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GTX470 SLI issue (Also issues with one card at a time)

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August 24, 2011 11:01:39 AM

Hey guys. Me again -.-

I'm having an issue with my graphics cards, have been for quite some time.
I currently own two GTX470's in SLI, both encounter this issue.

I have gone through numerous motherboards and even switched to Intel in the time I've had these cards, reinstalled Windows, tried many drivers and even use MSI Afterburner for my custom fan speeds (which are higher than the normal fan speeds).

My issues started late last year, both cards display this problem.
When playing games, after a while the computer will hang and the screen will artifact with the following artifacts which I have highlighted in red:







Any way to fix this? Or will I be forced to upgrade? Thanks in advance.
I think I already know I'm going to have to buy new cards. Just thought I'd ask anyway.
August 24, 2011 12:50:47 PM

Definitely sounds like a GPU problem to me, especially since you've changed everything else. If your cards are still under warranty, send them back.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 2:00:59 PM

You need to track down which card is defective and rma it. It is the vram on one of the cards is partially defective telling from the corrupted image and text shown.
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August 25, 2011 12:25:42 AM

@Singemagique Neither of the cards are under warranty :( 

@nforce4max Both display this issue, in different motherboards and by themselves (as in, one in the computer at a time).

I think it's a good excuse to upgrade? :3
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 25, 2011 1:25:31 AM

Yes, it is not the boards or any thing else but your cards.
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August 25, 2011 6:44:24 AM

Do the cards manifest these symptoms only after warming up, or, immediately at bootup?

are the cards at reference speeds, or 'factory OC' models?
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August 25, 2011 6:48:04 AM

mdd1963 said:
Do the cards manifest these symptoms only after warming up, or, immediately at bootup?

are the cards at reference speeds, or 'factory OC' models?


They do it in most, not all but most games. The hanging and artifacts normally only happen after 10-20 minutes of gameplay but it can happen much sooner then that.
There is nothing that really triggers it off. I've monitored temperatures and they are always below 65C with my custom fan speed profile.

Clocks are those of reference cards, no attempt made to overclock them in the past and no chance of it happening in the future.
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September 1, 2011 12:03:22 AM

Best answer selected by joytech22.
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