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Do I have a defective graphic card?

Sounds like it. Have you tried using the onboard GPU (Intel)? If that doesn't cause any issues, then it is the video card.
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I tried so many different things that I forgot that the board has an integrated graphic chipset to test with!

I'll go ahead and try that, thanks for the suggestion.
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Running on Intel's GPU right now. All fine, and with my full 16 GB of RAM.
I'll wait a bit more to see how the system behaves over time.

Does this definitely mean that the Asus HD6870 is the culprit? Couldn't it be some weird combination of bad memory sticks, PSU or something else? Memtest86 did reports thousands of errors upon running on all 4 sticks.

Sort of waiting for a BSOD to happen
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Running on Intel's GPU right now. All fine, and with my full 16 GB of RAM.
I'll wait a bit more to see how the system behaves over time.

Does this definitely mean that the Asus HD6870 is the culprit? Couldn't it be some weird combination of bad memory sticks, PSU or something else? Memtest86 did reports thousands of errors upon running on all 4 sticks.

Sort of waiting for a BSOD to happen
If Memtest86 is reporting errors, it could be faulty stick(s). Try one at a time and see if you get any errors. It could be too that some settings need to be tweaked in the BIOS such as memory voltage, timings, and/or VCCIO voltage.
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finally hit 5.ghz ...but at 1.5v

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2009346


Edited by Gastoncapo - 9/21/11 at 7:39am
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finally hit 5.ghz ...but at 1.5v

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2009346

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I notice that most of the latest drivers listed in the first page are from the chipset manufacturers instead of asus official site. Apparently, asus provides drivers which are much older. Should I install the latest ones, or the ones from asus?

Forgive me if this question is stupid.
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I notice that most of the latest drivers listed in the first page are from the chipset manufacturers instead of asus official site. Apparently, asus provides drivers which are much older. Should I install the latest ones, or the ones from asus?

Forgive me if this question is stupid.
The newest one from the chipset manufacturers just revert them to older drivers if you have problems! ASUS just takes ages to update them!
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For P8Z68-V Pro users a new bios is out and works well. I flashed this AM and have been testing profiles. So far so good with 4.4 4.5 & 4.6 OCes appear to be as stable as before.

Source:

BIOS 0706 released September 22, 2011
http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/...-ASUS-0706.zip

Release Notes
[ 0706 ]
----------------------
1. Fix FW54P PCI card compatibility issue
2. Fix the bug that the OEM activation version OS of window7 will hang at the "blue screen" if some graphics cards be installed in system.
3. Fix USB Keyboard 3R-FKB3010UBK can't work issue
4. Fix Microsoft V1 receiver can't work issue
5. Fix S3 can't resume if CPU PLL over voltage is enabled.
6. Fix the CPU and Chassis Fan speed will over the duty cycle setting range.
7. Fix CPU ratio always keep at lowest after S4 resume and AC power lost.
8. Improve DRAM compatibility.
9. Support new CPUs. Please refer to our website at: http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/c...Language=en-us

This BIOS should be posted on the Download site on September 24th.

Hope this helps!
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After running my new P8Z68 Deluxe system for about 2 weeks to assure that all was well, I decided it was time to move from the 5.x.x bios it came with to version 706. The EZ-Flash utility within the bios core saw the 706 ROM file on my USB flash drive and started the update process. The progress bar went about 1/3 of the way and then stopped. After about a minute, the progress indicator jumped to 3/4 of the way along the bar and a dialog box popped up announcing that the bios had successfully been updated. I stared at the incongruity for a minute or two, and then took a deep a breath and pressed the "OK" button and allowed the machine to restart.

As it restarted, it sat for about 15-20 seconds and the 2 diagnostic LED numeric indicators on the motherboard rapidly went through a sequence of numbers, and then appeared to loop the same digits again several times. At that point my heart rate went up a few beats, but then it settled down and went through a different numeric sequence and finally settled in to "AA" as Windows 7 (64-bit) came up. After Win7 "rediscovered" a number of motherboard components it all came up fine. When Windows finished loading, I restarted and went into the bios to re-set a number of items to desired values and it all seems to be working great. I did have to re-select the proper audio output for the RealTek audio in windows, but everything seems fine.

Is the bios update scenario I experienced with the progress indicator normal for the Z68 boards? I don't recall any of my other 3 ASUS boards (P4-533, P4-800E Deluxe, Maximus II Formula) ever giving a completion message with a progress bar that was incomplete. How about the repeated numeric cycling after the initial restart? It's all fine, but I'm just curious if others have seen the same behavior.

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