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I have been getting some very odd crashes recently with my new XFX Radeon HD 7770 graphics card. It runs Tribes: Ascend and Crysis at max settings perfectly well, but (it started doing this last week) when I load up the original Assassin's Creed, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Magicka, or any number of other games, it only works for a short amount of time (under a minute) before the fan revs to 100%, and either the display goes blank, or I get a blue screen (Display driver has crashed and could not be reset). In either case, a system reset is the only way out.

Things I have tried:
⠀• Upgrading AMD Catalyst and display drivers to latest version
⠀• Updating ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 drivers to latest version
⠀• Getting Windows 7 up to date

Things I have tried since initially asking this question here:

  • Contacting XFX; Reinstalling drivers via their prescribed methods
  • Running Furmark; stable while doing so
  • Running 3dMark at XFX's request: Crash caused within 30 seconds
  • Taking a GPU-Z log during the crash at XFX's request, which I can post if needed.

System specs:
⠀• OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.
⠀• Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
⠀• Processor: AMD FX-8350 Vishera (8-core)
⠀• PSU: Rosewill Lightning-1300
⠀• Case: Rosewill Thor V2
⠀• Primary drive is a Samsung SSD; secondary is a Western Digital Caviar Green (Newer rev, I know the older models had issues).
⠀• Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatality Champion.

  • Hm, that's odd. How does it handles FurMark (temperature, fan %)? – Petr Abdulin Dec 5 '13 at 3:46
  • I think I had a similar issue with the 5770. It seemed to have a hard time "ramping up" to the top mhz for the core clock/memory speed (it ran on some eco-power settings keeping the mhz down). I ended up using ATI Tray tools to manually set them near the top, and I was able to play fine. I'd say its worth a shot on your system. Secondly- check the temps. – Gaʀʀʏ Dec 5 '13 at 5:42
  • Temperature wise it actually does really well, I'll run furmark on it today but it's never been above 50 degrees Celsius. Plus, it weirds me out that it runs Crysis fine at max settings but can't handle AC1... – riehlncopower Dec 6 '13 at 15:02
  • Okay, I ran FurMark. Temperature maxed out at 65 degrees Celsius and stabilized at 64. The fan went up to only 41% during the test. I averaged 37 FPS over 33476 frames. – riehlncopower Dec 6 '13 at 15:47
  • Followup here: Furmark ran fine, but 3DMark causes a bluescreen within 30 seconds, every time (3 attempts made at XFX's request). I'm trying to work this out with XFX but will continue posting updates in case this helps anyone in the future. – riehlncopower Dec 10 '13 at 10:21

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