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GTX 680 massive problem (can anyone tell me what's wrong?)

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August 21, 2013 12:25:33 PM

So, my graphics card (the EVGA gtx 680 superclocked) was working fine for a bit after I got it. It was crashing from time to time but still nothing too major. Later, I was playing borderlands 2. 15 minutes in, my computer would crash. This happened every time I tried to play it. So I lowered some graphics settings and was able to make it to the first boss. Soon after, my computer crashed again. This time, when I tried to turn it back on, I wasn't getting a signal from it. I wanted to know if my whole computer was busted, so I switched to integrated graphics. No issues there. I might be wrong, but I have some guesses to what might have happened. I could have fried the card/PCI slot or it could have been driver issues. If anyone could help that would be great!

SPECS:
CPU: Intel i5 3570k
CPU cooler: corsair h100
motherboard: ASUS sabertooth z77
Memory: corsair vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) at 1866
OS drive: crucial m4 128GB
storage drive: WD green 1TB
power supply: OCZ ZT series 750w fully modular

August 21, 2013 2:32:41 PM

Does the graphics card run fine when you're not playing any games?
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August 21, 2013 2:47:27 PM

mnc221 said:
Does the graphics card run fine when you're not playing any games?


sometimes the drivers would freeze out of game, but it was mostly OK... once it died during borderlands 2, it wouldn't show any video and my monitor wouldn't recognize it. I tried a different PCI slot and still no luck. Maybe the card was defective to begin with?
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August 21, 2013 3:12:56 PM

It could've been a driver problem. Or most likely heating problem. If none of those then as you said GPU was faulty to begin with. If possible return it and get a similar card to that.
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August 21, 2013 8:30:10 PM

If you want to test the video card hard without being furmarks hard(drivers detect and down clock with furmark anyway), I would run Folding@home on it for a while(remove the cpu slot so just the video card works).

F@H will also give you a unstable machine error if the card is not returning expected numbers.

My 670(680 board version) was having driver crashes and even rare glitches in some games. F@H is the fastest way to both find out as well as see if down clocking or cooler temps will help.

In the end, my 670 was defective and it was actually the boost feature was clocking the card into instability(dropping 26mhz made it stable, but it was still not right).

The new(RMA'd) one can fold for days on end(for team 40051 :)  ).
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