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Hey guys, I just picked up an MSI GTX 580 Lightning and I'm having some issues. It will run at 3D clocks fine for a while (running Furmark for a bit) but when I go to fold on it, the core clock will be fine for a minute or two, then it will drop to 405MHz and stay there. If I quit folding it downclocks to idle clocks and when I start again it only goes back up to 405MHz. Then if I go to run Furmark again, same thing, only goes to 405MHz.
Also, I understand that in Afterburner I should be able to adjust voltages for core, memory, and PLL but I only have a slider for core voltage.
I throught it might be a driver issue, but the same things happen whether I'm using 266.58 or the one from MSI's site, 263.09. Each time I changed drivers I did a clean install and I also tried running driver sweeper.

The only thing I've done to the card is turn OCP off via the DIP switch. I am about to turn it back on just to see if that helps at all.
Also half of the PWM LED's are green and the other half are red if that means anything. I can't find any documentation stating what color they are supposed to be lit up.

Anyone have an idea what's going on here?
    
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There should be a button in AB beside the voltage slider, pressing that opens up the memory & pll voltage sliders.
The card is probably unstable, furmark doesn't really test stability (stable in furmark usually isn't stable in anything else that loads up the gpu).
    
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The LEDs are green and red. Sounds like a driver problem but you said you cleaned them out so not sure
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There should be a button in AB beside the voltage slider, pressing that opens up the memory & pll voltage sliders.
The card is probably unstable, furmark doesn't really test stability (stable in furmark usually isn't stable in anything else that loads up the gpu).

Didn't see the button

I turned the OCP off and all is good at stock so far... maybe it was unstable. But after I reverted it to stock clocks it still only went to 405MHz. If it was unstable that's too bad because I had it at 950MHz and I was at 1.12v according to the test point and multimeter.
    
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Oh, did you restart the system? The driver doesn't always recover & may need a restart.
    
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Yes I did. Looks like I need to do some more tweaking. Thanks so much for the quick help
    
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driver driver driver. the new drivers are crap and downclock the gpu to 2d speeds on me. using old 267.31 best drivers so far.
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post #8 of 18
Yea any folders would have told you the first thing to check is make sure you aren't using 270 and maybe 275 drivers. 270 is known to have widespread problems when folding and 275 is still kinda unknown, some people say it works others have had problems. Use 266.58 for the most stable current folding drivers.
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If you check the OP I tried 266.58 and 263.09
    
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My GPU was downclocking because the OC on it had become unstable after a while. Rolled back the OC a little, and no problems since.
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