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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
Call EVGA, tell the rep you NEED a pre-paid shipping tag, plead your case...tell them you're pissed, got several of their cards failing on you...tell them you don't have lots of $$$

I did exactly that once and it worked...no issues...I even got a 8800GTS640 replaced by a GTX260 Core 216!
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I love the technology of 3D but I have to admit the whole thing can act loopy sometimes. I've had a couple of OC'ed video cards that were solid in Furmark but the same OC's would crash my pc after a few minutes of 3D gameplay. Also getting 3D to work is sometimes a pain. If I didn't know how to use imaging software (like Norton Ghost or Macrium Reflect) I would of given up on 3D PC gaming a long time ago (out of frustration ).

Hope things work out for you.
    
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Another common denominator is also the drivers, I would have tried rolling back to 266.58 like I mentioned before RMA but be sure to use 266.58 after your RMA instead of the 270 or 275 which are known to have the issues you are describing in folding.
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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
This definitely seems like the issue.

I remember reading a somewhat similar post almost a year ago on one of the forums, maybe even this one. Anyway, the OP for that thread troubleshooted and swapped EVERYTHING except for the Corsair PSU, because he thought it was a definite good unit. After switching to a brand new, store-bought unit, everything started working normally again.

Not to get your hopes up or anything, but there was one user who RMA'd an HX1000 recently and ended up getting an AX1200 in return because Corsair ran out of HX1000 stock. YMMV, but it's nice to hope.

Before sending it off though, I would recommend checking your power connections to make sure you are following the the rail distribution diagram as much as possible:

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=70317

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First off let me just say, the whole 2d/low-power 3d/full power 3d power saving system works pretty flawlessly in my experience, and leaving it 'On' (aka 'Adaptive') really should never cause you to lose FPS.

I guess it's easy enough to try this 'max performance' thing in the Control Panel, but I would be shocked as heck if that solves this issue.

OP you keep saying you have a '2d Clock' problem ... have you tried the onscreen display feature of Precision/AB so you can monitor your card's clocks while gaming in real-time? If not, you should try it. I think it's rather unlikely that the actual problem here is the cards failing to go into 3d mode when gaming.

Also, the 'prefer max perf' mode shouldn't stop your cards from going into 2d clocks when no 3d app is running. All it's supposed to do is cause your card to skip over the low-power 3d mode and always use full-power 3d mode when actually running a 3d app.

Does GPU-Z show that your card is running in 16x PCI-Ex mode? Have you made sure that you are not forcing any settings in the NVCP? Frankly, if you were getting 300fps is TF2 before, that strikes me as odd, because I didn't think anyone gets that high of FPS in that game

Why don't you try comparing your performance on some 'known' benchmarks with the perf of others w/similar systems, like 3dMark11 and such? If you get normal scores on tests like these, it's about 99% sure that the problem here is NOT hardware-related.

Lastly, there's virtually no chance this is a PSU problem. A PSU (yours, or anyone elses) won't ever be the cause for a low FPS problem. That's just not a possible symptom of a PSU issue.
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To the OP:
Did you try unplugging your computer from power outlet for 30 seconds to let the PSU drain and recheck?

Was your GPU overclocked while you folded? how much and at what volt?
It could be that the overclock was far from stable, and it degraded the GPU pretty badly.
You can check this if you still have the folding log, see how many times the results were corrupted or not accepted by the server.

Also, are you running your computer 24/7? Did you sometimes lately found it turned off when you came home or in the morning for no reason?
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@Defoler: Yes I have. GPU was a SC edition, therefore factory overclocked, hadn't touched it yet. And no, it was always turned on.

@brett: I never had to mess with adaptive settings either, but if it's a possibility, I had to try. GPU-Z/EVGA Precision showed me the right clocks, but the GPU was 100% loaded, which is by all means impossible, the 2D clocks was the only explanation I could come up with. When I'd reboot the computer, the GPU would go up to normal 3D temps(50ish), then screen would flash, and it'd drop down to 30s(2D). And I wasn't getting sustained 300 fps, but 200+ for sure. Regardless, the gap is quite huge between 30 and 200, too. And I disagree on the PSU issue, if my PSU has been spiking all along and frying some of my components, it'd explain the fact I went through 2 780i boards, 2 GTX 285's, and a 580 without overclocking the GPUs. Temps were always normal, too.

@cover: I was already respecting these, but even then, I'll still call them up, I don't want my board getting damaged by the PSU if it's indeed the unit's fault.

@juano: Honestly I haven't tried that many driver versions... But EVGA accepted the RMAs, I'll just go through with it and see from there.

@Dela: I'll sure try that.
    
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