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Bad color saturation with new GPU

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January 18, 2013 2:32:02 AM

I recently received a refurbished EVGA GTX 670 SC from newegg. From the moment I plugged it in I noticed the saturation was a bit heavy. Mostly in reds and oranges, greens seeming a bit brighter as well. I replaced the DVI cable suspecting it might have been the cause but the problem is still apparent. Is it even possible the GPU could be doing this? Is it something I can simply fix with a bit of tweaking? I am running 3 monitors on this card and the problem is only on one DVI port.
a c 133 U Graphics card
January 18, 2013 2:43:43 AM

So are you saying you are getting this just on one monitor or all 3? I'm just asking so we can narrow down the issue between monitor and card.

Also, what does the rest of your system look like.

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GPU: EVGA GTX670SC
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January 18, 2013 2:46:43 AM

The problem is only on one monitor (the middle). The color difference is noticeable when I put the same image on each monitor.

Just in case the monitors are Asus VE245H
CPU: AMD Phenom II 1100t
Ram: 16gb G.Skill sniper 1600mhz
GPU: EVGA GTX670 SC
PSU: Corsair GS600
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7
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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 18, 2013 2:50:55 AM

Okay so in your surround setup you end up with a color saturation issue with the card. Have you tried it as a single monitor? And did you have this issue prior to you buying the 670 or did you buy it all at once?
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January 18, 2013 3:05:22 AM

I noticed the problem when I upgraded from a GTX 470 to the 670. I just did some experimenting..

Monitor 1 (Far left) was an HDMI connection while monitor 2 (middle) was a DVI. Monitor 1s color looked correct while monitor 2 was having the saturation problem. I switched the cables on the monitor end and the problem reversed. Now monitor 1 has the saturation while monitor 2 looks correct.
The DVI Cable is brand new, I replaced it upon suspecting it was the cause.
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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 18, 2013 3:07:51 AM

Hmm so its clear its not the monitors very well could be the graphics card are you running the most up to date drivers? Also have you tried this out without being in surround?
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January 18, 2013 3:15:36 AM

Just tried it with just two monitors and the problem persists. I also switched the DVI, which is monitor 1, currently with saturation, down to the bottom DVI port. Still noticing more vibrant colors.
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January 18, 2013 3:16:58 AM

I am going to attempt with two DVI cables to rule out the HDMI having some sort of color deficiency.
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January 18, 2013 3:29:20 AM

Both with a DVI;
Monitor 1, bottom port is saturated.
Switched DVIs GPU side;
Monitor 2, bottom port saturated

Monitor 1 with HDMI is ok
Monitor 2 with DVI in TOP PORT is saturated
Monitor 2 with DVI in bottom port is satured
Im utterly confused here

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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 18, 2013 6:52:58 AM

Well I'll explain my logic here. We have rules out its a monitor thing yes? So the next thing I was asking you to do was go do just one monitor you went down to do but go down to one and see if it persists. Because I was trying to see if perhaps it was something that was driver related or something that was card related. Also there are color options with Nvidia control panel.
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January 18, 2013 7:17:32 AM

It appears the problem does persist when only a single monitor is plugged in via DVI
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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 18, 2013 7:22:36 AM

Okay so I would either blame the card which you could do because with your previous card I take it didn't do this otherwise you wouldn't have brought it up. So since you had just purchased the item I would return it and say that you are experiencing weird color saturation issues with the card and believe it to be defective.
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a c 85 U Graphics card
January 18, 2013 7:29:08 AM

Other option is to see if you can adjust the monitor to counterbalance the saturation issues... But I'd only do that if I couldn't return the card.
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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 18, 2013 7:30:55 AM

He should be able to although I would think with a refurbished item that the time window for him to return it would be much shorter.
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January 18, 2013 8:29:04 AM

I'd like to rule out the driver possibility. Should I just uninstall/reinstall them?
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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 18, 2013 8:31:06 AM

Well I would do a clean install so I would remove the drivers firstly and then run in with driver sweeper to get rid of the registery tid bits left over. And then re-install the drivers. Latest would be 310.90. I'll supply a link so you don't have to go through 3 pages to get there :p 

http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/55121
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January 18, 2013 8:37:51 AM

Can you recommend a driver sweeper? Or could I just use my Norton registry cleaning tool?
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