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Is my gtx480 really dead?

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December 17, 2012 11:20:05 AM

Hello there,

I have reason to believe my asus engtx480 has given up on life. Basically the problem comes when the OS loads the nvidia driver for the card. When that happens I either get bsod or my screens just go into power saving mode. This only happens when the OS loads the driver (old or new) for the card. I can boot into safe mode just fine and uninstall the drivers, I can then boot normally but once I install the drivers again I get bsod or black screen. I have even done a fresh install of windows and what not, nothing seems to work though.

I am currently using a mate of mines old 4870 and everything is working as normal.

I'm just trying figure out if it has really packed up and I can throw it out.

peace :hello: 

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a b Î Nvidia
December 17, 2012 11:31:32 AM

What are your full specs?
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December 17, 2012 1:40:46 PM

Asus Maximus III Formula
Intel i5 750 (was overclocked but I dialed it back to just above default now) with Hyper 212 plus
8gb Corsair Vengeance (2 x 4gb)
Corsair HX850
Asus engtx480
couple hard drives and stuff.
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a b Î Nvidia
December 18, 2012 8:08:14 AM

Looks like the card is at fault indeed. Do you have another system or a friend in whose system your could try the card to just see?
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December 18, 2012 8:32:54 AM

I will see if I can test it at a mates house. But anyway, would a gtx660 be a decent upgrade? They seem to be the best bang for buck at the moment.
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a b Î Nvidia
December 18, 2012 8:39:58 AM

Not really, it's pretty much the same performance as what you have. If you want a worthwhile upgrade, you're best stepping up to a GTX670. Sucks about your card - mine just died also. Though I'd think if Windows runs fine on the basic drivers, maybe there's a chance it's a software issue?
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December 18, 2012 8:44:14 AM

sam_p_lay said:
Not really, it's pretty much the same performance as what you have. If you want a worthwhile upgrade, you're best stepping up to a GTX670. Sucks about your card - mine just died also. Though I'd think if Windows runs fine on the basic drivers, maybe there's a chance it's a software issue?


I've used older drivers and the latest driver both on a fresh install of Windows 7 so I doubt it's software related.

Correct me if I am wrong but I've seen plenty reviews and charts which show the gtx660 performs considerably better than the gtx480.
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a b Î Nvidia
December 18, 2012 8:58:46 AM

Well the GTX570 is pretty much GTX480 and a GTX660 is slightly below a GTX580. So... you're going from GTX570 to a bit less than a GTX580 in effect. I'd estimate no more than 10% gain. Enough to turn 30fps into 33fps. Up to you.
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December 18, 2012 9:07:50 AM

The games I play (Battlefield 3 and CS:GO) with my 480 I already get plenty frames, above 80 on BF3 and 150 - 220 on CS:GO so I'm not going to spend a fortune to get 100 fps in battlefield when I dont actually need it. However, if in the future I need more power, I can just buy another one and put them in SLi.
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a b Î Nvidia
December 18, 2012 9:55:13 AM

That's very true. However, there wouldn't be any performance boost, not even 10%:



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December 18, 2012 10:13:32 AM

I'm throwing this out there. What about the PSU? What PSU do you have?
If the computer goes to power saving mode when loading up the graphic drivers maybe your PSU has become faultty and can't deliver the wattage you need,
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December 18, 2012 11:32:47 AM

Mahisse said:
I'm throwing this out there. What about the PSU? What PSU do you have?
If the computer goes to power saving mode when loading up the graphic drivers maybe your PSU has become faultty and can't deliver the wattage you need,


I already stated that i have the corsair hx850. plenty power for even 2 480's. I doubt it's the psu because I can get bsod or the screens go off when the driver loads. i can get into safe mode just fine and boot normally without drivers, just when the drivers are installed it crashes.
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December 18, 2012 11:53:56 AM

cromedome said:
I already stated that i have the corsair hx850. plenty power for even 2 480's. I doubt it's the psu because I can get bsod or the screens go off when the driver loads. i can get into safe mode just fine and boot normally without drivers, just when the drivers are installed it crashes.


