Question Grainy/static/pixelated/blurry textures, reflections, and shadows in all games.

Grant Cole

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Ever since upgrading to Ryzen 5 3600 on a new MSI B450 Tomahawk Max I've been experiencing graphical bugs or artifacts in all my games. These graphical bugs can be defined as grainy/static/pixelated/blurry textures, reflections, and shadows in all 3d games (does not effect retro styled 2d games).

Build uses a SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 380 (aware this is an old card), however this issue did not occur on my previous build. Graphical artifacts now also appear in games I used to play on my older build.

This is a well documented issue I've seen on various websites using multiple web searches, but there doesn't seem to be a clear cut answer. Most forum dicussions (including those in Tom's Hardware), usually have no direct or conclusive solutions.

Important Details & Troubleshooting Steps:
  • Turned off Overclocking.
  • Bios is up to date using version 7C02v35 released on November 11th 2019.
  • Air dusted entire PC including PCI slot and the R9 380 using a Datavac.
  • Reforatted SSD using a fresh but non-activated version of Windows 10 (Not pirated, just not activated).
  • Uninstalled AMD software and deleted AMD folder under Local Disk C.
  • Cleaned video drivers using DDU using safe mode with networking.
  • Installed AMD Adrenalin 20.1.3.
Specs:
  • Ryzen 5 3600
  • MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
  • 2 x 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB
  • SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 380
  • EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B 80PLUS Bronze Certified
  • Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" 250GB (Windows Installed)
  • WD Blue 4TB Desktop HDD
  • WD Blue 1TB Desktop HDD
  • Several built in fans for cooling.
 

Grant Cole

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According to this:

"EVGA. They have BOTH good and not very good models.

Not very good are the W1, N1, B1, B3 (All models except the 650w model), BQ, BR, BT and G1 NEX models.

Good models are the B2, B3 650w, G2, G2L, G3, GQ, P2 and T2 models."

Mine says EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B 80PLUS Bronze Certified, so I assume that would mean B1? Sounds like my issue is a bad PSU. That's unfortunate. :( I guess that would mean I need to get a new PSU (and maybe an entirely new computer because of this) and that this forum post is considered resolved.
 
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