Originally Posted by Wrathcaster
Fairly certain after reading through the posts here that the 280.66 drivers caused massive system instability for me. I just built this PC this summer and it's been running like a dream up until the past week or so after installing the drivers. Now my system randomly freezes up, no matter what I'm doing- whether idle or gaming or just browsing the internet the system will hang, become unresponsive, and all I can do is reset manually via my PC's power button. At first I was getting the "graphics driver has failed and been successfully restarted" messages quite frequently but then I stopped getting them at all and the freezing started. Very frustrating now though because a revert to 275 drivers didn't seem to have eliminated the issue... Still crashing at random.
Not quite sure what to do from here... Any ideas? I hear about adding voltage but honestly I'm a bit new to OC'ing and the like... I built my machine but I'm normally just content to go with manufacturer defaults and not risk instability for minimal performance benefits.
Start off with everything at stock clocks.
Then make sure drivers are all upto date, check for any bios updates.
People often overlook a bios update as a fix, but there have been a few occasions its made a huge difference to my system. For example, when I got my 570s they were shipped with not enough vcore so I got crashing problems. The update increased that some, and it fixed the issue.