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Need Expert Help, Crashing Issue with ASUS 680

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April 21, 2013 11:15:51 PM

Hello all, new here. Not sure if this is the correct place, let me know if it needs to be moved.

I've run into a technical issue with my PC as of late (Custom Build)
On all games I run, after some time the game will crash to desktop with a "stopped working" message with the .exe. I'm extremely baffled as to the cause of this. The game will run from anywhere to 15 minutes to a few hours before the game will crash. And sometimes immediately after start up.

My Specs are:
Windows 7 Professional
Cooler Master HAF X Chassis
ASUS ROG Maximus V Formula Motherboard
Intel i7 Ivy Bridge 3770k @ 4.7 GHz (Corsair H80 liquid cooler)
Corsair Vengeance 16 GB (2x8) DDR3 1600 RAM
NVidia GeForce GTX 680, ASUS 4GB GPU (STOCK CLOCK)
Corsair HX1050 Power Supply
Seagate 3tb HDD


My drivers are up to date, I've uninstalled my old drivers and res-installed the newest drivers about three times now. (314.22)

I know its not an issue with heat, my computer is well cooled, dusted regularly, my GPU stays at about 15c idle, anywhere from 30-50c under load. Same for my CPU.

My 680 has not been overclocked yet, my CPU was over clocked to 4.7 GHz with ASUS's Suite. Been meaning to put an OC through BIOS but I've been preoccupied. So far it hasn't given my any issues, and I don't believe its an issue with my CPU, or anything hardware side.

I made this build a few months ago, around January-February, but it hasn't given me any problems until now.

The game performance is normal, no impaired performance because of this problem.

I've scanned for viruses, and defragmented my hard drive recently, if that maters at all.

If I left any other information out of that list let me know.

I've tested this with many games, and ALL of them, the problem has persisted.
Arma 2
Metro 2033
Crysis 3
Borderlands 2
Batman: Arkham City
Skyrim
And a few others I've forgotten

And I'm sure any other game I would attempt to run.

I have a a lot of experience with computers, but I'm lost on this one. I've searched the issue, but haven't really found any information that was helpful.

The only thing I really have to go on with this issue is the error report, which leads me to believe its something involving the Drivers, or perhaps direct X. But, I'll admit I don't know everything about computers, and I wont pretend to.

Some of the Error logs:
Faulting application name: BatmanAC.exe, version: 1.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x00000000
Faulting module name: nvwgf2um.dll, version: 9.18.13.1422, time stamp: 0x51427a06
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0014d069
Faulting process id: 0x1fc0
Faulting application start time: 0x01ce3f186731cb3a
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Batman Arkham City GOTY\Binaries\Win32\BatmanAC.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\system32\nvwgf2um.dll
Report Id: 2fa44381-ab0c-11e2-a9be-dc85de6705b1
(This was from Batman crashing)

Faulting application name: Borderlands2.exe, version: 1.0.60.324, time stamp: 0x51428def
Faulting module name: Borderlands2.exe, version: 1.0.60.324, time stamp: 0x51428def
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00781787
Faulting process id: 0x27e0
Faulting application start time: 0x01ce3efb15285743
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Borderlands 2\Binaries\Win32\Borderlands2.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Borderlands 2\Binaries\Win32\Borderlands2.exe
Report Id: 5f7f4479-aaf0-11e2-a9be-dc85de6705b1
(And from Borderlands 2)

Faulting application name: crysis3.exe, version: 1.3.0.0, time stamp: 0x02f2b040
Faulting module name: nvwgf2um.dll, version: 9.18.13.1407, time stamp: 0x5116d87b
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0007b040
Faulting process id: 0x2040
Faulting application start time: 0x01ce3ef44eea366c
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Crysis 3\Bin32\crysis3.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\system32\nvwgf2um.dll
Report Id: cca0ba91-aae7-11e2-a9be-dc85de6705b1
(Crysis 3)

Faulting application name: arma2oa.exe, version: 1.62.103.419, time stamp: 0x515005ab
Faulting module name: arma2oa.exe, version: 1.62.103.419, time stamp: 0x515005ab
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0077d001
Faulting process id: 0x297c
Faulting application start time: 0x01ce3eeea304d472
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead\expansion\beta\arma2oa.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead\expansion\beta\arma2oa.exe
Report Id: 708a5acf-aae2-11e2-a9be-dc85de6705b1
(Arma 2)

I could go on

This has started happening recently, within the last few weeks. And it starting to happen more and more frequently, and its starting to make games completely unplayable.

