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7900GT knackered already?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Kabaala, 26 May 2006.

  1. Kabaala

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    Thought i'd post and ask here before RMA'ing my 2 month old 7900gt. Lately i've been getting weird things happening while playing CoH. I've had very large triangles of colour projecting from my characters body, sometimes there's one sometimes theres a few. Exiting and re-entering the zone usually gets rid of it.
    Another strange thing i've been getting is bands of bright primary colours. For example the map thats used for dreck has broken buildings where its just bits of the wall sticking up from the ground. It's the cross sections of the walls that had the strange colour to them. I forgot to take a screeny of that one but logged on today and i noticed that the trees have the same bands of colour going through them.

    Screenshot 1

    Screenshot 2

    Screenshot 3

    Any ideas guys? The card isnt overclocked. I tried to automatically detect once with coolbits but i just got little red blue and green dots on my screen before the machaine restarted itself.
     
  2. Zefan

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    Temperature at load?
     
  3. Kabaala

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    44C idle and 53C under load. (stock cooler)
     
  4. Cyber-Mav

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    borked card.
     
  5. footman

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    have you tried unistalling and reinstalling the drivers?
     
  6. LoadsaMoney

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    Ill go along with that, could be the memory on it by the looks of the tree in the 3rd shot. :(
     
  7. bbreezeuk

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    yup
     
  8. Kabaala

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    :(

    Looks like i'm gonna have to ask OCuk to accept it back with no packaging then :(

    Won't hold my breath.
     
  9. Cyber-Mav

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    www.hardocp.com did a in depth look at the failure rate of these 7900 cards. still not as high as the 9800pro cards. :D
     
  10. fornowagain

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    More than 5% RMA?
     
  11. 3dfX

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    and rising :rolleyes:

    I feel the **** being taken, and everyones going to know about it :rolleyes:
     
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  12. PinkFloyd

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    Unlucky on needing the rma, looks like thats the only thing for it.
    What brand is yours?
    Hope mine is ok :s
     
  13. Cyber-Mav

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    to put it into perspective we need to know how many cards have been sold so far.

    if its like only 5000 then 5% of 5000 is a bit high.

    but if its like 50000 then 5% of that is not too shabby.

    but even if 100 thousand cards have been sold 5% of that would mean 5k faulty. still stings a little.
     
  14. charltonfan1

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    Excuse me if im missing the point Cyber-Mav but the whole point of percentages is that they show comparable proportions. 5% of 1 million is the same share as 5% of 10
     
  15. fornowagain

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    5% for any high-end electronic device is absolutely terrible. Its not just the replacement cost, its the processing, testing, admin and postage. Do you think device profits and markup are so great that 5% doesn't bite? And that figure's going to go up now. People will start testing and finding their cards have a problem. Or think it has a problem, but it doesn't and send it back anyway. Nightmare.
     
  16. PureAppleJuice

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    Haha, proportionately 5% is going to remain the same. How can you say 5% of 5000 is 'a bit high' as opposed to 5% of 50,000 being 'not too shabby'.
     
  17. HangTime

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    Guys I think you need to read the article more carefully:

    That doesn't mean that 5% of the cards are being returned, it means that the return rate has increased by around 3-5%. Or in other words, instead of getting 100 cards returned a week, they are getting 103-105.

    So in fact we can't actually glean any info about what proportion of cards are failing, just that more are failing than before.
     
  18. danceMB

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    Erm, I didnt hear Gainward being mentioned there, does that mean there cards are safe? I would think they have some answering to do, seeing as I returned a 7800GS+ for being faulty, which makes me a little bit uneasy with testing the new replacement they have sent me.

    No longer is it happy faces putting in a new card, there will always be that little voice saying what if its wrong, damaged, or some other problem? The more technological advances there are, the more walls & barriers present themselves. I must admit, id be tempted to go ATI if there %'age of breakages are lower.
     
  19. 3dfX

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    The problem for me: something once sold by XFX & all these other companies can't be trusted, the QA testing is none existant, let alone the cherry picked core lol
     
  20. danceMB

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    It does start to make you concerned about all these companies now, when before you thought they cherry-picked the cores & memory for there specially run high speeds that are guaranteed etc, and they are leaving there QA testing to us, the end user, to test that they properly work as promised, and if not there is another procedure to go through.

    I just prey my lucky stars that the faulty card was from OC, if it was somewhere else, I wouldnt have got such a swift service for turnaround times.