Hello, I recently built my 1st computer and everything was running smoothly for 3 weeks until today.
When I launch a game, (WoW, Bioshock) the graphics start glitching and it looks like beams of colored light are shooting out of anything that moves, then the whole screen seems to get pixelated with weird colors and finally the game just stops working. When I return to windows (esc. key or alt+f4) and check the EVGA Precision the card temp has already increased from 30c to 50c in maybe 10 seconds, and the gpu usage was up to 80% while the game was on.
Previously: Even after hours of playing WoW I have only logged temps of 47-48c!!
Windows, this forum and even winamp visuals work fine. I have uninstalled and reinstalled both the drivers that came with the card and the current ones from nvidia. I have also checked directX to ensure it is up to date. The problem still persists.
I would like to know if this sounds specifically like the graphics card malfunctioning or possibly an issue somewhere else.
Please note that everything ran smoothly for 3 weeks, gaming fps was 60+ in WoW and Bioshock/Oblivion all ran great! My AMD CPU has been and still maintains temp's between 19c and 35c while gaming.
vram with out a doubt, this is common when one or more of the vram chips fail resulting in data corruption. Raise the fanspeed even though the core is fine and fairly cool. Also inspect the card for missing thermal pads and rma that brick.