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Radeon 6870 artifacting at stock clocks

I've had this card for awhile now, but just recently the card has been artifacting when Skyrim is being played. On top of that, the GPU usage spikes and gets to 90-100% usage. I've been using Afterburner to monitor my GPU. Also, I have not overclocked any part of my pc. Skyrim is the only game artifacting, but it isn't the only one making the GPU usage spike. Any help would be much appreciated.

System specs:

Processor: Phenom II x6 1090T 3.2ghz
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 (GV-R687OC-1GD)
Motherboard: BIOSTAR TA890FXE
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W

Afterburner:
http://oi44.tinypic.com/r7m2k8.jpg

Skyrim Artifacting:
http://oi43.tinypic.com/2ld989g.jpg

*I have the latest drivers (tried a rollback too), and also tried another PCIe slot to no avail
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  1. Best answer
    If still under warranty RMA!
  2. My RMA is up, but I am under a 3 year manufacturer warranty. Would I have to wait for the card to die in order to replace it? :S Also, thank you for helping :D
  3. Artifacting is a good enough reason.
  4. Best answer selected by cdvanroekel.
  5. Alright, Thank you so much. Oddly enough I have found that the only thing causing artifacts is the Anti Aliasing. If AA is turned off, everything runs smoothly. I can live with this seeing as Gigabyte's customer service isn't giving me any feedback. Again, thanks for the help :D
  6. I've gotten full detail back into Skyrim. What I did was turned off anti aliasing, but kept everything else on ultra detail. I then went into CCC and turned off the option saying "Use game settings" for AA, and instead had CCC always use x8 AA. :P
  7. You are a genius. That worked perfectly. I had actually bought the XFX 6870 because my old Gigabyte GTX 275 took too long to load the new sceenes on Ultra High. It worked great at High though but due to reviews about how great the graphics were in Ultra High I just had to give them a try. They are okay not worth the cost of the new card and the headaches with the settings. XFX has not replied to my problems either. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your post.
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