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My GTX 660 keeps making weird artifacts on Borderlands 2

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July 3, 2014 5:26:30 PM

I've been getting screen freezes,sound loops,and weird colors on my screen. My GPU temperatures are around 50c to 60c. This also happens with some other games too. I've also uninstalled my GPU drivers and reinstalled but still this kept happening.

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July 3, 2014 8:51:34 PM

Did you completely clean out the drivers before you installed the new ones? Also try underclocking the GPU and then testing the game again. If underclocking it fixes it temporarily, then it may be about to die.
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July 3, 2014 10:19:35 PM

bccorrupt said:
Did you completely clean out the drivers before you installed the new ones? Also try underclocking the GPU and then testing the game again. If underclocking it fixes it temporarily, then it may be about to die.

How do you underclock the GPU with Evga Precision X? Sorry I'm not the best at this
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July 3, 2014 10:33:12 PM

The same way you would overclock it, just in the other direction. There are sliders showing either the core/ram or difference in core/ram. Don't go crazy low, just 20-25% down or 200-300 down on each, save it as one of the profiles, then run your game.
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July 3, 2014 10:41:52 PM

bccorrupt said:
The same way you would overclock it, just in the other direction. There are sliders showing either the core/ram or difference in core/ram. Don't go crazy low, just 20-25% down or 200-300 down on each, save it as one of the profiles, then run your game.

Let me show you a picture because i cant find the core and ram
http://imgur.com/4VRqJo5
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July 4, 2014 12:10:26 AM

Chimpston said:
bccorrupt said:
The same way you would overclock it, just in the other direction. There are sliders showing either the core/ram or difference in core/ram. Don't go crazy low, just 20-25% down or 200-300 down on each, save it as one of the profiles, then run your game.

Let me show you a picture because i cant find the core and ram
http://imgur.com/4VRqJo5


The GPU clock offset and memory clock offset are the sliders to overclock, but if you move them to the left instead it will decrease the clocks. Try decreasing them and see if it more stable.
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July 4, 2014 12:33:21 AM

bccorrupt said:
Chimpston said:
bccorrupt said:
The same way you would overclock it, just in the other direction. There are sliders showing either the core/ram or difference in core/ram. Don't go crazy low, just 20-25% down or 200-300 down on each, save it as one of the profiles, then run your game.

Let me show you a picture because i cant find the core and ram
http://imgur.com/4VRqJo5


The GPU clock offset and memory clock offset are the sliders to overclock, but if you move them to the left instead it will decrease the clocks. Try decreasing them and see if it more stable.

Thanks! Its running cooler somehow
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July 4, 2014 12:41:11 AM

Chimpston said:
bccorrupt said:
Chimpston said:
bccorrupt said:
The same way you would overclock it, just in the other direction. There are sliders showing either the core/ram or difference in core/ram. Don't go crazy low, just 20-25% down or 200-300 down on each, save it as one of the profiles, then run your game.

Let me show you a picture because i cant find the core and ram
http://imgur.com/4VRqJo5


The GPU clock offset and memory clock offset are the sliders to overclock, but if you move them to the left instead it will decrease the clocks. Try decreasing them and see if it more stable.

Thanks! Its running cooler somehow


Don't get too excited, if it isn't freezing anymore, that just means you don't have a software/driver problem, but there's still something bad going on. Either you have a cooling issue or the card is just plain giving out. Test the temps and if the fans and your case fans are working ok, then you might want to try cleaning and replacing the thermal paste on the card.

If the temps were good anyway and there isn't a cooling problem, then all I did was buy you a little bit of time to get a new card.
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July 4, 2014 12:52:16 AM

Also, if your card is still under warranty I suggest you go ahead and get the process started to send it in to them.
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July 4, 2014 8:44:17 PM

bccorrupt said:
Also, if your card is still under warranty I suggest you go ahead and get the process started to send it in to them.

