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So it does this without afterburner being involved at all ... i.e. w/no OC'ing, you're just looking at the clock graphs in GPU-Z?

Was there ever a time when this problem didn't happen w/this card since you got it ... like, when it was still a 465?

If you use AB to OC, does it get stuck at whatever clocks you've set in it, or does it still stick at 607 even then?

Did you flash the bios in DOS using 'eraseeeprom' command as the first step, or did you use the shortcut method of flashing in Windows? If you did it Windows, this would be my first suspicion of what's causing the issue.

Have you tried a safe-mode driver sweep at all?

I also have a flashed 465, although I used the MSI GTX470 bios, I believe from a reference model of the card. It came from TPU Bios database. My cards don't have this issue. Might be worth trying a different bios.
    
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So it does this without afterburner being involved at all ... i.e. w/no OC'ing, you're just looking at the clock graphs in GPU-Z?

Was there ever a time when this problem didn't happen w/this card since you got it ... like, when it was still a 465?

If you use AB to OC, does it get stuck at whatever clocks you've set in it, or does it still stick at 607 even then?

Did you flash the bios in DOS using 'eraseeeprom' command as the first step, or did you use the shortcut method of flashing in Windows? If you did it Windows, this would be my first suspicion of what's causing the issue.

Have you tried a safe-mode driver sweep at all?

I also have a flashed 465, although I used the MSI GTX470 bios, I believe from a reference model of the card. It came from TPU Bios database. My cards don't have this issue. Might be worth trying a different bios.
The 470 BIOS I flashed to is a reference BIOS. When I flashed the card, it was by making a boot-USB drive and then using nvflash --eraseeeprom and then nvflash -4 -5 -6. When I overclock the card, it's always through afterburner, but the behavior I'm referring to here is at stock speeds.

e.g. Turn on computer, start a graphically intensive application, exit application, and the card will not downclock from the stock speed of 608 MHz to the idle speed of 51 MHz.

If I turn on the computer and do not run a game or graphics-intensive app, the card WILL downclock to 51 MHz. However, if I run a game later on, I have to reboot the computer to get the card to downclock again.

I've tried NVidia and PNY's BIOSes (since my card was a PNY 465). I''m currently trying out a newer BIOS from Zotac (70.00.35.00.04 instead of the older 70.00.1A.00.03). Will test later today to see if it works better than the other BIOSes.
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When you don't OC, what are you using to check the clocks? If you're always using AB, I would try the whole process w/o ever turning on AB, using only GPU-Z to check clocks after you game. This way you can rule out the issue being some type of interference from AB.

And like I said before, a safe-mode driver sweeping is worth a try ... although I don't hold out a lot of hope for that, since I've seen driver sweeping fix an issue approx. .0001% of the time I've seen people use it ... but it's free, and worth a try.

Other driver sets, and other BIOS'es are also worth trying. I'd also check your background tasks to make sure you don't have something running that might make the card think it's still running 3d. For sure you want to shut down any Web browsers just to eliminate that possibility.
    
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When you don't OC, what are you using to check the clocks? If you're always using AB, I would try the whole process w/o ever turning on AB, using only GPU-Z to check clocks after you game. This way you can rule out the issue being some type of interference from AB.

And like I said before, a safe-mode driver sweeping is worth a try ... although I don't hold out a lot of hope for that, since I've seen driver sweeping fix an issue approx. .0001% of the time I've seen people use it ... but it's free, and worth a try.

Other driver sets, and other BIOS'es are also worth trying. I'd also check your background tasks to make sure you don't have something running that might make the card think it's still running 3d. For sure you want to shut down any Web browsers just to eliminate that possibility.
So it looks like the reference NVidia BIOS was the problem. After I flashed to the newer Zotac BIOS, I fired up a game for about 20 minutes, then exited the game and viola, the card downclocked to 51 MHz after about 20 seconds. Thanks for the help.
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