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May 27, 2011 5:27:27 PM

Any assistance and guidance would be most appreciated!

Current Specs:
- EVGA 122-CK-NF68-T1 N680i SLI Motherboard
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 “Wolfdale” 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Processor
- 2GB x 2 (4096MB) Corsair Dual Channel TWIN2X4096-6400C5 240-pin PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory
- Microsoft Windows Vista 64bit Home Premium (SP2)

- Samsung HD321KJ Hard Drive 320GB 7200rpm 16MB Cache SATA2
- Samsung SH-S203B DVD Burner
- Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply
- Antec 900 Case

- EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0x16
270.61 Drivers (4/7/2011 8.17.12.7061) Note: original build had 2 cards running in SLI


- Samsung SyncMaster 2220WM 22" LCD Monitor
- Dell 1907FPT 19” LCD Monitor (in Dual-mode)
- Logitech G5 Mouse
- Logitech G15 Keyboard

System Bios: Date 1/22/08
Sytem BIOS Version: Nvidia -42302e31 Phoenix – AwardBIOS v6.00PG
VIDEO BIOS Date 1/12/08
VIDEOBIOSVERSION: Version 62.92.24.00.02


Current Situation:

Originally built in FEB 2008. In JAN 2010 it appeared that one of the 8800gt’s went bad. After removing it the PC worked fine and I noticed very little (if any) decrease in performance. Recently I added a second monitor for dual-mode since I was no longer running SLI.

This week my PC started to freeze during gaming requiring a hard reboot. Updated my Nvidia drivers to 270.61. Seemed OK just a little difficulty with the digitally signed drivers (happens a lot) so this time I disabled driver signature checks in Vista and reinstalled the drivers. PC was still intermittently locking-up when gaming and then as of last night also when the screen-saver came on.

On my last reboot the 8800gt is now not recognized by windows (Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. Code 43) although it is doing some sort of default display through the card that looks ok with intermittent purple lines showing for a moment only when rebooting.

Pulled the card, cleaned and reseated it. No change.

Note: I am a little wary of trying the extreme bake-over solution although I hear it works.

Any suggestions on trouble-shooting this? I am new to these forums so please pardon my noobsauce if this has been covered before elsewhere.

Did I corrupt my drivers ? If so, any tips on a fix?

Could this be a BIOS or Video BIOS issue?

Should I just replace and upgrade? If so, would this card be a good choice to go with my ancient mobo without bottle-necking too badly?

EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks in advance for any help with this =)

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a c 172 Î Nvidia
May 27, 2011 5:39:17 PM

Just an FYI, I've run a pair of GTX560's in SLi on my 680i board and other than it running better with the E8400 @3.6ghz rather than 3.0ghz there were no issues at all.
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May 27, 2011 5:54:04 PM

You may as well try the extreme bake solutions (on both cards if you have the second one. It seems to address crappy soldering issues, but to me seems more likely to damage a card than fix it. Even so you don't have anything to loose so if one of the cards works afterwards mission accomplished ^_^.

For a new card get a faster GTX 460 (non SE) or Radeon 6850 for the price of that 550. Heck some of the cards are even cheaper than that 550.
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May 27, 2011 8:07:35 PM

Thanks for the replies! I still think the video driver is corrupted and might try a walkthrough I found on the EVGA site to repair the remaining card.

It is working in some sort of pass thru mode and I can run my PC in 1680 x 1050 as long as I don't do anything too graphic intensive like gaming or run a screen saver.

I can still stream video from the web no problem. Windows just says the card is not there.

@mousemonkey I never really seemed to get that much better performance with SLI but it is so possible I borked that setup somehow. I don't overclock my processor but It's good to know that the 680i is still viable. Ty sir =)

@megamanx00 I liked that 550 because of the 2 gigs of ram but it seems i might be better with this:

EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is it worth it to pay $10 more for the factory overclock version?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That all being said I am going to try baking the 8800gt's just to see if it works. Nothing to lose at this point.

Any other advice is very welcome =)
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a b Î Nvidia
May 27, 2011 8:13:35 PM

Code 43 isn't good, I tried to bake a card that had that error and it did not work. I suggest that you go ahead and replace the card. Be careful about Fermi cards though as some tend to be very poor quality.

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/929152-have-you-killed-...

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=26...

I have personal experience with the gtx 460 and many if not the vast majority are made with very poor cooling for the card as a whole.
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May 29, 2011 9:24:52 PM

I went thru the very helpful trouble shooting guide on the EVGA forums with no progress yet. I will only bake the cards if I can't arrange an RMA.

I'll contact EVGA after the holiday and see if they can help. Would anyone recommended a solid EVGA card for > $150.00


So far I have heard:
Don't get an SE card
The Fermi processors are poor quality
The 5 series isn't as good as the 4 series
Stay away from the 4-series because of cooling

As for cooling. I run a very light hardware machine with 4 decent case fans and a lil' EVGA mobo GPU fan in the Antec and never saw my 8800gt's go above 89c (even in summer) that I can recall. I don't overclock but I do like to run games on high settings when possible.



I really want to stick with EVGA NVIDIA but I am open to other options.


Any direction on next steps would be welcomed because I want to place the order ASAP =)
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a b Î Nvidia
May 29, 2011 9:36:16 PM

Your links are broken, if the overclocked version has stuff like back plate ect then get it but if it looks the same as the cheaper card then go with the cheaper option.
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May 29, 2011 9:40:49 PM

For quick reference:

EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is it worth it to pay $10 more for the factory overclock version?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


fixing links now
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May 29, 2011 9:52:50 PM

ok i fisked it.
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May 29, 2011 9:59:06 PM

I thought I was getting a better deal with the card in my OP with 2GB GTX 550 ti but I don't know anymore. Does more vram balance out less pwer in the processors?
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a b Î Nvidia
May 29, 2011 10:00:00 PM

gonazz said:
For quick reference:

EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is it worth it to pay $10 more for the factory overclock version?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


fixing links now


Get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Forget about the rest and 2gb on such card is pointless unless in sli, think of it as the 1gb 9800gt of the era. If you need any advice on such things as maintenance or mods let me know I own one.
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a b Î Nvidia
May 29, 2011 10:01:14 PM

gonazz said:
I thought I was getting a better deal with the card in my OP with 2GB GTX 550 ti but I don't know anymore. Does more vram balance out less pwer in the processors?


It can use all that it is given but the gpu may be to weak as fps is concerned. Such cards are only meant for a small segment of the population that have higher memory requirements such as games with large texture packs ect.
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May 29, 2011 10:21:32 PM

You sir are made of awesome.

You have my appreciation.

The EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card it is.

If it goes well I might get another for SLI down the road.

I think you have given solid counsel.

Have a great holiday =)
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June 10, 2011 3:53:25 PM

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