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Hi Guys,

So I built a rig for my brother which consists of the following:
I7 980X
EVGA X58 Classified 4-way SLI
3X EVGA GTX480
Corsair AX1200 PSU
3x2GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 PC1600
128GB Crucial C300 SSD
3X Asus 3D monitor running in 3D surround

Early in March I upgraded the 480's to 580's through EVGA's step-up program. At this point I decided to go water cooling so I setup the rig with water blocks on the cpu, gpu, and mobo. Got the computer booted and everything seemed in good condition.

The problem starts a week after as games start crashing. At this point I tried to isolate what the problem might be and found that it was the video card in the top PCI-E slot was causing problems. So after disabling SLI and running each card individually (windows driver disable plus plugging the monitor into the card being tested at the time). I found that it was only the card in PIC slot 1 that was causing issues. After identifying the card I took it out and reverted it back to air cooling and tested it in another computer. The test computer crashes out of games and shows the same problems. I figure that the issue was a bad card or perhaps a issue with installing the waterblock and RMA it.

At this point I figure problem solved. The computer is running in dual card SLI configuration at this point while waiting for the RMA with cards plugged into PCI-E slots 1 & 2. However the problem occurs a week or so after when the problem reappears and the video card in slot one has the same issue! Now I'm wondering if perhaps it's the motherboard that's burning out the video cards or something else.

Anyone have any ideas?
post #2 of 11
Could be that 1st pcie slot, maybe disable that one & run the cards in other slots & see if the issue resurfaces?
    
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Could be that 1st pcie slot, maybe disable that one & run the cards in other slots & see if the issue resurfaces?
I think this is definitely a possibility but the first video card didn't work even on another computer. Could it just be a fluke that the card happened to be burned out as well?
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Any ideas? I'm thinking the best way to test it right now is to isolate all the cards on a separate system and see if they work there.
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Any ideas? I'm thinking the best way to test it right now is to isolate all the cards on a separate system and see if they work there.
Do this.
    
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post #6 of 11
A motherboard slot going bad can damage anything in that slot. I know, I lost a 9600 to that. Just test all the cards independently in a different system.
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I lost both of my 560 Tis to bad mobo slots. If you can test them elsewhere, it's worth a shot.
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Wow bad motherboard slots. Learn somethin new everyday.
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post #9 of 11
Just a thought.

Are you getting enought water on your loop to the 1st GPU? What temps does it run at? It looks like your problems also started when going to water.
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post #10 of 11
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Are you getting enought water on your loop to the 1st GPU? What temps does it run at? It looks like your problems also started when going to water.
According to GPU-Z and speedfan, the gpu's are running at 28C-32C but it doesn't have the temperature of the vram so that's always a possibility.

I'll try getting the cards back to air tonight. Thanks for the input, I'll update it when i get results!
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