mckibbon17, Sorry to tell you this but you sir have been misled! I'm almost 100% certain this is a simple DRIVER RELATED ISSUE. Hope you haven't wasted your time going thru the RMA process, if so then well, what can one say. Once you have put it all back together
DO THE FOLLOWING:
STEP ( 1 )
Start / Performance Information & Tools / Advanced Tools / View performance details in Event Log
Once the Event Viewer page has opened, in the center of the page you will see a Operational box ( Center Top ) if the box is full scroll down & COPY the last event log here into the Toms Hardware Forums ( this thread ) so that it can be REVIEWED & we can find the solution! I would bet the issue is DRIVER RELATED to the Graphics cards If so then it's a fairly easy fix! One last question, WHAT driver are you currently running & did you follow maniacvvv's instructions provided in the following link to either UNINSTALL or REINSTALL the Graphics cards drivers?
Here is the link: http://forums.evga.com/tm.aspx?high=&m=1776353&mpage=1#1776353