PC Freeze with 2 cards but not with 1

no matter what radeon driver i use (after v15.11) my computer will freeze as soon as it gets to the desktop with two cards installed. if i unplug the 2nd one and boot, no issues at all....  however i can run version 15.11.x-beta with no issues at all, but running that doesn't allow me to play some games ex. BF1.  anyone else run into this issue. and how do i fix this?   Also this issue started happening sometime around July i think.... related to 17.7.2 driver???? i rolled back all the way to 15.11 and never touched it again assuming that a new driver would come along and fix the issue but it seems it has not.

 

I have tried a clean install in Win10 and just the radeon driver and it freezes then too. Im at a loss here...

 

Describe your system:

  • AMD Graphics Card
    • 2x  XFX R9 290X 8Gb
  • Desktop or Laptop System
    • Desktop
  • Operating System
    • Windows 10 64bit
  • Driver version installed
    • Radeon Software Crimson Edition 17.10.2
  • Motherboard + Bios Revision
    • ASUS Maximus VII Hero
  • CPU/APU
    • Intel I7 4790K
  • Power Supply Unit  Make, Model & Wattage
    • EVGA Platinum 1000w
  • RAM
    • (4x8gb) 32gb G.SKILL Ripjaws X series ddr3 2400
  • SSD
    • 2x 500GB samsung 840Evo
    • 2x 500GB samsung 850Evo
    • 1x 250GB Samsung 960Evo NVMe
  • Display Devices
    • 3x ASUS 24" 1920x1080