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290X Artifacting

zoob

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Hey guys,

Experiencing an issue with my 290X. I am getting strange artifacting in Unigine Valley where it shows up like little ansi art symbols over the screen: ░ ▒

Are there any good tests I can run to check for GPU RAM stability?

Here's what happened:

My original card had a failed fan.

Sent it for RMA earlier this year and got one that artifacted.
This card got little use so I wanted to run some stress tests before getting rid of it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPy8EJeVpOQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG5qMWU9NsE

Sent that one in for RMA and got this one that is even worse:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRblUoyKeu4

Am I unlucky or am I getting bad 'refurbished' cards back? All three cards use Elpida RAM.

The first RMA card I tested on two different systems, X99 and Z87, stock settings, Windows 10 64Bit, Catalyst 15.7 and 15.8 beta.

The second RMA card tested in only one system Windows 10 64bit Catalyst 15.8 beta.

I'm tempted to grab a spare HDD and test a clean Win7 install but it all seems like a waste of time.

Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom.
 

SKYMTL

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That's odd. Typically when I have seen memory artifacting it was always multi-colored. That almost looks like an input connector issue.
 

zoob

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That's odd. Typically when I have seen memory artifacting it was always multi-colored. That almost looks like an input connector issue.
I tested on two different monitors and it does the same. One with DL-DVI and one with DP.
 

Dragonstongue

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that bottom one is def problems.
the top 2 I honestly did not notice anything, I would have to watch many times to see it, hard to tell from quick clips.

Did you run proper driver cleaning etc?
Also the 15.10 or whatever that AMD has out now is apparently quite good.
 

zoob

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Confirmed bad card. I installed it in a new computer with a clean Win7 install, same issues.
Freakin ASUS man.
 

low351

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Great, I just bought an Asus card... :) it's NVIDIA based though, hopefully I won't encounter same kind of issues.
 
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