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    Artifacts in 3D Games

    Hi,
    I seem to be getting some pretty bad artifacts in 3D games from my graphics card. Although it work fine in windows etc.
    Last edited by Happyman88; 06-06-2010 at 10:53 PM.

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    Re: Artifacts in 3D Games

    Could be getting too hot under load. What are the temps? What kind of cooler does it have?

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    Re: Artifacts in 3D Games

    My guess would also be its getting to hot.

    If it has only just started to happen you may want to check that the heatsink is not full of dust. If it is then clean it out with compressed air (don't use the hoover!).

    If its not dusty then it may be worth making sure that the fan is still spinning (you should be able to hear it!) and that the fan speed increases with temperature.

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    Re: Artifacts in 3D Games

    maybe you tried to OC the card recently? Did you try Vsync in games? Also check the heatsink.
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    Re: Artifacts in 3D Games

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Could be getting too hot under load. What are the temps? What kind of cooler does it have?

    Yep...its a heat issue.

    If it was dying/dead memory on the card, you would also see the artifacting at post as well as desktop and games.

    Take the card out and give it a good clean...get all that dust out of the fan. You would be astonished how much difference that will make.

    Unfortunately, heat issues are a real problem with all of that family of ATI card and the only real way to sort it out is to fit a very good after market cooler.

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    Re: Artifacts in 3D Games

    Flaky drivers or game software could be another culprit if you running an unusual game, but I would agree that heat is the most likey cause.

    Is it more common after you have been flagging for a while compared with when you first switch on?

    In addition to blowing the dust off the GPU cooler, you could try running your PC with the case open, and directing a large desk fan at the GPU. Obviously that would not be a good long term solution, but it would tell you if the GPU cooling is a problem, which you can then fix by upgrading the GPU cooler or adding case fans.

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    Re: Artifacts in 3D Games

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    Re: Artifacts in 3D Games

    Could be that the card has cooked it's self, hate to say it but my 9700pro slowly got worse untill I started getting corruption in the BIOS and post

    Make sure that cooler was reseated correctly and stop overclocking it if you are.

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