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Tri-SLI was running fine with three cards. I installed WBs on all of them. 10 minutes into a test, everything freezes up. Upon reboot, third card, EVGA B-stock, shows code 43. Doesn't change regardless of driver uninstall/reinstall.

Fast forward 3 days, brand new EVGA card. Put block on it, insert...same ******* problem. What the hell? This is the same type of XPSC block on all three cards. Could a WB seriously be insta-killing my cards?

I know that with the first EVGA card (that ran for 10 minutes in benchmark before system crash), the GPU temp was perfectly in line with the other two cards (28c idle/45c load).

With that card, I also installed it in the second slot to make sure my third slot hadn't died. But it was still code 43 so slot wasn't the problem. Neither were the PSU connectors.

Also, I can feel that the card is warm, unlike a non-connected card.

What is going on here?


e: SOLVED (from later post on p.2)



e: AAAAAAAAAND the "Dead" #1 EVGA card is booting on air! So certainly something on the block is shorting out the card!

The second EVGA may or may not be permanently damaged though.
Edited by matrices - 8/3/11 at 9:35pm
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What driver?
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OK, somehow after installing the 280 betas in desperation, the problem is gone.

I was using 275.33, whatever the latest WHQL.

I will report back after some benchmarking to make sure this is working for real.
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make sure the block is not shorting the gpu.
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if you begin to experience any problems with the new drivers I would recommend using the 266.58 as it's the most stable driver out. If you require SLI profiles, then use this method to add any game.
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Sigh, well all three 580s show up, but the system freezes when I actually attempt to turn on Tri-SLI. Back to drawing board.

All three show up in MSI AB and Windows and are warm to the touch so, especially with this being EVGA card #2, I'd be really surprised if this is hardware issue. Unless I'm just the unluckiest person alive with a card-killing block.

Thing is, I know three cards were working fine on air.

e: This must be some kind of messed up issue with that particular block doing damage to the cards. If I even plug a monitor into the DVI port of that EVGA card, the system BSODs. Must be seriously messed up somehow.
Edited by matrices - 8/3/11 at 5:51pm
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It may be your PSU causing all the trouble...

The Corsair HX1000 is crazy fussy about which PCIe 6+2pin power cables are used for a given GPU...

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

If I remember correctly GPU 2&3 depends on PCIe slot labeling not its actual position, depending on MoBo of course.
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Not that, because I replaced it with HCP 1200.

No, I'm just the victim of some god-forsaken cursed part - either the waterblock or the single-slot PCI-E bracket that has somehow killed two EVGA cards. Unless it's some weird compatibility issue between XPSC blocks and EVGA (highly unlikely), there is something slightly off with either the block or the bracket that has killed the cards.

The giveaway that some hardware issue resulted is the fact that when I plug a monitor into the third card, the system BSODs. Obviously the card is trying and failing to process a signal.
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Not that, because I replaced it with HCP 1200.

No, I'm just the victim of some god-forsaken cursed part - either the waterblock or the single-slot PCI-E bracket that has somehow killed two EVGA cards. Unless it's some weird compatibility issue between XPSC blocks and EVGA (highly unlikely), there is something slightly off with either the block or the bracket that has killed the cards.

The giveaway that some hardware issue resulted is the fact that when I plug a monitor into the third card, the system BSODs. Obviously the card is trying and failing to process a signal.
definitely sounds like it shorting somewhere. Take the block off and try with stock cooler. It's a hassle but it might be a good idea.
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Change the waterblock from card #3 to #2 or #1 and see if problem goes to the card the WB was transferred, if yes, than you have a bad WB.
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