Originally Posted by gevo
Hi. My computer yesterday started to have some problems in graphics.THE FAMOUS artifacts.I requested rma and they should come to take it on monday. I am jus worried that after a motherboard replacment is it possible to have the artifacts again? or some other common problems that all of the old 8790 owners have?
Can you answer my questions?
I had the famous artifact problem too. Maybe heat does contribute to it, but it's so common, I suspect the Radeon 9700 was clocked a little past the bleeding edge at the factory.
If you can live with your GPU at about 90% of the factory settings, the following suggestion (courtesy of GSFerrari back in November) might save you an unnecessary RMA:
Search and download the free utility "ATITool". Use it to UNDERCLOCK your GPU to Core=370 and Memory=230, or whatever speed is stable for you. It was the only way I could run HL2 without artifacts at 1680x1050 and high video settings. I set ATITool to load the 370/230 profile at startup because I also got artifacts while NOT gaming. Now everything displays fast and clean.
Sure beats being without a rig for weeks and praying for good results.