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MSI Kombustor is basically saying my card sucks?

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October 25, 2011 4:39:15 AM

I purchased a GTX580 from EVGA and it was factory overclocked (797 core 2025 memory). Anyway, I ran the extreme preset on Kombuster and scored a 530 with 14fps. I'm looking at other scores online and at stock speeds people are getting in the thousands easily. Is something wrong with my card?

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a b U Graphics card
October 25, 2011 5:34:15 AM

nothing is wrong with your card.
nvidia gtx580 and gtx570 have a piece of hardware that when enabled with the drivers, detects extreme demanding applications like furmark (and furmark based apps like msi combustor), and throttles the card down internally.

this is done because these apps put a load that is unnatural. by this i mean that the amount of load they put is a lot more than what kind of load any game will put.

when nvidia design the card, they design the power circuits with a certain practical and real world load in mind. these apps always put a load higher than that. this always causes increased power consumption, something the card is not designed for, potentially harming the $500 investment.

so these cards throttle down the card. but dont worry, you will never get the card to throttle down in any game you play. think metro 2033 @ ultra 2560x1600 at ultra and 16xAA. so dont worry about that.

i would advice against using these application to submit the scores. they can cause harm.
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a b U Graphics card
October 25, 2011 5:35:49 AM

these utilities have a setting that can disable the throttle down mechanism of the card to get a better "score". but that can cause burning of the power circuits.

there is nothing wrong with your card.
my advice: play a game and then check for frame rates with online charts. you would definitely be OK
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October 25, 2011 5:36:00 AM

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October 25, 2011 5:36:51 AM

Thanks, I was worried there might be an issue. So long as I can game, that is all that matters. Would I have similar issues if I ran 3dmark?
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October 25, 2011 6:05:51 AM

^ no. nvidi drivers have only a few furmark based apps blacklisted. 3dmark isnt one of them.
and it does not put excessive stress on the cards like furmark. its safe.
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