Recently bought a MSI GTX 580 Lighting from Newegg. After putting the card in anytime I tried to run any graphical benchmarks or BF3 the comp will freeze/lockup. Have to do a hard power reset to reboot. Did a clean install on both a regular HD and SDD and both had the same problem. Also on the newest Nvida driver and tried the beta driver. Did I run into bad luck and got a defective card?
Ok that was strange. Found a GT8500 lying around so gave that a try. Comp powers up but nothing on display. Had to hard reset then get msg OC failed so I changed it back to stock. Stock post fine but windows will stop loading during the logo animation. Another hard reset needed to reboot. Tried running windows installation off of a USB also gets the same lockup. If I tried to OC again it won't post. Same thing happens with the GTX 580 except that I can get into windows if I OC again.
Previous setup was a GTS8800 512 in SLI. Can't use that now since I installed it into my sis's new comp. So which part of my comp is actually giving me the problem?
The GTX 580 is basically a piece of crap I have come to believe. I have two, have had them for a year, and have had problems with them since the day I bought them. Opened multiple tech support tickets with the vendor (EVGA) and they never reponded to a single ticket.
Over the past year I tried everything I have seen on all the different websites (Bios Updates, Windows re-install's, every driver version there is, memtest, different ram, overvoltage, underclock the cards, SLI on, SLI off, replace the SLI Bridge, remove one card or the other, upgrade Intel Chipset software, Upgrade Intel Rapid storage software, Raid on, Raid off, remove virtually all software installed, I could go on and on. It crashes in WOW, and other games. It freezes at the Windows logo screen. It even freezes at initial cold boot sometimes. Remove the cards, put in another brand (or even another EVGA card that's not a 580) and it works perfectly.
Best I can tell, it's an incompatibility with the Motherboard brand and/or Bios settings. My entire family is aware of this, they use EVGA cards too (not 580's) and none have problems. But the problems I have make them ALL leary of ever buying another NVIDIA product again, as well as me. Google the problem, some sites have over 200 PAGES of people screwing with the cards and almost all can't fix the issue. They either RMA the card, eventually getting one that works or a new model, or else buy another brand.