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Journeyman III

r9 390 nitro black screen with buzzing/looping sound from speakers

My system:

  • SAPPHIRE AMD NITRO R9 390 TRI-X OC 8GB DDR5 11244-00-20G
  • Desktop self made
  • Windows 10 64bit
  • Driver version installed 16.7.1
  • BenQ RL2455HM @60hz using HDMI
  • Motherboard : MB-GIGABYTE GA-Z97MX-GAMING 5 S-1150 C/AUDIO/RED DDR3 3000(OC) / 1600/1333MHZ/HDMI/DVI/USB 3.0/ATX
  • CPU: CORE I5-4690K HASWELL S-1150 3.50 GHZ 6MB 4 CORES 88W 22NM
  • PSU:  EVGA 110-B2-0850-V1 80PLUS PSU 850W, Bronze
  • Kingston HyperX Fury8 GB (1866 MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL10 DIMM)


I have had my GPU without problems for a year now. But for the pass week, I'm having frequent black screen crashes when I'm gaming or watching netflix/youtube, it's a black screen with the monitor staying on, and you can hear the sound of the game/video for a few seconds before it turning into a constant loop or buzz, the only way to recover is to do a hard reboot. I had 16.7.3 installed when it started, so I upgraded to 16.8.1. The crashes continued, First I tried changing PCI slots, cleaning the fans and making sure everything was connected right. The crashes continued to I then used DDU to make a clean install of 16.7.1, a driver that was stable for me before upgrading, and after 2 hours of gaming in dota2 with everything high, and then opening a youtube video in fullscreen, the system crashed to a black screen with the sound described coming out of the speakers. What really worries me is that 16.7.1 was stable for me, before, but now It's crashing.

Is this still a driver issue? Or is there something wrong with my hardware?  Any way to make sure my mobo or my gpu aren't dying?