For some reason my gpu is getting hot and freezing even though i underclocked. Does replacing thermal paste work? How should i set up airflow?
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July 5, 2014 12:55:29 AM

What do you mean by getting hot? I thought you said to begin with that it was only getting to 50-60C. Did you mean at idle or under load? What temps does it get to when you are playing a game or running a benchmark?
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July 5, 2014 12:07:34 PM

bccorrupt said:
What do you mean by getting hot? I thought you said to begin with that it was only getting to 50-60C. Did you mean at idle or under load? What temps does it get to when you are playing a game or running a benchmark?

When i run a benchmark it goes up to 60c and when its at idle its usually around 30c. The freezing of my screen happens around 55 to 60c

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July 5, 2014 12:13:46 PM

55 to 60C is perfectly fine. <70 is great, 70-85 ok, >85 a problem. Temps aren't causing your problems.
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July 5, 2014 12:15:37 PM

bccorrupt said:
55 to 60C is perfectly fine. <70 is great, 70-85 ok, >85 a problem. Temps aren't causing your problems.

The weird thing is that it freezes at 55 to 60c when playing borderlands 2 or benchmarking. How do i completely remove drivers and to make the freezing stop
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July 5, 2014 12:19:18 PM

Where ever it gets to the highest temp it gets to also happens to be where it's running at 100% load.
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July 5, 2014 12:24:21 PM

bccorrupt said:
Where ever it gets to the highest temp it gets to also happens to be where it's running at 100% load.

How do i make it run less load

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July 5, 2014 12:24:40 PM

A graphics card that's failing won't always just not turn on. A lot of times they will do web browsing and idle perfectly fine, but as soon as a load is put on it even with good temps it will crash or start showing artifacts. I still think your card is giving out and you need to contact the manufacturer for an RMA.
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July 5, 2014 12:28:13 PM

Chimpston said:
bccorrupt said:
Where ever it gets to the highest temp it gets to also happens to be where it's running at 100% load.

How do i make it run less load



You can't. Well, technically you could just not play games with it and web browsing and playing youtube videos would probably stay below 20%, but there's no way to force it not to work hard.
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July 5, 2014 12:33:13 PM

bccorrupt said:
A graphics card that's failing won't always just not turn on. A lot of times they will do web browsing and idle perfectly fine, but as soon as a load is put on it even with good temps it will crash or start showing artifacts. I still think your card is giving out and you need to contact the manufacturer for an RMA.

Not sure if i can rma without the box
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July 5, 2014 12:39:25 PM

Chimpston said:
bccorrupt said:
A graphics card that's failing won't always just not turn on. A lot of times they will do web browsing and idle perfectly fine, but as soon as a load is put on it even with good temps it will crash or start showing artifacts. I still think your card is giving out and you need to contact the manufacturer for an RMA.

Not sure if i can rma without the box


You can, they don't care about the box. They'll just want the info off of the card and sometimes if it's really close to the warranty period ending they'll want proof of purchase to verify the exact date the warranty ends, but if you bought it online you can just log into your account and screenshot the order and order number. Most companies you can fill it out online and then they'll contact you to troubleshoot it. If they can't figure it out they'll have you send it in for repair or replacement.
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July 5, 2014 7:38:40 PM

bccorrupt said:
Chimpston said:
bccorrupt said:
A graphics card that's failing won't always just not turn on. A lot of times they will do web browsing and idle perfectly fine, but as soon as a load is put on it even with good temps it will crash or start showing artifacts. I still think your card is giving out and you need to contact the manufacturer for an RMA.

Not sure if i can rma without the box


You can, they don't care about the box. They'll just want the info off of the card and sometimes if it's really close to the warranty period ending they'll want proof of purchase to verify the exact date the warranty ends, but if you bought it online you can just log into your account and screenshot the order and order number. Most companies you can fill it out online and then they'll contact you to troubleshoot it. If they can't figure it out they'll have you send it in for repair or replacement.

Is it better to have a video card with more ram?What are the benefits?

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July 6, 2014 1:17:42 AM

It's only a benefit if the smaller amount wouldn't be enough. It isn't strange right now for a new game to use 1.5-2GB on high or Ultra at 1080p, higher or lower depending the game, the settings, the resolution, etc.
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