A little backstory: I bought a NVIDIA GTX 970 earlier this year, and I had no issues with it, til' one day, when I'd start getting these random crashes where the audio would still be going on, but the screen would turn a single random, solid color, forcing me to hard reset. It didn't really matter which game...heck, I'd even get it on Second Life. I chalked it up to a card malfunction and went out to grab an XFX R9 390 from Best Buy, since I've never owned an AMD card and I thought I'd give it a shot. Come home, installed it, wiped the old drivers and put some new ones on, bam: first week I start having issues.
The game would freeze, then the screen would turn black, crashing the game in question with a "amdkmdap has stopped working and has successfully recovered", Event Viewer ID 4101. I've tried pretty much everything under the sun to fix it, including:
-Swapping out my PSU...I went from a 800W Corsair PSU to a 650W Corsair PSU....both of which SHOULD be enough to run this thing
-Tried a new motherboard
-Tried some new RAM
-Swapped my i7 out for my old, working i5
-Changed anti virus programs
-Turned MSI Afterburner off
-Reinstalled Windows 7
-Installed Windows 10
-Did some fancy registry stuff to tweak the TDR timing threshold
All to no avail. It seems to ONLY do this on DX11 games...FF14, GTAV, Watch_Dogs, Theif to name a few, but I can play stuff like Payday 2, and of course FF14 with the DX9 client just fine! I did a bit of research here, and I discovered that the 300 series has some issues that sound an awful lot like the kind I'm having. I put my old 970 back in for now, and so far I've had one similar crash on Dungeon Defenders 2, but I have a feeling that's something unrelated, and other than that, it's working like a charm (and surprisingly, a bit better than the R9!)
My question is: Is this something on my end, or did AMD just put out some bad drivers? Is there any way I can fix this? If it is AMD's problem, is there any way I can possibly get a refund or return this thing to Best Buy?
(totally posted this is the wrong section to start with. woo~)