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AMD HD 5870 and Battlefield 3 issues

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October 28, 2011 8:22:16 PM

Alright so here is my setup

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 ~3.00 GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5870
RAM: 4.00 GB DDR3
MOBO: Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P
PSU: Ultra 650W ATX


I've had issues with my card before, its an XFX product with a limited lifetime warranty. Had to ship it off to them about a month ago because my computer would not even start. I suspected heating issues (I had a very poorly ventilated case). They said the fan was in bad condition, so they replaced the fan, ran some tests, and deemed it in workable condition again. I purchased an Antec 900 case to fix my heating issues, which seems to have helped a lot.

I have been using my computer with no troubles since i have gotten the card back. SC2 runs fine max settings (there is an occasional instance of a kind of "screen tear" where my whole screen goes white or blue with vertical lines that run across, sometimes it will do that for a second and then go back to normal, other times it will get locked on the "vertical line" screen), Witrcher 2 runs pretty smoothly on high settings but i can hear one of the fans in my case going into overdrive (suspect its the GPU)

BF3 has been giving me a load of issues. The screen tear issue happens occasionally, sometimes the screen just goes completely black, other times it'll be a pixel mash up and I'll have to manually shutoff my computer.

Current driver i have for my GPU is catalyst 11.9, is there a beta driver that could maybe solve some of these issues?


Another factor to consider is that my PSU in my case is located directly under my GPU with the fan pointing upward into my GPU, could the heat output from the PSU be overheating my GPU?
October 28, 2011 10:13:59 PM

theres a article here on toms saying that dx10 cards were suffering badly with bf3.
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October 28, 2011 10:34:32 PM

the 5870 is a DX11 card...I have a 5870 and mine runs the game fine on 11.8 drivers. Maybe roll back to 11.8, or look into the 11.10 drivers that are out. What resolution are you playing at? You can check you gpu's temperature with gpu-z. Set it to log file, so you can go through the temperatures after gaming for a little while.
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October 29, 2011 12:37:39 AM

running it at 1920x1200. I'll definitely try out gpu-z and log my temps
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October 29, 2011 4:37:00 AM

Aight so i tried running BF3 in windowed mode at 1920x1200 and it was running smooth for a couple rounds, then the screen tear issue occured followed by screen flickering and large pixels flickering on my screen, then went to blue screen

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.4
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 50
BCP1: 00000000001F205E
BCP2: 0000000000000008
BCP3: 00000000001F205E
BCP4: 0000000000000008
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Files that help describe the problem:
C:\Windows\Minidump\102811-185391-01.dmp
C:\Users\Betty\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-472449-0.sysdata.xml
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October 29, 2011 5:04:58 AM

Should i run some sort of burn in test for my system? if so, what tests should i run and what load? I've never done that sort of thing.
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October 29, 2011 6:11:11 AM

11.10 beta drivers did not work for my sapphire 2gb hd5870. went back to 11.9 and its working great in bf3. try furmark to test for artifacts, is v-snyc on or off?. my cooler died on my 5870 within 2months after i rma my first 1 because of a bad 5870. i purchased the artic cooling twin turbo off newegg and its been working awesome. very very very low temps on load. im about to buy another cooler too for my reference powercolor 2gb hd6950.
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October 29, 2011 6:43:53 AM

Try downclocking your gpu/memory by 50. I know it sounds off, but those XFX 5870s ship with low quality memory. I had one that I had to rma because it's operate fine at 1150 memory, but at stock 1200 I would get vertical grey screen lockups. There are a lot of reasons for those with the 5870, that was the reason it was happening to me.
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October 29, 2011 9:17:09 PM



heres some of my logs from gpu-z while i was idle to playing battlefield. It definitely seems like those temps are little hot, especially temp #3 whatever that is.

@lmulder: i can downclock it through catalyst control center?

@c_h1132: v-sync is off, ill try furmark right now. is that artic cooling twin turbo for your GPU specifically?
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October 29, 2011 9:23:43 PM

Temp 3 is the vrm temperature. It can run hotter than the gpu, but 100c and above is probably why you're having problems. Maybe something is not right inside the heatsink as far as contact. Maybe call tech support again and tell them, this is your second time with problems and you want a different card. Maybe you'll get lucky and they'll give you a 6950.
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October 29, 2011 9:25:02 PM

BF3 right now have some bugs, waiting for a patch to fix all of that if it's not already released.
Currently i'm using CCC 11.10 Preview 2 you can try that and see how it goes.
Enable V.synch and run it on high not ultra and see if you're experiencing any improvements.
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October 29, 2011 9:30:12 PM

Aight, i've been running it on all low settings... and its been giving me these problems. In catalyst control center/AMD overdrive, my memory was clocked at 1300MHz and GPU clocked at 875MHz, should i adjust these, or just turn overdrive off?
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October 29, 2011 9:35:47 PM

Try the game at your default clock speeds, no need to overclock right now, and play it on ultra you should be able to get 55-60 FPS as stated by toms and other reviews.
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October 29, 2011 11:41:22 PM

Turning off overdrive definitely seemed to have helped, have not gotten the graphical anomalies like i used to.

Runs kinda smooth at ultra but crashes every time 2-5min in a multiplayer match. Tried campaign and it ran smooth but would get to those peak temps after a bit.

should i run furmark? i don't want to cause anymore damage..
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October 30, 2011 12:20:27 AM

why do you wanna run furmark? furmark will stress the GPU and can cause a real damage to it's chips.
According to you, you are playing just fine in campaign but you crash @ multiplayer which i believe it's more related to a game bugs.

Again, install the latest CCC and run the game for quite long time and see if you're getting any issues.
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October 30, 2011 12:22:03 AM

FYI, when i OCed the card and pushed it extremely hard to 925 core clock and 1450 memory clock i got awful FPS 19-20 on ultra, lowered my OC to 885/1375 i'm almost close to 60 all the time.
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October 30, 2011 12:30:43 AM

I'm not familiar with furmark, it displayed the warning before i started it, and that's why i hesitated. I just thought it would tell me if something was wrong with the card or not.

The card still gets really hot after continuous play whether its on medium/high/ultra
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a c 143 U Graphics card
October 30, 2011 12:33:08 AM

What is the brand of your card, link it.
And what temps are reported by GPU-Z, say after 2 hours playing ...?
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October 30, 2011 12:45:19 AM

Try checking out that psu of yours.
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October 30, 2011 1:03:49 AM

go to amd.com and pick ur graphics card from the let then click the suport tab after clicking ur card then do the upgrade downloads. this should fix blue screen and flicker. and download catalys and u should be able to play battlefield with no problem
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December 16, 2011 4:11:17 AM

Hey guys, I know this post is a little old now but I also have these issues on an Asus series 5870 1gb card.

Currently using catalyst 11.12 with the latest patches of the game, just letting you know if you have this issue it's not just you.

(Issue Occurs on Med/High/Ultra settings)

CPU: AMD 1090t X6 ~3.2 GHz O.C. 4.0ghz (issue occurs with both overclocked and not)
GPU: Asus AMD HD 5870
RAM: 4.00 GB DDR3
MOBO: Asus Crosshair Formula IV
PSU: Coolmaster Silent Pro M1000 1KW
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