I recently purchased a MSI HD7970 Lightning, and today 07/28/12 I turned the computer on to see tons of red dots on the logo screen and windows loading screen, as well as in browsers and other apps with underlying dark to black colors. They move with the window the red dots are not stuck in one place.
My system was a complete new build from newegg.
Asus Sabertooth 990FX
MSI HD7970 Lightning
Corsair AX1200 PSU
Corsair Vengeance RAM 32gb
CM HAF X 942
Corsair H100 Cooler
OCZ Vertex 4 128gb SSD
I have the latest drivers installed for mobo, and video card. BIOS Updated.
Temps on the card are fantastic Idle @ 32c, CPU @ 28c Idle.
I shut the system down, waited a minute and fired it back up. The red dots on bios logo screen and windows loading screen seemed to increase exponentially. But there are none appearing in browsers anywhere at the moment. My question now being, is this going to be a progressive problem? Or simply as you said, RMA the card and no longer worry on the issue?