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Thread: Radeon 5870 @ LN2 - MSI's unlocked BIOS from Garrett Wu

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    Radeon 5870 @ LN2 - MSI's unlocked BIOS from Garrett Wu

    If you feel this isn't the appropriate section feel free to move the thread ( yeah, like you needed my permission to do that ) and accept my sincere apologies.

    I'm a bit annoyed and can get even more annoyed if I find out that my issues were caused by the modified unlocked BIOS from MSI's Garrett Wu which can be found at Guru3D's forums.

    Which BIOS version are you using guys ? Do you have any issues with this specific BIOS ?

    Any help is appreciated.
    Sorry if I sound frustrated ( it's because I indeed am frustrated )
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    Uhh background?

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    been using a MSI card with that bios without any problems - what's the issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [XC] gomeler View Post
    Uhh background?
    Jessica Alba from the Oscars ( LOL just kidding )

    Issues faced...

    1) Vertical gray lines ( at stock clocks & overclocked ) [ tried 2 different OS installations, WinXP x86 + Cat 9.10 and Win7x64 + Cat 9.10 ]
    2) The weirdest thing I've ever faced ( maybe not, I wasn't calm enough to think properly at that time )
    System shutting down due to CPU temperatures... that were nowhere near the coldbug.
    Once I switched the card with a 4550 that I had around the system worked fine and the CPU could bench fine again at -140C... and wouldn't cause any system shutdowns before exceeding -145C.

    I didn't check off-loading the load on the PSU by hooking up a second PSU, but I doubt it was the PSU's fault.
    Insulation checked and was nice 'n' clean ( the VGA is also plastic spray coated to the bone, it's like 5 layers of it ).
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    verticla gray lines - seen that a lot - but this might be the fix AMD has in the pipeline. Also getting those grey lines obviously when coldbugging. You sure to have minimal temp swing? 5870 doesn't appear to like excessive temp swings

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    what temps are you running the VGA at?

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    Tried various temps.
    With little to none temperature swing ( K|ngp|n's Tek-9 3.0 fat body here ).

    At 1150MHz GPU for example:

    -42C to -45C [ would gray line occasionally ]
    -60C to -65C [ would gray line occasionally ]
    -100C to -102C [ would gray line occasionally ]
    -150C to -155C [ gray line but at a lower rate I think ]
    -180 to -182C [ would gray line at a similar rate to -150C-155C ]
    -184C = artifacts [ once the temp gets higher than -183C ( e.g. -182C ) hit F5 once and artifacts = gone

    Best bench was AquaMark 3 run @ 1267MHz @ 1.472Vgpu.
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    Might just be a bad sample GFX card.

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    Yes, it is propably the card itself which is bad. I had similar experience last weekend with random sample from shop.

    That card I tested was the worst ever. Temperature or voltages did not change the situation too much.
    You are as good as your samples are!

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    I think ATI/AMD just acknowledged the gray line issue and has pin pointed it to software.

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    Eff it, I'm cleaning it tomorrow and returning it to the shop.
    FFS.
    Card #2 gets a bath in plastic spray tomorrow

    Thanks for your help & experiences guys
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    On which frequency was memory?
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    I need to underclock memory to 1100MHz on mine not to have gray lines issue

    The core rocks though! 1100MHz++ with only 1.31V on AIR
    Good luck with your second sample BenchZowner
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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax999 View Post
    On which frequency was memory?
    Both on stock & mildly or heavily overclocked, didn't seem to matter ( I left the mem @ stock most of the time )

    Quote Originally Posted by Lightman View Post
    I need to underclock memory to 1100MHz on mine not to have gray lines issue

    The core rocks though! 1100MHz++ with only 1.31V on AIR
    Good luck with your second sample BenchZowner
    Thanks bud
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    Many thanks to: Sue Wu, Yiwen Lin, Steven Kuo, Crystal Chen, Vivian Lien, Joe Chan, Sascha Krohn, Joe James, Dan Snyder, Amy Deng, Jack Peterson, Hank Peng, Mafalda Cogliani, Olivia Lee, Marta Piccoli, Mike Clements, Alex Ruedinger, Oliver Baltuch, Korinna Dieck, Steffen Eisentein, Francois Piednoel, Tanja Markovic, Cyril Pelupessy (R.I.P. ), Juan J. Guerrero

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