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Radeon 5870 pinstripe issues appear to be linked to memory

HeXploiT

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I picked up the XFX Radeon 5870 XXX edition card a few weeks ago from newegg and was having all sorts of problems getting crashes two minutes into a game ending in the what is now becoming the famous "pinstripe" crash.
I lowered the clocks on that card from the factory overclocked 875/1300 to the original values of 850/1200 and the card ran "ok" but I was very unhappy that it could not perform at its advertised clocks so I sent it back to Newegg for RMA.
I decided that perhaps my 680i motherboard was partially to blame so I switched to a P5Q deluxe and installed the new card only to find that it too was promptly crashing in games and benchmarks.
These crashes were all at very acceptable temps mind you.(<60c)
I have now lowered the mem clock on this card to 1250 and now it runs fine.
What a bunch of crap.
I'd hoped this was merely a driver issue but it's looking more like the memory is just not up to spec on these cards. This isn't limited to just the XXX version either but to many different brands of 5870.

Interested to hear of the experiences other 5870 owners are having.
 

CKXP

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Is this "pinstripe" crash, similiar to vertical lines running down your screen when your 5870 crashes? If so, I have a HD 5770 with similar issues. This is my second HD 5770 with the same problem. The first was a HIS that brand that I rma'd thinking that it was a faulty card. I now have a Powercolor brand experiencing the same issue.

From what I can tell the crashes are completely random. There are times when it will crash while watching videos on Hulu in high def. other times it will crash while just surfing the net. Mostly it crashes while gaming, but again it is completely random. Sometimes I can game for hours without a problem, other times it occurs within a few minutes.

I have searched around, and have found other 5700 and 5800 series owners with the same problem. Most people that are experiencing this issue are running Win 7 64bit. I'm not sure what the issue is myself, but right now I'm completely frustrated that this keeps occurring.
 

HeXploiT

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Is this "pinstripe" crash, similiar to vertical lines running down your screen when your 5870 crashes? If so, I have a HD 5770 with similar issues. This is my second HD 5770 with the same problem. The first was a HIS that brand that I rma'd thinking that it was a faulty card. I now have a Powercolor brand experiencing the same issue.

From what I can tell the crashes are completely random. There are times when it will crash while watching videos on Hulu in high def. other times it will crash while just surfing the net. Mostly it crashes while gaming, but again it is completely random. Sometimes I can game for hours without a problem, other times it occurs within a few minutes.

I have searched around, and have found other 5700 and 5800 series owners with the same problem. Most people that are experiencing this issue are running Win 7 64bit. I'm not sure what the issue is myself, but right now I'm completely frustrated that this keeps occurring.
Yes that's the same crash. Pinstripes are the vertical green/black lines. Because yours is random however I would more attribute it to drivers. I think I actually saw a solution to video crashing in the extreme systems video forum.
 

RockinZ28

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I would imagine it is memory clock related too. Just have the standard Sapphire version, but I have mine water cooled and can only get from the stock 1250mhz to 1290mhz on the memory. After that it will start messing up, 1325 and it'll stripe and crash.

I raised the voltage on the core to 1.35v and was able to get that up to 1070mhz from 850mhz, so that was pretty good.
 

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