Unsolved driver crash issue, GTX 660

Hello Tomshardware community, I signed up because, after reading through more than a handful of threads describing the same issue, I have been unable to resolve my own problem.

I recently built my first pc, everything appears to be running without any issues, however, I recently downloaded Dirt 3 and anywhere from 20 seconds to 20 minutes, it black-screens my whole TV for a moment, then the game comes back (although it's black-screened) and I get a message something like "The nVidia display drivers 314.22 have stopped responding and recovered." I have tried using the drivers that came boxed with my GPU (version 306.something) and this only delays the time it takes for the crash to occur.

I have disabled DWM. I have added a TdrDelay QWORD in the registry, (value: 8) and they don't appear to have helped (they may have delayed the time it takes for the crash, on average, although it may be a coincidence or my imagination).

I have played the following games for hours at a time with no issues: Dragon Nest, League of legends, and Minecraft. I am adding them for more information for you, although I am quite aware they're probably not as GPU intense as Dirt 3. (It's just the first steam game I downloaded to my new pc - I am well aware it's not really the go-to game for testing a pc's gaming capability)

I am running Win7 Ultimate 64 bit,
CPU: AMD FX(tm)-6100 Six-Core Processor, 3300 Mhz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB DDR5
RAM: 2x4GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance
PSU: CX600 Corsair 600W.

My system has 1 case fan, and the temperature of my GPU is never greater than 45 degrees C at the time of the driver crash. If you need any more information please let me know I will try to provide it. Thank you for any help you can provide.
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  1. I had similar problem with my GTX570, I got black screens while playing DX11 games. The GPU seems to reset itself when this happens. I solves this issue by raising the Vcore by a little (from 0.98v to 1.013v). You can do it with MSI Afterburner software.
  2. OK I'll try that later - I have to go to work 'till late this evening though so I won't be able to test Dirt, any further suggestions are welcome.

    OK downloaded afterburner and attempted to change the voltage but it looks like I'm using a 55nm model so changing the voltage is not an option.
  3. There is another option, try lowering the core clock by 5-10MHz. Also, if you are getting the same problem while playing Dirt 3 on DX9, it is not related to the Vcore.
  4. Forgot to ask you to check if the game is patched up to date.
  5. Don't know how to try running on DX9.. Also the game is on steam so I would assume therefore it's properly patched and so? Also I just tried with MSI afterburner lowering the core clock by 10Mhz, no luck, driver stopped responding about 19 minutes in.
  6. To try playing on DX9, you will need to do some editing to an xml file, it is shown how to do it ii this site:

  7. FunSurfer said:
    To try playing on DX9, you will need to do some editing to an xml file, it is shown how to do it ii this site:


    Sorry for the late reply, having a bit of issue with my internet (if it's not one problem, it's another, right? >_>) but now that that's sorted I have to say thank you, so much :) Playing in DX9 appears to have resolved my issue (played for double the time I've ever played before, because of the crash, without issues, then I just got bored, lol.) I will do some more playing sooner or later because It's a good offline game for when downloading software gives me ping issues for my typical online games.

    Again, thank you.
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