In February of this year I bought a new video card - an AMD HD7970. In two games I have been trying to play recently (Skyrim and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood), I have had consistent issues with the game completely freezing my computer. The screen stays frozen while the sound is caught in a loop, and I'm forced to manually use the power switch on the PSU in order to reboot.
I have had additional issues since installing this new video card including:
- I can't put my computer in sleep mode without suddenly the fan in the video card increasing to full speed.
- When uninstalling the driver, I get a blank screen at the end forcing me to manually reboot.
- Sometimes when I leave my computer idle for more than 30 minutes, I either get a message saying the driver failed or the screen does not come back properly at all and I'm forced to reboot.
I had assumed it was either a driver issue or just a weird issue with it noticing my monitor because I could play games without problems, but I now realize I wasn't playing anything that would really push the video card until now and there have since been several driver updates, making me now wonder if it's hardware related.
I have attempted uninstalling drivers and trying different versions (and using Driver Sweeper to clean it out) but the problem does not seem to be going away. I also tried turning off any overclocking on the CPU (I never overclocked the video card). Around the same time I purchased the new video card, I bought an SSD to serve as my primary drive. At that time I did a complete fresh install of Windows 7. I haven't had any additional issues involving the SSD, however, and moving the games onto one of my regular hard drives does not eliminate this issue.
System specs: Windows 7 64-bit (OEM Version), i7-920 @ 3.4; Corsair XMS3 6 GB DDR3 RAM (forget what the timing is); Corsair TX750 PSU (non-modular); Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro PCI-E; Powercolor HD 7970
I guess I would just like to know if there is something else that could be causing the problem and what I should test before resorting to sending my card back to the manufacturer for who knows how long (the 30-day RMA period from the store I bought it from has long since passed.)