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Hey guys. So my last rig had issues, decided to change the mobo, CPU, ram, and graphic cards. Since then, I folded the entire time on my new GTX 580, and my 2600k, and they are rock-stable. At stock speeds, I ran prime95 blend for 24 hours, ran 200 runs of linx(updated one), and it was rock stable. Played with it at stock for a while. 2 weeks later, I OC it to 4.6ghz, a pretty conservative OC considering it would boot at 5ghz, I just don't feel like putting more voltage on the chip. Did the same tests, and been folding 24/7 on it and it's been just solid. Had zero issues. GPU has been at stock this entire time. (Well it is the SC edition however, had it on rebates).

Until yesterday anyway. I wanted to close my GPU client to start playing some TF2, and computer locked up when I did that. I didn't really get it, but meh, whatever, it happens, I'll worry if it does it again. So I reboot, I fire off TF2, and for some odd reason, my framerate is at a whooping 35. Yep. Went from capping 300 at all times almost to 35, stable. Now there is a certain amount of tests I did try.

1- Another reboot
2- Disconnect interwebz, uninstall driver, boot into safe mode, run driver cleaner, reboot, install latest drivers. Reboot, same results.
3- Restored a ghost I made a few days ago. Reboot, same results.
4- Resetted my bios settings, same results. (lower fps actually lol since my CPU was back to 3.4)
5- Suspected my GTX 580 might be running 2D clocks. Checked GPU-Z, doesn't seem like it. Didn't take any chances, went into NVIDIA power settings, put it to Maximum Performance instead of Adaptive. Reboot, same results.

What I have yet to do:

6- Pop in my old GTX 285 see what happens(sweep off drivers etc)
7- Change PSU and see what happens

The only components I carried over were my hard disks(doubtful it'd be the cause of sudden low fps...), and my PSU(which could be an issue but I doubt it to no end, it's a pretty solid PSU..).

Do you guys have any other ideas? I'm pretty much stumped. When I open games, EVGA Precision shows 99% GPU usage, GPU-Z shows correct clocks, yet I have 10% of my former FPS without any system changes(restored a ghost even..).

halp plz minid.

EDIT: Interesting fact, GPU stays in low 40s while playing TF2. It used to go around 70 tops. That's kinda odd. It feels like my GPU is slacking.

EDIT#2: GPU is folding at around 4500 PPD from whatever it was(15000-18000 I think?). Load temps never go above 40 while folding, it's obviously stuck in 2D mode slacking off...
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Update: I just popped one of my old GTX 285 in, reinstalled drivers, and FPS is through the roof again. So essentially my GTX 580 is stuck in 2D mode. Guess it's time to call EVGA for the THIRD TIME this week. -_-
    
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Video Cards, always have a mind of there own 95% of the time(from my experience anyways) hope it works out for the 3rd time @_@
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Well as a not so permanent fix you can try using MSI Afterburner to change the 2D clock profile to your stock clocks or something.

Also, I can run TF2 max settings 4xAA and 16xAF 1920x1080 on 2D clocks with 40+ fps normally. I think this is less of a hardware problem and more of a TF2 problem, it is known to have major performance issues for no reason. I've had the problem on my old machine and even just had it on this machine, though the problem seems to have disappeared randomly. Check your CPU usage in game and see how many cores are being used and their average usage, and look for spikes especialy when near any sort of big confrontation.
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Nvidia control panel will allow you to set when you go/don't go into 2d mode (it's called adaptive power saving). Without custom settings, my 570 downclocked in WoW and LoL. Just make custom orders for TFII that when it's running you use performance power mode.
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Nvidia control panel will allow you to set when you go/don't go into 2d mode (it's called adaptive power saving). Without custom settings, my 570 downclocked in WoW and LoL. Just make custom orders for TFII that when it's running you use performance power mode.
Yep this sounds like it's it. Change power management mode under 3d settings from adaptive to prefer maximum performance.
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Nvidia control panel will allow you to set when you go/don't go into 2d mode (it's called adaptive power saving). Without custom settings, my 570 downclocked in WoW and LoL. Just make custom orders for TFII that when it's running you use performance power mode.
That doesn't explain the poor folding performance, doesn't the driver switch into 3D mode when usage is > a certain point? And IIRC folding uses almost 100%.
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That doesn't explain the poor folding performance, doesn't the driver switch into 3D mode when usage is > a certain point? And IIRC folding uses almost 100%.
I by no means consider myself well informed on folding, but I'm curious whether the program decides how fast it runs based on the hardware or just sends as much at the hardware as possible and lets it sort through it at it's own pace. If it's the former, it could be seeing the 2d clocks as what the card is able to do, and then capping what it sends based on that. Forcing 3D mode before starting up the folding client might fix it. Just a pure guess.
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Sorry I must have missed the part about folding. Are you running the 270 or 275 drivers? There have been problems with both of them for folding, go back to the 266.58 release and make sure to adjust your power settings as mentioned above and I would be surprised if that didn't fix your issues.
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@biltong: I tried, that didn't work out either. It wasn't just TF2, it was TF2, SC2, folding(essentially all I do that makes it work hard, really).

@Apo: I forgot to mention, but I did try that, and no dice, it would just not work out. The thing is, it'd reboot in 2D clocks, forever. Regardless, RMA was approved, sending it in with my old EVGA 780i at the same time.

@juano: Well, I was using the latest, forgot.. 270.61 drivers I think? But as I said, it's going off on RMA so I'll just get over it I guess.


And you guys will never guess what happened next. I popped one of my two GTX 285's I have lying around trying to sell. I pop in the FTW edition as I don't feel like messing with SLI for a while again. Turns out this one actually artifacts(half the problem I had on my previous 775 setup). So I was like, meh, I'll just RMA that too while I'm at it. I pop the second GTX 285 in, and what do you know, it's doing the 2D mode thing. I'll try to push the power preferences, but that was the second half of my problem(aside for my board) on my 775 setup.

I've always been known to have horrible luck, but cmon really? I'll have a huge box to ship to EVGA... It's gonna hurt on shipping. I think I'll give Corsair a call... For some reason I feel like my PSU might just be breaking my stuff... It's the only common denominator. :x
    
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