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Journeyman III

MSI RX 5700 EVOKE OC game freeze & Radeon software crash


I recently got an MSI RX 5700 EVOKE OC and I'm encountering severe issues while trying to play one specific game. I initially suspected issues with the game - that being called Transport Fever 2. As soon as the game finishes loading a map and switches over to the actual user interface it almost immediately freezes and has to be closed through the task manager.

I initially suspected the game to be the cause. However I noticed other things that shouldn't be affected by the game. The specific effects I'm seeing are:

- AMD Radeon Software crash

- HDMI Audio output being disabled until PC is restarted

- If the game that is in the freeze state is not closed after some time the screen for the whole system goes black and the PC restarts after a few minutes (BSOD)

The initial trigger is not the game freezing but actually the Radeon software crashes first which then is followed by the game freezing immediately afterwards. The Windows Event log (Application section) confirms this by displaying the Radeon crash events first (Event IDs 1000 and 1001) then followed by a report of the "Application Hang" (Event ID 1002) for the game shortly afterwards. I attached the Radeon software crash event information from my most recent attempt.

Things I've already tried attempting to solve the issue without luck:

  • Reducing graphical settings of the game to minimum
  • Re-Installing the game
  • Uninstalling GPU drivers in Windows Safe mode by using DDU and re-installing AMD drivers and software with latest version (Adrenalin 2020 version 20.4.1)
  • Using MSI afterburner to increase Core Voltage from 1037 mV to 1100 mV (temporary change)
  • Using MSI afterburner software to temporarily lower Core Clock (1750 MHz => 1600)
  • Ensuring that all programs in the background are shut down
  • disabled secondary display in Windows
  • Updated AMD X470 chipset drivers with latest versions directly from AMD and MSI Motherboard BIOS
  • Checked Power Supply in case instability was related to this

I had an NVIDIA Geforce 970 before and no issues with games. And even the RX 5700 seems to be working fine for most games I've tried so far. But this particular one is the first that really gives me a headache and I'd like to know what is going on and solve the problem.

I've attached the DxDiag so you also have an idea of the computer setup I'm running.

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Journeyman III

Re: MSI RX 5700 EVOKE OC game freeze & Radeon software crash

After having updated the drivers to 20.4.2 one of the freezing issues was fixed. But new issues were introduced.

Starcraft 2 worked fine with 20.4.1 but as soon as I start it now when I use the 20.4.2 drivers both screens start flickering. Also when I tried to Alt + Tab to my Desktop I got a BSOD...

I reached my breaking point with the RX 5700 and its drivers. I wanted to give the AMD GPUs a fair chance because I really thought the products looked good. I'm really disappointed though with what I've gotten. The performance was pretty good for the games when the card is working. However due to the high amount of problems I encountered it's basically useless...

Since the original post I encountered several other things that really caused me headaches:

1. Audio output via HDMI randomly causing electrical noise - no specific action that triggers it, it just suddenly starts and sometimes even randomly stops after a few minutes

2. PC suddenly freezing out of nowhere in the middle of a game - didn't happen before I used the RX 5700. Games where it happend => XCOM 2 and Stronghold HD (REALLY old game)

I'm still using a AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor in my PC and I have no problems with it. However AMD GPUs will be blacklisted again for me in the foreseeable future until I'm sure the product is working properly...

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