I would really appreciate any help someone could offer, I'm lost on this. And I'd really rather avoid a fresh install of Windows 7.

If I'm leaving out any important information please let me know
April 21, 2013 11:44:19 PM

The problem is not with the ASUS 680. Your problem is the 3770k running at 4.7 GHz.

Most games dislike overclocked processors, especially that highly clocked. I have the same processor in my PC and I also have the same cooler. It is fast enough with the turbo boost (~3.9 GHz), that you do not need to overclock. I was OC'ing mine and I received the same crashes. They were frequent and occurred with many games. Once I stopped overclocking and returned the processor to the factory defaults, all the crashes stopped happening.

Do not reinstall Windows or anything else, simply stop OC'ing the 3770k.
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April 21, 2013 11:51:23 PM

alexbd88 said:
The problem is not with the ASUS 680. Your problem is the 3770k running at 4.7 GHz.

Most games dislike overclocked processors, especially that highly clocked. I have the same processor in my PC and I also have the same cooler. It is fast enough with the turbo boost (~3.9 GHz), that you do not need to overclock. I was OC'ing mine and I received the same crashes. They were frequent and occurred with many games. Once I stopped overclocking and returned the processor to the factory defaults, all the crashes stopped happening.

Do not reinstall Windows or anything else, simply stop OC'ing the 3770k.


Yeah I wasn't planning on resinstalling windows, just as a last resort.
And I assumed it wasn't a problem with the GPU, but I listed if for convenience mostly.

The OC hasn't given me problems, its ran fine for a few months, I've done tests on it, and its stable. But I'll put it back at stock just to give it a try. Hopefully that'll fix it.
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April 22, 2013 12:00:40 AM

I was running mine at 4.6 GHz with 1.335v and prime95 never crashed it. Once I started playing games, I started seeing crashes after sometime. At first, I thought my GTX 670 was malfunctioning. It turned out that the games I was playing (Bioshock: Infinite, Batman: Arkham City, Red Orchestra 2, etc.) didn't work properly when my CPU was overclocked.
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April 22, 2013 12:18:09 AM

Alright, I've de-OC'd my CPU, gonna test a few games and see if there are any crashes.

I'll let you know how this goes
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April 22, 2013 12:45:48 AM

I am not sure why it's doing that but for me gaming is smooth and very enjoyable here a few tips that work for me.I hope they work for you as well. Crysis 2: Shadows -Ultra
Shading-Ultra
Post Processing-Ultra
Particles-Ultra
Fullscreen-Yes
V-Sync-Off
DX 11-Enabled
Game Effects-Ultra
Highres Textures-Yes
Motion Blur- High
Water-Ultra
System Spec-Custom
Stereo 3D- Disabled
Object-Ultra

**Also i think it's a good idea to run FRAPS while setting up a game and tweaking it.**

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY:Arkham City is very poorly coded with DX11, unfortunately the only way to resolve the frame drops is to disable DX11 in the game.

To do this set 'Directx 11 Features' and 'Directx 11 Tessellation' to OFF in the game options, you should now have a consistent 60FPS.

I've tested Boarder lands 2 here what settings i used
Ambient Occlusion-On
Anisotropic Filtering-16x
Bullet Decals-High
Depth Of Field-On
FXAA -On
Foliage Distance-Far
Game Detail-High
PhysX Effects-Low
Texture Quality-High
View Distance-UltraHigh
Vsyn -Off

the Geforce.com tweak guide for Skyrim shows how it's better to use the Nv Control Panel to force 16x Anisotropic Filtering, while putting the in-game settings to "Off".
http://www.geforce.com/optimize/guides/the-elder-scroll...

Triple buffering only works in OpenGL games and may introduce visual glitches and controller lag. I always leave it set to 'off'.
http://www.tweakguides.com/Graphics_10.html

If you do decide to use VSync, then definitely use Adaptive VSync.
http://hardocp.com/article/2012/04/16/nvidia_adaptive_v... thanks to Matto for this info.
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