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Random Black Screen Crash with GPU Fan Speeding Up

Okay so I had this problem a while back and now it has gotten worse this week. It happens randomly. Sometimes I can game for hours without a crash and sometimes it crashes just while browsing and no gaming. The screen will just go black and the music keeps playing for maybe 5-10 seconds and the GPU fan just starts going crazy, up and down from loud to quiet then the sound finally freezes and I have to reboot. It's happened in games before and then other times just while browsing or even while nothing was running and I was in the other room.

Specs:
Case: Silverstone RVZ01
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe WD
CPU: Intel i5 3570k (Undervolted @ 3.4 GHz)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB)
GPU: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 (Stock Settings)
PSU: Silverstone SFX 450W Gold
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS 8900 Quiet

I built it a few months back when the RVZ01 was released. Online calculators have said 450W would be enough power and people I've talked to have reported less than 400W on rigs running 290X cards so I thought I should be fine with this 450W. What is happening? I ran Display Driver Uninstaller and updated to 14.6 and uninstalled MSI Afterburner but it didn't help. I've tried undervolting and downclocking in AB but it still gets the crashes, and it seems to be completely random. I can't figure it out.
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    Your psu isnt strong enough. the gpu spikes above the calculated wattage and that causes your gpu to crash.

    so if it says the gpu uses 150w (average system usage). it actually spikes up to like 220-250 watts. and thats stressing your powersupply causing your system to crash.
  2. yeap see the system requirements...
  3. have a look at this.

    http://media.bestofmicro.com/N/0/425916/original/01-Power-Consumption-Gaming.png

    The average usage of the gpu is 260w. but the peak is 430w. so your psu is way too weak.

    Ill give you $50 for your gpu. and give you a Geforce 6600 128mb for free.
  4. HolyCowImAnoOb said:
    Your psu isnt strong enough. the gpu spikes above the calculated wattage and that causes your gpu to crash.

    so if it says the gpu uses 150w (average system usage). it actually spikes up to like 220-250 watts. and thats stressing your powersupply causing your system to crash.


    Okay I would believe that if it onnly happened during gaming. Surely my system isn't undergoing power spikes when it's at idle with no programs open, would it?
  5. Your web browser uses gpu to render. so does windows. itl crash no matter what bud. get yourself a nice 700w psu and all your worries will go away.
  6. HolyCowImAnoOb said:
    have a look at this.

    http://media.bestofmicro.com/N/0/425916/original/01-Power-Consumption-Gaming.png

    The average usage of the gpu is 260w. but the peak is 430w. so your psu is way too weak.

    Ill give you $50 for your gpu. and give you a Geforce 6600 128mb for free.


    This is a graph of a 290X not a 290, from a different company no less. Invest that $50 into some reading glasses.
  7. HolyCowImAnoOb said:
    Your web browser uses gpu to render. so does windows. itl crash no matter what bud. get yourself a nice 700w psu and all your worries will go away.


    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2060692/sapphire-290-tri-psu-issue.html if there was a 700W SFX PSU I would have bought it in the first place. 450W is as big as they come until Silverstone comes out with their 600W in August.
  8. i think the problem is with your psu..check the link i gave you..your card is listed there..
  9. HolyCowImAnoOb said:
    Your web browser uses gpu to render. so does windows. itl crash no matter what bud. get yourself a nice 700w psu and all your worries will go away.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCjYKDXmnAs this guy is also running the X version of the card, and it's only drawing 350W under load in Crysis 3. I find it hard to believe my system is surpassing that at idle.
  10. gravytrain said:
    HolyCowImAnoOb said:
    have a look at this.

    http://media.bestofmicro.com/N/0/425916/original/01-Power-Consumption-Gaming.png

    The average usage of the gpu is 260w. but the peak is 430w. so your psu is way too weak.

    Ill give you $50 for your gpu. and give you a Geforce 6600 128mb for free.


    This is a graph of a 290X not a 290, from a different company no less. Invest that $50 into some reading glasses.


    Regardless, your gpu uses 340w max draw.

    http://media.bestofmicro.com/C/Z/415187/original/01-Power-Consumption-Sapphire-R9-290-Tri-X.png
  11. HolyCowImAnoOb said:
    gravytrain said:
    HolyCowImAnoOb said:
    have a look at this.

    http://media.bestofmicro.com/N/0/425916/original/01-Power-Consumption-Gaming.png

    The average usage of the gpu is 260w. but the peak is 430w. so your psu is way too weak.

    Ill give you $50 for your gpu. and give you a Geforce 6600 128mb for free.


    This is a graph of a 290X not a 290, from a different company no less. Invest that $50 into some reading glasses.


    Regardless, your gpu uses 340w max draw.

    http://media.bestofmicro.com/C/Z/415187/original/01-Power-Consumption-Sapphire-R9-290-Tri-X.png




    So is that a problem? Thats 110W (24%) less than the max of my PSU.
  12. gravytrain said:
    HolyCowImAnoOb said:
    Your web browser uses gpu to render. so does windows. itl crash no matter what bud. get yourself a nice 700w psu and all your worries will go away.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCjYKDXmnAs this guy is also running the X version of the card, and it's only drawing 350W under load in Crysis 3. I find it hard to believe my system is surpassing that at idle.


    Lol i see hes using a reference model. probably overheating like hell and throtteling itself down to half performance
  13. HolyCowImAnoOb said:


    You mean from his UEFI and AI Tweaker screenshots?
  14. "with all the power-saving features in the EPU section of the BIOS enabled"
  15. I still believe your system uses too much power. Borrow a buddies psu and try it out.

    over and out.
  16. HolyCowImAnoOb said:
    I still believe your system uses too much power. Borrow a buddies psu and try it out.

    over and out.


    There was only one setting under the EPU tab, but I enabled it, I'll see how it goes. The only problem is that normal sized PSU's won't fit. I'd gladly get a bigger PSU but I don't want to go through the trouble of selling my entire case/psu and having to fork out money to buy new ones if I don't have to.
  17. Try underclock your gpu and see what it does?

    nvm i see you tried it. I dont know what to tell you bud. good luck
  18. I have a cossair cs600w and i have this problem aswell thinking that i need the 750 wat that is recommended for the r9 290 vapor-x if anyone has any other ideas im all ears
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