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Graphical corruption: How do you know if it's hardware, or software?

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I recently upgraded to an RX 580. Specifically, it's the XFX GTR-S model, which is factory-overclocked to 1,430MHz. However, since the card is advertised as having a "1,450MHz OC+ Capable Clock", I overclocked it in WattMan to 1,450MHz.

After playing Ghost Recon: Wildlands for about an hour, I started to notice some pieces of the environment flickering to black. The sky, different parts of the terrain, and other things randomly started flashing.

I figured, "OK, maybe this card isn't as capable of 1,450MHz like it's advertised to be." So reset the overclock and put it back at 1,430MHz.

After getting back into the game, it was fine for a few minutes, but then this happened:

I guess my question is: How in the world do I know if this is just the game being dumb, or a bad driver, or (worst scenario) bad hardware?

To help narrow it down, I also own a different, slightly-older RX 480, and that card has been able to run the game perfectly fine for the past several weeks that I've been playing it. Which makes me worry that it's the new card causing the issues.

I just barely updated to the new AMD driver 17.5.2, so it's hard to say if it's the driver or not. I guess I could revert back to an older driver, and if the issue still happens, then it would safely rule out the driver and point to a bad card.

Just an observation: The graphical corruption still seems to exist "within the confines of the game", so to speak. There was a DoF effect being applied to it, the brownish/blackish colors matched my darker-skinned character, and if I rotated the camera a certain way, I was able to take a glimpse at the environment normally again, without the wall of chaos in front of me.

I just want to know if I need to send this 580 back for a replacement or not. Full PC specs are in sig. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.

 
Date: May 19, 2017   


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