Whoops din't see that :) 
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January 21, 2013 5:11:29 AM

sam_p_lay said:
Well the GTX570 is pretty much GTX480 and a GTX660 is slightly below a GTX580. So... you're going from GTX570 to a bit less than a GTX580 in effect. I'd estimate no more than 10% gain. Enough to turn 30fps into 33fps. Up to you.


not true the gtx480 has 768 kb l2 cache vs 512 kb in the gtx680
the 480/580 has 15/16 sm versus 8 smx for the 680
also the 480/580 has 384 bit vs 256 bit for the 6xx
also the fermi cuda cores have the same amount of shared onboard memory (64kb)as kepler has so aldo kepler has 3 times as many cuda cores it only has 2 times the amount of fermi equlivant cudacores
if fermi had also 8 cuda clusters instead of 16 .each sm unit would have double the amount of cuda cores
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March 26, 2013 5:58:36 PM

I'm experiencing the same issue with my gtx480. I don't get blue screen, but when I start up, then the monitors go into screen sving mode. If I disable the device, then it will boot up so I can see the screen.

I tried to install the latest drivers and it says that the card is compatible, but then it will fail on the install.


cromedome said:
Hello there,

I have reason to believe my asus engtx480 has given up on life. Basically the problem comes when the OS loads the nvidia driver for the card. When that happens I either get bsod or my screens just go into power saving mode. This only happens when the OS loads the driver (old or new) for the card. I can boot into safe mode just fine and uninstall the drivers, I can then boot normally but once I install the drivers again I get bsod or black screen. I have even done a fresh install of windows and what not, nothing seems to work though.

I am currently using a mate of mines old 4870 and everything is working as normal.

I'm just trying figure out if it has really packed up and I can throw it out.

peace :hello: 


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March 27, 2013 1:04:24 AM

ThomKinCA said:
I'm experiencing the same issue with my gtx480. I don't get blue screen, but when I start up, then the monitors go into screen sving mode. If I disable the device, then it will boot up so I can see the screen.

I tried to install the latest drivers and it says that the card is compatible, but then it will fail on the install.


cromedome said:
Hello there,

I have reason to believe my asus engtx480 has given up on life. Basically the problem comes when the OS loads the nvidia driver for the card. When that happens I either get bsod or my screens just go into power saving mode. This only happens when the OS loads the driver (old or new) for the card. I can boot into safe mode just fine and uninstall the drivers, I can then boot normally but once I install the drivers again I get bsod or black screen. I have even done a fresh install of windows and what not, nothing seems to work though.

I am currently using a mate of mines old 4870 and everything is working as normal.

I'm just trying figure out if it has really packed up and I can throw it out.

peace :hello: 




This may sound odd but I managed to fix mine by baking it in the oven at 220*C.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/282335-29-baking-gtx4...


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March 27, 2013 2:08:21 AM

cromedome said:
ThomKinCA said:
I'm experiencing the same issue with my gtx480. I don't get blue screen, but when I start up, then the monitors go into screen sving mode. If I disable the device, then it will boot up so I can see the screen.

I tried to install the latest drivers and it says that the card is compatible, but then it will fail on the install.


cromedome said:
Hello there,

I have reason to believe my asus engtx480 has given up on life. Basically the problem comes when the OS loads the nvidia driver for the card. When that happens I either get bsod or my screens just go into power saving mode. This only happens when the OS loads the driver (old or new) for the card. I can boot into safe mode just fine and uninstall the drivers, I can then boot normally but once I install the drivers again I get bsod or black screen. I have even done a fresh install of windows and what not, nothing seems to work though.

I am currently using a mate of mines old 4870 and everything is working as normal.

I'm just trying figure out if it has really packed up and I can throw it out.

peace :hello: 




This may sound odd but I managed to fix mine by baking it in the oven at 220*C.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/282335-29-baking-gtx4...




Nice.. It's always cool when that works :) 
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