R9800 Pro - ingame problems

By kevincs514
May 6, 2004
  1. I just bought an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb and installed it today. the trouble is that all games that I try to run have horrible tear-like spots.. mostly noticable on dark surfaces but prevents me from playing any game.

    I've already done a format to avoid confusion from my old gf4's files, and i've got catalyst 4.4 installed (tried the previous version also - same problems).

    *i've attached a pic of bf1942 as an example.. it's truly about 2x as bad as it looks in the screenshot*

    i've tried the following games and it's done it in all of them (in both directx and opengl modes): half-life, bf1942, battlefield vietnam, far cry, c&c generals, warcraft iii.

    im open to all suggestions

    btw, specs:
    amd athlon xp 2000+
    dfi lanparty nfII ultra b
    768mb pc2700
    ati radeon 9800 pro 128mb

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  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,606   +287

    I'd say that its possible there is a problem with the ram on the video card. I'd consider sending it back and getting a replacement. You could download RivaTuner from and underclock it to make sure its not a heat issue but when I've overclocked my 9800 non-pro too far before I've seen strange artifacts not too dissimilar to what your seeing.
  3. kevincs514

    kevincs514 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    alright I followed your advice, arris, and it seems to have reduced the amount of tear-like spots on the screen.. but it is still there. I reduced the ram clock from 333 to 308mhz, and the gpu core clock from 375 to 303mhz.

    does this follow with an overheating theory? i've got a stock "arctic cooling" cooler attached and on Hi. I already checked the heatsink for therm compound and added my own for consistency and thoroughness.
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