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Driver Crash on 1920x1080 Full Screen

Question asked by dementalist on Nov 6, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 6, 2016 by dementalist

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.