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Is my XFX 7950 defective?

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July 1, 2012 11:02:41 PM

Hey guys
I am having a few problems with my XFX 7950 Double D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I installed this card in a fresh build so there is no conflict with previous/old drivers.
I am using the 12.4 catalyst driver on Windows 7 64bit SP1. CPU is i5-3570k with 620w seasonic PSU. Everything is setup correctly.

First, I am only getting 32 FPS in Furmark Benchmark Preset: 1080 and 55 FPS in Furmark Benchmark Preset: 720
Second, I get severe video tearing/pixelation with some HD videos if I play them using media players with GPU acceleration enabled. Strange thing is that it only happens if I skip or fast forward through the vieo. If I just let the video play from the beginning, there is no tearing/pixelation.
I've tried many different media players. Happen with all of them. Also, it doesn't happen if I disable GPU acceleration.
I even did a format and freshly installed everything just to make sure it wasn't caused by corrupted system files.

Only game I've yet to test is MW3. It seems to do fine. Max settings and constant 91 FPS.

Please halp!

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July 1, 2012 11:42:47 PM

theonix said:
Hey guys
I am having a few problems with my XFX 7950 Double D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I installed this card in a fresh build so there is no conflict with previous/old drivers.
I am using the 12.4 catalyst driver on Windows 7 64bit SP1. CPU is i5-3570k with 620w seasonic PSU. Everything is setup correctly.

First, I am only getting 32 FPS in Furmark Benchmark Preset: 1080 and 55 FPS in Furmark Benchmark Preset: 720
Second, I get severe video tearing/pixelation with some HD videos if I play them using media players with GPU acceleration enabled. Strange thing is that it only happens if I skip or fast forward through the vieo. If I just let the video play from the beginning, there is no tearing/pixelation.
I've tried many different media players. Happen with all of them. Also, it doesn't happen if I disable GPU acceleration.
I even did a format and freshly installed everything just to make sure it wasn't caused by corrupted system files.

Only game I've yet to test is MW3. It seems to do fine. Max settings and constant 91 FPS.

Please halp!


Hey, im going to try to help you the best i can.

I have the same card as you, and although i was getting a different issue, i was ready to rma my card for another. I was getting the equivalent of the grey screen of death. something that plagued the 5XXX series of GPU's.

Gaming on BF3, Metro, Crysis 2 running the card full load was flawless. idle was flawless, but for some reason browsing in firefox to numerous flash based websites and places like google maps caused a GSOD. Green and grey vertical bars covering the entire screen and total system crash. Google it if you don't know what im talking about. What i did was uninstall the video drivers with Atiman uninstaller, downloaded a fresh copy of 12.4 and ran the installer like normal. everything seems fine now.... so far... been a few days.

This might not be relevant to your problem, but a reinstall may help. From what i understand, the amd drivers don't always install ideally every time..

i hope this helps you.

Nate
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July 1, 2012 11:44:16 PM

furmark isn't a reliable benchmark since the gpu down clocks to confiscate for the high power usage, so i'd try a few more games if i were you and use gpuz or arfterburner to show your gpu activity and clocks while using the gpu. secondly why don't you try the newer 12.6 or 12.7 drivers? lastly, what are your temps?
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July 2, 2012 12:01:26 AM

I did try the 12.7 driver. Same issues.
Temps hit max of 71c when running Furmark.
Also, I am using GPU-Z. There is no downclocking when running Furmark Both GPU clock and memory clock are running at their maximum.
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July 2, 2012 12:16:02 AM

got my card at 925 with the power a 10% and it downclocks lower then the 800 default clock so that makes me wonder. i'm not sure how much help i can be here since my DD 7950 had zero problems until i overclocked like mad.

update: my card at defualt speeds runs the furmark test at 720 downclocked by powertune never passing 750mhz which is telling me your card is either that much more efficiency or something is wrong
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July 2, 2012 1:06:33 AM

zakattak80 said:
got my card at 925 with the power a 10% and it downclocks lower then the 800 default clock so that makes me wonder. i'm not sure how much help i can be here since my DD 7950 had zero problems until i overclocked like mad.

update: my card at defualt speeds runs the furmark test at 720 downclocked by powertune never passing 750mhz which is telling me your card is either that much more efficiency or something is wrong


So what FPS are you getting with Furmark benchmark preset 1080 and 720?
I am getting 32 for 1080 and 55 for 720

Also, what's your Ungine Heaven Benchmark score?
Here are my results

FPS: 56.6
Scores: 1425
Min FPS: 30.0
Max FPS: 118.8

And the settings were:
API: DirectX 11
Tessellation: Normal
Shaders: High
Anisotropy: 4x
Stereo 3D: Disabled
Multi monitor: no
Anti-aliasing: 4x
Full screen: yes
Resolution: 1920x1080
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July 3, 2012 12:24:38 AM

i only did the 1080preset for furmark and at default clocks im getting 31 avg.

my default clocks results are

FPS: 57.0
Scores: 1436
Min FPS: 11.4
Max FPS: 118.7

everyday 1000MHZ overclock results are

FPS: 70.3
Scores: 1771
Min FPS: 39.4
Max FPS: 148.2

same settings both
Render: direct3d11
Mode: 1920x1080 4xAA fullscreen
Shaders: high
Textures: high
Filter: trilinear
Anisotropy: 4x
Occlusion: enabled
Refraction: enabled
Volumetric: enabled
Tessellation: normal


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