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SLI Crashing 5 Minutes Into Gaming

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 7, 2009 8:45:55 PM

Hello, I have been having a real pain in the ass problem with my SLI setup. I have 2 8800 GT's in SLI right now and I currently have SLI disable from Nvidia control panel due to unstable crashing in-game when SLI is enable. Usually when I'm in-game it takes around 2-5 minutes before it crashes. Sometimes the crashes make me manually restart and then sometimes I will get lucky and I can just Alt-Tab out of it and then sometimes It will tell me the display driver stop responding or something. The temperatures run 47c idle and around 60-75c on load. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong or whats causing this issue or how it can be fixed so I decided to make a thread.

Here is my specs just in case
I am currently running the latest drivers available from nVIDIA. I have also tried previous drivers to see if this might have been a problem.

Running Windows XP SP2

750w Thermaltake Toughpower
Intel e6850 Core 2 @ stock 3ghz
Creative X-fi Xtreme Gamer
2x 512mb 8800GT EVGA
Asus P5N-E SLI Chipset - nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI
2GB Corsair XMS2 - 2GB OCZ XTC SLI - Both in Dual channel.

And here is 2 screenshots of both my video cards in GPU-Z

a c 169 U Graphics card
March 8, 2009 9:09:57 AM

Do u have the latest VGA drivers installed?
March 8, 2009 9:12:27 AM

Yes. As stated in my post I have the newest drivers currently installed and I have tried many difference previous drivers to see if that was the problem.
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a b U Graphics card
March 8, 2009 1:45:33 PM

My guess is drivers or power.
a c 169 U Graphics card
March 8, 2009 6:30:03 PM

Sorry i didnt see it :D 
Well,can u take one card out and test with the other one ? and do this with the second card too? (i mean test both of them one by one)
March 8, 2009 11:04:27 PM

Yes, I've tested both extensively and they both were fine.
a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2009 11:46:46 AM

Try 178.24 WHQL drivers. Everything since 180 has caused endless SLI issues for some setups; my GX2 is a cripple right now, running back at 181.20...