I've had issues with my graphics card crashing a lot even on games that a much older computer shouldn't. I reformatted last night and haven't had any issues yet, but I also haven't really tried a whole lot to make an issue as it was rather random to begin with. The issues started a while ago (got my comp from digital storm late 2009). Early last year I decided to play EQ2 and had issues with my system freezing entirely that were solved after lowering the display settings begrudgingly. I figured it was just a support thing and dealt with it. Lately, however, it has spread to more games and happens more often.
Note: After a reformat, the crashes have not happened today. I'm not sure if it's just luck or what. However, I am still not impressed with the overall performance and would like to know if the benchmark results I will provide match what my graphics card (along with my system) should be returning.
Ah. My PSU is a Corsair TX 750w. I have run Furmark as well and without doing the burn-in option, it can get up to about 80-85C. That was before I discovered the whole thing about the fan speed staying at 40% until the temp is 80+ so I installed MSI Afterburner (if there is better I'm open to suggestions) to set a user-defined profile for the fan speed. It stays a good bit below that now. When running Furmark my FPS for 1680x1050, 4x AA is 8-10. If I lower it to no AA and 1280x800 I get about 18-20 FPS. I read Furmark is purposefully intense, but this still seems pretty weak.
When I disable SLI and run on a single GTX 465 with your settings I'm getting roughly 3-4 times your FPS in both heaven and furmark, so I think something is wrong with your card.
I tried calling Digital Storm back (where I got my 'puter), but I was retarded and got mixed up on timezones and for some reason was like "I got until 9 to call them." Nooope. 5pm Pacific >_< Just slipped my mind. Darn subtraction of 2 single digit integers! I have a 3 year parts and labor plan with them. So if it is indeed a problem with the card or anything that won't be a problem (except for the shipping. blarg).
Thanks for the help and any more advice or comparisons would be appreciated. I would like to know if others feel that my machine is definitely underperforming. Since it's not crashing now, I don't want to get content and then suddenly it pops back up and I have to revisit all this stuff.
I will say, though, all this looking at parts and stuff has got me drooling. I now wanna upgrade my RAM to 1600 and possibly to 12GB (it's not necessary, I'm sure, but hey! While I'm buying, right?). And maybe even upgrade my video card but I can't just chunk the old one. I need a good one to sell. SO! Onward to getting my machine back up to snuff! I will eagerly (and with hope) await more responses from those who aren't half-assed computer geeks such as myself and have kept up with knowledge and new developments.
Well last night I was playing a flash game in my browser when my monitor blinked off and back on with a note letting me know my video card crashed. Sooo... yeah. I don't think a GTX 275 is supposed to spaz out at Flash