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    HIS Radeon HD 3870 - Artifacts??

    Hi i recently built my own pc and i've been having some problems with the 3870 in relation to artifacts. I'll try post a screenshot as soon as possible but here is the info:

    The 3870 runs at around 45C on idle but whilst gaming it peaks at around 75C. The card has no other PCI cards underneath it so there is plenty of air and space for it (6 PCI slots free). Also i am using 7.12 catalyst drivers. After running a game for around an hour black lines/streaks appear.

    Does anybody know why this is occuring??? I've heard that Heat could cause artifacts ?? This true??

    Here are my PC specs:

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @2.4GHz
    Memory: 2GB
    Mobo: Gigabyte X38-DQ6
    GFX: HIS Radeon HD 3870 512MB
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    Re: HIS Radeon HD 3870 - Artifacts??

    doubt its heat.

    my 3850 (with the single slot cooler) runs at over 80 when gaming, when it was testing itself for overclocking it would hit 91.

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    Re: HIS Radeon HD 3870 - Artifacts??

    then what could it be??

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    Re: HIS Radeon HD 3870 - Artifacts??

    I had an X800XL once with similar artifact problems, RMA'd and scan put it down to bad memory on the card.

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    Re: HIS Radeon HD 3870 - Artifacts??

    Artefacts are usually dodgy memory chips on the card, as Wyoming said. Not much you can do other than RMA it. Chances are it'll just be a one off dodgy chip.

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    Re: HIS Radeon HD 3870 - Artifacts??

    have u oc the card , what game u're playing & resolution u set?

    cheers,

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    Re: HIS Radeon HD 3870 - Artifacts??

    No i havn't oc'd the card and i usually play at 1440x900...btw how do i RMA the card?

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    Re: HIS Radeon HD 3870 - Artifacts??

    Get in touch with the company you bought it from and tell them it's faulty

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