I'm experiencing a rather strange issue that I either am too stupid to find on Google or it hasn't been addressed, yet. I'll start off simple and see if there's just a no-brainer answer, if not then I'll be glad to give more details.
Essentially all that happens is that very bright splashes of color will randomly flash on my display whenever I'm playing games with high quality graphics. I've played BF3 with not problems whatsoever, highest settings, but it has been occurring throughout my entire Serious Sam 3 playthrough. I thought it was just an in-game glitch since the dots are only ever yellow, blue or red -- the same colors the in-game items glow -- so I tried to ignore it. Then I played Alan Wake and it was happening with that game, too. It's ferociously more annoying in Alan Wake where the aim is to immerse the player and what-not. Bright colors are easily noticeable in the game's otherwise dark and gloomy setting.
The dots are about an inch wide, and they aren't always perfectly round. I run a GTX 570 with an i5, although I honestly don't think this is a hardware issue as this problem only happens in games and all of my hardware is quite new. Besides, like I said, I've run BF3 and Skyrim and The Witcher flawlessly, at the highest settings there is.
Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be?
as said its likely to be artifacts. but because it doesnt happen on all games its unlikely to be the gfx card and more likely badly optimized drivers... not all gtx570s are equal and some have little additions that enable them to hold factory oc's better. like better quality ram, solid caps and other bits and bobs... these can lead to variation on how well they respond to the same drivers. 1 card may work fine on 1 game but another card by another manufacturer may buckle... so try a different driver.
I honestly don't know exactly what artifacts look like.
I'm always running Nvidia's newest beta driver, but I realized that there's actually a newer one out now, so I'm going to install that. It'd be great if it was just the driver, I really don't want to burn out my card...
Edit: I installed the newest driver and the dots are considerably less, I almost thought they were gone entirely, but then I saw a blue one. Still, changing the driver makes me think that it isn't a hardware issue. Again, I don't want to kill my card...
my asus gtx570 direct cu artifacts if i try to run at 900mhz even with 1.1v--fine till i try games or unigine heaven
benchmark then get artifacts if its an intensive game or benchmark
got it now totally stable at 855mhz and 1110mhz on the memory at 1.08v
You artifact with core-clock related settings? I only ever artifact with mem clock OC'ing. huge core-clock OC's just causes vid drivers to fail and recover for me. And yeah, you usually need 1.1v minimum for 900+ core clock.