I recently bought two Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE 3X OC (rev 2.0) cards from different sellers on eBay. The first R9 280X works great and I haven't come across any major issues. The second card isn't working properly. Whenever I try to play a DirectX title, the game crashes to the desktop or freezes and forces me to reboot. So far, I've tried Battlefield 4, Crysis 3 and Metro: Last Light. None of those games work and if it crashes to the desktop, I'm met with an error along the lines of "DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_REMOVED" (Crysis 3) or "DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG" (Battlefield 4)".
I took a screenshot of both cards in GPU-Z:
R9 280X #1 (works):
R9 280X #2 (doesn't work):
I noticed that the memory type has a different name: Elpida instead of Hynix. And the BIOS version seems to be older. Is there anything I can do try to fix the card? I've uninstalled and reinstalled my drivers properly. I even ran a driver cleaner program to remove any leftover registry entries. Also, I've ruled out my PSU after I tried it in my brother's PC.
Best Answer Yusuf M. , 17 June 2014 - 07:56
If it's been undervolted then they've modified the BIOS. Modifying the BIOS to something custom is really daft and could have caused other problems especially if they've not taken the different specifications of the memory etc. into consideration. Don't count on that card lasting long, it might just suddenly die completely out of the blue.
I figured the BIOS was modified because I wasn't able to change the voltage with OC Guru II. Anyway, I found a solution to my problem. I re-flashed the latest BIOS for the Elipda card (F60) and it's back to a max voltage of 1.200v. It's running fine but I'm going to switch back to the Hynix card after a couple of days of gaming. If it runs fine, I'll put an ad up for it on Kijiji. At the moment, I don't need two video cards and I'd rather keep the one that performs better.Go to the full post