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    Asus Ares III - I'm really dreading it being fault

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    This isn't the first time this has happened, actually its now 7 in 4 days, since I turned off auto restart to see what the crashes were.

    It's been rebooting since I put the card in with more and more frequency, the display port doesn't work properly, the screen flickers constantly (tried 3 cables) but hdmi seems solid apart from crashes.

    Hardware Accelerated Videos crash the entire PC about 10% of the time, another 20% of the time they turn green showing no video.

    I have done a full driver wipe using the tool, and installed the latest catalyst drivers. The drivers for all other components are up to date, and I have no generic drivers nor warnings on the PC.

    System specification:

    Graphics Card AMD Radeon R9 290X
    Vendor Asustek Computer, Inc.
    # of cards 2
    SLI / CrossFire On
    Memory 4,096 MB
    Core clock 1,030 MHz
    Memory bus clock 1,250 MHz
    Driver name ASUS ARES3
    Driver version 14.100.0.0
    Driver status FM Approved

    Processor

    Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
    Reported stock core clock 3,600 MHz
    Physical / logical processors 1 / 12
    # of cores 6
    Package LGA2011
    Manufacturing process 22 nm
    TDP 130 W

    General

    Operating system 64-bit Windows 8 (6.2.9200)
    Motherboard ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION
    Memory 65,536 MB
    Module 1 8,192 MB G.Skill DDR3 @ 800 MHz
    Module 2 8,192 MB G.Skill DDR3 @ 800 MHz
    Module 3 8,192 MB G.Skill DDR3 @ 800 MHz
    Module 4 8,192 MB G.Skill DDR3 @ 800 MHz
    Module 5 8,192 MB G.Skill DDR3 @ 800 MHz
    Module 6 8,192 MB G.Skill DDR3 @ 800 MHz
    Module 7 8,192 MB G.Skill DDR3 @ 800 MHz
    Module 8 8,192 MB G.Skill DDR3 @ 800 MHz

    Primary Hard drive model 256 GB Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series
    Secondary Hard DIsks 2x 1TB Samsung SSD Evo in raid 0

    Temperatures are 35'c CPU 36'c GPU idle, water is at 26'c.

    Under load the CPU maxes at around 51'c, GPU at 58'c and Water 32'c.

    Attached is the screen shot of the crash

    Please tell me nothing is wrong and I don't have to dismantle this loop for RMA I have spent so much on this PC now that if I have to pay more, even take more time off work (It's my work machine I work from home as a Software Developer) you will see a post of a grown man crying.

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    Nice artifacts -.-
    It seems that one or more vrams are dying, it's interesting that this happens on arrival. A possible reason could be that the waterblock puts to much pressure on some of the vrams and damaged them. This should be discovered in quality control center, but it seems that Asus skipped this step.
    Bring your graphics card back and hope the best to get a replacement or your money back.
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    I will call the retailer up now and see what they will do. Then go cry in the corner as I realise I need to refill the damn loop again!

    Thank you dude for confirming my fears.

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    So this is from just 1 Ares 3? You are not implying 2 Ares 3 in crossfire? Good luck! I ask because I bought 2 Ares 3 and am afraid to start crossfire-ing them yet...feel it's too early for these cards

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