ASUS GTX 560 Ti issues

Hello, my name is William and I've had a serious issue with my GPU since the 13th of December.

I'm by no means a hardware expert... I've trouble caring for it as I am not interested in it. To be frank, as long it works as it should, I won't care. I know this is not a good thing, it's just how I am.

I've had my GTX 560 Ti for a while now and while its warranty is still active, the closest service location provided by ASUS is a bit too far away. That's sort of out of the question.

This is my description of the issue and other things I've tried:

Intense flickering and colorations begin to appear sometimes when I start the computer. If I can get past that point, it usually happens when I do absolutely nothing. If I get past that point, it happens when I'm in Firefox or start up a game. In short, my GPU crashes no matter what I do.

After these weird distortions are gone, my drivers sometime succeed in recovering and provide the typical error message. If I'm unlucky, the screen turns black and my computer reverts to some sort of half-active state (I assume it's a BSOD but I can't see it because the screen is black). I can only get out of this with a hard reset.

I can reproduce this issue by starting the computer with seemingly any version of drivers or settings (I've tried about 20 different NVIDIA drivers, from old to new and everything in between). I'm certain it's not a driver issue. I've tried every single option in the NVIDIA control panel.

I've managed to uninstall the drivers and the computer works fine. I can't do what I want though, which is play games. At least not for periods that are long enough.

When me and my pep-pep opened the old baby up, we found dust clogged in the GPU's heatsinks. I guess I wasn't exaggerating about me being negligent. We got rid of the dust. We also noticed that were were burn marks underneath the area with high dust concentration. At that point, I assumed the card was pretty much dead.

Then I stuck it back into the computer and tried a few experiments using MSI Afterburner. Like having the fan at 4000 RPM at all times... which worked fine for a while. I monitored the temperature, it was at about 25°C when idle.

Tried a few games like Neverwinter Nights and MechWarrior Online (NWN made it go up around 10 degrees while MWO made it go up about 20 or 30 degrees). Then it crashed again and woe is me. I also tried some underclocking which yielded no signs of improvement.

In addition, I also removed some installed Windows updates which were installed at the date of when the issue surfaced. I think that's all the things I tried.

What do you think? Should I keep experimenting or go buy a new card? Maybe AMD this time since my faith in NVIDIA products has become a bit tarnished.

Thanks for reading,

William
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  1. Get a new card amd or nvidia cards are both great it wasnt the cards fault that it died dust was the culprit. Make sure every 2-3 months at least you clean out the inside of your computer.
  2. firo40 said:
    Get a new card amd or nvidia cards are both great it wasnt the cards fault that it died dust was the culprit. Make sure every 2-3 months at least you clean out the inside of your computer.


    I've learned my lesson, no doubt. To take better care of my stuff.
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