Since a few days I'm experiencing strong issues with my ATI Radeon HD 7870. Often while playing games my two monitors turn into weird artefacts (with ongoing music for a moment) and then stay like this after a while. Only a reboot helps. I did watch the temperature and didn't notice anything special (temperature was mostly around 60 degree with around 40% fan activity)

I have a feeling that my graphic card might be broken now ...

I took some photos of my monitors after the crash. Can you tell me your opinion if it's the graphic card or something else? (I don't think it's the RAM since the music still runs a few seconds when the monitors turn into those said artefacts)

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    Looks like hardware failure to me - try a different/known-good graphics adapter. Mar 25, 2014 at 18:28
  • why did I get a downvote? did I do something wrong? If I did, I'm sorry
    – Waylander
    Mar 25, 2014 at 18:37
  • I think you are discounting the issue with RAM too easily.Ram that is faulty will also give you visible interuptions on your screen. That has happened to me when two sticks went bad. If you have multiple sticks, test them one at a time and do a memtest.
    – Carl B
    Mar 25, 2014 at 18:37
  • No need to be sorry -- it's just an arrow and a few made up Internet points, don't feel too bad. ;) The down-vote is most likely because, aside from looking at the reported temperatures, and taking pictures, you've shown no research effort or attempts to resolve your own problem. That tends to garner down-votes. IE: if you think it's hardware, then test your theory and change the hardware. Mar 25, 2014 at 18:41
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    I think the OP is trying to find out if he has to shell out for a new graphics card. Trying another graphics card to see if that's the problem would (for most people) mean shelling out for a new card.
    – RobH
    Mar 25, 2014 at 19:01


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