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Sapphire 7970 acting.. weird?

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February 23, 2013 11:07:05 PM

Hey guy, this is my first post so be kind haha.

So I replaced my Powercolour 6970 due to it not wanting to display DVI or HDMI.

I was told this card was cool and had room for overclocking.
It used to run around 32C now its 40C and 47C with two monitors. Overclocking anything above the stock OC freezes my entire system (I know each card is different but it's disappointing).
Another problem is sometimes I notice flickering textures/objects/shaders while playing games (at this stage I really don't know if its the drivers).

I contacted the place I bought it from and they said I'd be charged with the shipment as well as a service fee If I was wrong.
Anyone have opinions on the card?

Thanks.

Hopefully my specs are in my signature.

I7 2600K @ 4.58 | Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3p-B3 Mobo | Kingston Hyper-X 8GB kit | Sapphire Dual-X 7970 3GB Oc Edition @ 1000/1450 | Case Com 800watt PSU

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February 23, 2013 11:29:15 PM

Where did you purchase the card from
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February 23, 2013 11:31:45 PM

Pc case gear
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February 23, 2013 11:49:54 PM

ouch...well how much are they charging for you to ship it to them if your wrong
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February 23, 2013 11:54:07 PM

Shipping is around $25, then service is $25. I'm a student so you can understand my hesitation haha.
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February 23, 2013 11:58:20 PM

OK look now just hang on there... Chill it... What method and program did you use to overclock the card? Did you increase voltage?

It is already factory OCd, so to get more out of it you will almost definitely have to increase the voltage a bit.

Besides, they will just give you the finger if you retrun a card because it will not OC. LOL...
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February 24, 2013 12:05:01 AM

It comes factory overclocked. Its like 8% higher than reference I think.. so not that much.
The software I've experimented with is Trixx and AMD Overdrive.
I can get it to 1050/1450, anything over is no good, even with the voltage upped from 1075 to 1081 etc. I move up in 25mhz increments, when it starts to bug out I try to raise the voltage by 5 until it stabilizes, but that never happens.

I know overclocking is not under warranty but the other problems I've mentioned are a tad weird.
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February 24, 2013 12:21:08 AM

mjcullz said:
It comes factory overclocked. Its like 8% higher than reference I think.. so not that much.
The software I've experimented with is Trixx and AMD Overdrive.
I can get it to 1050/1450, anything over is no good, even with the voltage upped from 1075 to 1081 etc. I move up in 25mhz increments, when it starts to bug out I try to raise the voltage by 5 until it stabilizes, but that never happens.

I know overclocking is not under warranty but the other problems I've mentioned are a tad weird.


Try MSI afterburner...

I ahd a similar issue on my Dual-x HD7950.
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February 24, 2013 12:23:12 AM

I'll give that a go, thanks.
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February 24, 2013 12:24:38 AM

Novuake said:
Try MSI afterburner...

I ahd a similar issue on my Dual-x HD7950.


+1 Afterburner and PrecisionX are the only that I have had success with.
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February 24, 2013 12:26:42 AM

BloodyDream3 said:
+1 Afterburner and PrecisionX are the only that I have had success with.


Actually I had that issue with MSI Afterburner! Hahaha but Trixx worked for me...

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February 24, 2013 12:42:55 AM

Novuake said:
Actually I had that issue with MSI Afterburner! Hahaha but Trixx worked for me...


Oh wow haha. I've never tried Trixx. I do best with PrecisionX, I can clock up to 1250 and Afterburner only lets me go up to 1189. I have an EVGA card though, so it makes sense haha.
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February 24, 2013 12:48:27 AM

BloodyDream3 said:
Oh wow haha. I've never tried Trixx. I do best with PrecisionX, I can clock up to 1250 and Afterburner only lets me go up to 1189. I have an EVGA card though, so it makes sense haha.


Well there you go, and I have a Sapphire card. LOL! Go figure. BUt I have always use MSI Afterburner. But hey I guess things change.
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February 24, 2013 12:50:42 AM

Wait does Precision X support AMD cards?
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February 24, 2013 12:52:10 AM

Rockdpm said:
Wait does Precision X support AMD cards?



No it does not... eVGa only does Nvidia cards. Just like Sapphire only does AMD.
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February 24, 2013 2:06:09 AM

What games are you experiencing flickering in? Flickering is a known issue for dx9 games with the 7000 series.
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February 24, 2013 2:28:16 AM

Ok i was about to say I know EVGA is NVIDIA's tier 1 partner so i know they arent gonna support AMD cards...
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February 24, 2013 2:28:26 AM

Ok i was about to say I know EVGA is NVIDIA's tier 1 partner so i know they arent gonna support AMD cards...
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February 24, 2013 2:39:57 AM

As far as overclocking software asus GPU tweak blows the rest away. Using it on my sapphire toxic. Trixx has some issue with punkbuster that causes crashes
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February 24, 2013 2:46:01 AM

Yea Punkbuster is a B. Finds alot of things to be cheats that really arent
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February 24, 2013 2:46:24 AM

unksol said:
As far as overclocking software asus GPU tweak blows the rest away. Using it on my sapphire toxic. Trixx has some issue with punkbuster that causes crashes


Have not seen any issues on BF3? I believe it uses punkbuster.
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February 24, 2013 8:22:03 AM

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What games are you experiencing flickering in? Flickering is a known issue for dx9 games with the 7000 series.


Dead space 3 gets black screen flickers, close to artifacts.

Crysis 2 and 3 get the occasional texture flicker.

Just played up til the second level where you get to the open field (Crysis 3) and it started to artifact bad.

Battlefield 3 is fine surprisingly..

Sigh.. I don't know what the hell is happening.. when the card was delivered to my house, they didnt actually tell me it arrived. So they left it out in the sun for a couple of hours. I dont know if that would damage the card.
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February 24, 2013 1:31:25 PM

No that wouldn't damage a card..considering the card technically gets hotter in your computer than sitting outside doing..nothing
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