As of late I've been experiencing frequent artifacting while watching movies/TV shows and/or playing games.
The artifacts appear as green/purple squares, dispayed on top of any content currently on the screen (so it's not really VLC or one of the games crashing).
A few seconds after the artifacts appear both screens go black and VLC will crash (I believe this is due to the graphics driver failing and then being restarted by Windows - so as to avoid BSODs).
I've tried as many of the basic steps as I know of, such as using driver sweeper to uninstall all graphics drivers while in safe mode/re install in safe mode with the latest graphics drivers (as well as the old ones I had been using for "a while" without issue), but have not made any progress in resolving the issue.
My computer specs:
OS: Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
Memory: 16GB DDR3
GPU: Asus GTX 580 (Currently using 301.42 drivers)
Power Supply: Antec 1200W
Hard Drives: Intel 330 Series 240GB SSD(OS Drive), Intel 510 Series 120GB SSD, 3x Western Digital 2TB HDs
I've had the current setup for a few months and the artifacts have been somewhat recent. Nothing is overclocked.
I've been reading about this issue elsewhere, but have not found any solid evidence about how to fix this (other than getting a new graphics card).
The temperature of the card seems to be around 50-60 Celsius when the artifacts occur, which seems to be reasonable based on the maximum allowed temperature of the card (I saw it stated somewhere as like 90+ Celsius).
What's INCREDIBLY annoying is that I actually have 2 identical graphics cards (I was given an extra one by error and was allowed to keep it, which was awesome - unfortunately they're both too big for me to use in SLI, but hey, I'm not too upset), and both are having the artifacting occur.