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Sapphire Radeon 5770 Vapor-X Artifacts

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February 6, 2013 6:09:00 PM

Aloha All and Mahalo in advance!

Moved the card from one unit to another, and now there are a ton of artifacts in all 3D games/benchmarks. It looks like 2D works fine. And yes I was grounded when doing the switch. Any ideas?

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February 6, 2013 6:12:45 PM

What is the make/model of power supply in the second rig? Typically, these issues are heat/power related.
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February 6, 2013 6:21:52 PM

Thanks for the fast response. PS is a Antec Neo-HE 500 watt. And here are the temps::


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February 6, 2013 6:27:20 PM

Are you overclocking the GPU and are your drivers current?
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February 6, 2013 6:31:05 PM

Catalyst 13.1 and most recent DirectX. No OC.
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February 6, 2013 6:36:57 PM

also try with the latest beta 13.2 beta 5... it is the only game with artifacts?
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February 6, 2013 6:45:02 PM

BF3 does it and so does 3DMark 11. 3DMark also shows what I suspect is post-processing errors. I'm guessing they are supposed to be lens flares and blur, but is just shows a ton of blue on the screen. FTL runs fine.

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February 6, 2013 7:55:01 PM

Your temps look very good. This may be a hardware failure. It sucks, but tends to happen from time to time. Is the card in warranty by any chance?
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February 6, 2013 8:36:51 PM

Unfortunately no. I actually scraped this machine together from a machine that was donated to me for a Senior Center, and some spare parts I had laying around. Believe it or not, they are big into games. The card was working fine as an external for a laptop, but when I put it in the desktop it started throwing the artifacts. The donated machine was missing the graphics card so I threw it in along with the better PS. The only hardware issue, besides bad card, I can see now is that the MB is an nVidia based board. Possible driver conflict with AMD/ATI card? Mahalo for any input!

While running OCCT test, noticed a spike in Temp...66C...will try to get it lower later. There is a Razer AC-1 card I added as well, which is right next to the graphics card, I will remove and try to improve airflow. I will also take out and check the video card again, maybe remove the cooler and re-grease it.
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February 6, 2013 10:46:07 PM

I am sure my reference 5770 ran hotter then that.

You could try to drop the clock speeds a bit(core and mem) to see if it helps. This can buy some more time when a cards memory or core are starting to fail.

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