After wondering why display driver has consistently crashed during games (e.g.: "driver has stopped and has recovered"), I decided to investigate the matter further. What I have found is that anytime I am running on 1920x1080 resolution & 144 hz, I can expect random driver crashes. However, when scale the resolution down to 1680x1050 or anything but 1920x1080, I do not experience driver crashes.
Perusing through the search engines, I found that the competition's models (NVIDIA) have had similar or the same problems in the recent past.
I experience no crashes under the following conditions:
(a) 1920x1080 with GPU clockspeed reduced to 300MHz in AMD Wattman.
(b) 1680x1050 with GPU clockspeed at factory settings in AMD Wattman.
Using a third-party software called GPU-Z, I have tested my video card thoroughly, and I confirmed that there are no irregularities in GPU temperature, voltage/power consumption or memory clockspeed during game sessions where I reproduced the crash by running 1920x1080 with factory GPU clockspeed.
My system build is as follows:
- Sapphire Nitro+ AMD Radeon RX 470 8GB
- AMD FX-8350 4.0 ghz (8-core) Processor
- 16GB DDR3 RAM
- MSI 990XA-GD55 Gaming Motherboard
- 500w eVGA Power Supply
- 120GB A-DATA SSD
- 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM HDD
- 80GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM HDD
I have more than adequate cooling — four 120mm, high CFM case fans, large aftermarket Cooler Master brand cooler with dual 140mm fans.