I am having the exact same problem. I just bought a Saphire R9 290 (Black friday sale) to replace my HD 6970. The same day i installed it I noticed in between BF4 map changes this weird flickering, but once in game it went away. Then after the game was over issue comes back. If I unplug my display port and then back in, the issue is resolved about about 30 min to a an hour, then it starts happening again. Hard to do anything on this computer now (besides gaming) with all the horizontal flickering.
I am running on the latest BETA crimson drivers and still an issue. I did not have this issue with my 6970 with current setup. I am running 3 screens 2 x dvi, and 1 x display port. I have been googling for a while and see this issue popping up everywhere, some people say RMA, others say increase voltage. Has anyone tried and RMA to see if the card they get back as the same issue?
Sapphire had me RMA my card (r9 290x 4gb tri-x) to fix this problem. I'm on my 4th card now (R9 290x 8gb Vapor-x) and the problem still persists on every card. I would not have RMA'd if I had known then what I know now. The only reason for the last RMA was that only 1 fan would work and the card was overheating (that's another story). Problem with RMA is they replace with a used card (previous RMA from someone else, refurbished) and the original I sent was in mint condition. Maybe you get a good one, maybe not.
For some reason or another no one want's to hear that it's a software issue, even though I have tried to tell them. I will keep this last one until something else breaks.
I'm still getting by though, by not using the Display Port and instead using: 1- hdmi (dvi to hdmi adapter) and 2- dvi. If you want a 4th monitor, your out of luck
Although, I'm not sure if this method will work for all cards, it has been working for mine.
All-in-all, this has been a pretty discouraging experience, with the lack of support by AMD in at least acknowledging this is a problem, only support is what us forum members give each other.
Just send back your AMD card and buy Nvidia : it's a 6 month old bug, and AMD did even not recognise this problem as a bug.
So go away from AMD, and get a card which will work as it should !
It's not the cards that are faulty and you know it .Personally, I am not discouraged with this bug as there are solutions, but it is really sad to see how this situation really gets out of proportions.People have RMA'd various fully functional cards and you advocate to abandon the maker of cards with buggy drivers altogether .
Thanks for that, I cancelled my RMA and switched to HDMI on my main screen as you suggested and the issue went away. (Been a few days so far, but the issue would occur within an hour of use originally) I can live without DP and I do not need a 4th screen this second.
I have been an ATI/AMD fan boy for as long as I can remember, so I will try to stick it out with them a little longer. If you can believe it my last NVIDIA card was the RIVA TNT 2, so I have stayed true to ATI/AMD for a while (Originally as ATI was a Canadian Company).
I hope they fix this bug eventually!
I'm having the exact same issue.
I have an XFX 290x with a 3 monitor setup. My main monitor is connected via display port, the two others are connected with DVI. I'm running windows 10 and I have the latest drives. I'm getting horizontal tearing in 2D mode after the computer has been running for a while otherwise the graphics card runs fine. It fixes itself after I reboot but I have to constantly reboot which is incredibly annoying. I spent another $120 on a new power supply thinking that was the problem. AMD if you're reading this PLEASE FIX THIS ISSUE!
I just installed 15.12 and the issue still exists...It happens right after the computer wakes up from sleep mode. The issue goes away when I turn on and off my monitor.
Same issue, Radeon R9 200, 3 monitors (DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI-D), Windows 10. Found a setting change that worked for me.
I right-clicked on the desktop and clicked AMD Radeon Settings. Then, I clicked Display, and then Additional Settings in the upper right. In the new Radeon Additional Settings window, I clicked Properties (Digital Flat-Panel under Digital Flat-Panels in the left hand menu bar. I selected the monitor that connected via DVI in the selection box above Panel Information. I then unchecked Alternate DVI Operational Mode and checked Reduce DVI frequency on high-resolution displays in the DVI Settings box. When I clicked Apply at the bottom, the flicker went away.
UPDATE: BAD UPDATE
Just a little history: I was on driver 15.6 until September. It's then I decided to try 15.9.1 and notice the flickering issue on desktop, but back then I also noticed a bug while playing games...every games but I had so many issues recently and trying to fix the 2d bug that I forgot about the games bug. I tried many drivers to soon realize that any drivers above 15.6 was causing issues (15.7 and up), the issue mentionned in this thread actually.
I also found out a PSU problem I had with my Lepa G 1600 http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2455424 . So I RMAed my PSU and bought an EVGA SuperNova 1600T2 and my shutting PC issue went away. This process took around a month or so and I just received my RMAed PSU this week. So long process: diagnose PC, realize defective PSU, send PSU to RMA, buy another better PSU, wait for the new PSU, receive new PSU, install new PSU, cable management. This whole PSU problem made me forget about the 15.7 and up bug.
So for people following this thread, it took a while to diagnose the 2d clocks issue/flickering and to try to find out the best workaround so I settled for GPU Tweak 2d clocks (idle) set at 1250mhz so the desktop flickering went away. So with GPU tweak set accordingly, this issue in the video doesn't appear anymore on desktop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEDeIxsWroI
So with all those issues I had for the past two months were solved and put aside, I decided to start back gaming, gaming for long period... it's then I realise the game stuttering bug was still present when playing for a little while. I have been working on that issue for the past two weeks and I now have a conclusion: since 15.7, there is a bug issue with display port cable/monitor with 2d and 3d.
In the video bellow, I can play for like an hour or less without issue and then stuttering and sound cracking appear after a while, I have to unplug display port cable (or restart PC) to remove the bug and then I can play for another hour before the bug gets back... as shown in the video below:
So in other words, the bug I'm experiencing in this thread is appearing on 2d clocks and 3d clocks, the only workaround I have is for 2d clocks. For 3d clocks I have to unplug and plug back the DP cable everytime the bug appears during games (as shown in the video above)and by the way it appears in EVERY GAMES and even if I quit a game and go in another game, the bug will be there too, the only solution is to restart PC or unplug DP cable and plug it back.
No issue with 15.6 but missing many crossfire profiles.
PLEASE AMD, fix your damm things