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My GTX460SE isnt even 3 months old and am having a bit of a mare with it currently.

Previously its worked flawlessly but for the past week when it boots into Windows the screen goes a mess of pinks and blues (there is no tint, its an absolute mess of colours)

Now I've looked around and found a few potential fixes but nothing has so far worked

I have...
- removed the drivers and reinstalled
- removed the soundcard incase theres any conflict with IRQs between the soundcard and the HD Audio
- removed the drivers and reinstalled only the graphics drivers and physx drivers (no HD audio or 3D support)
- formatted and reinstalled everything
- formatted and resintalled drivers only the graphics drivers and physx drivers (no HD audio or 3D support)

Currently the soundcard is out of the system

Now booting into Safe Mode and the issue doesnt appear (only into full fat Windows) so im assuming its a driver issue but im getting fed up of it now and have no qualms about dropping the 4890 back in. If it helps its an EVGA model.

Anyone had similar/same issue or know of any fixes?

Or is it RMA time?
    
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From what you've said you tried I'm 90% sure the card is toast. To be 100% I would boot in normal mode and underclock the GPU + add a very high CFM fan to blow towards the card. If underclocking and/or the extra cooling solves the problem at least partially, this means it can't hold the stock clock speed or that it can't be cooled well enough which is a very good reason for RMA. It's like it was running OCed at stock speed. If you do this test the risk is to completely toast the card, which in the grand scheme of things isn't a bad thing - it would speed up the RMA process as there's nothing to test for.
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Got myself a nice paperweight now............

Was in the process of recabling and took the card out but noticed that the serial number sticker was warped...................closer inspection revealed a greasy, wet patch which so happens to coincide with where the card was in relation to the CPU cooler.

In short its leaked and killed or best case slightly maimed the GFX card right below it frown.gif
    
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Well after an evening if getting very angry it seems that not only has it killed the 460, the 4890 has suffered the same fate. Must've been leaking a while as I only had that card in a day or so to check it over before the 460 went back in. That was weeks ago now frown.gif

Going to see where I stand with evga before spending on a replacement tho

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Yeah, I was going to say my 460SE has taken a beating and no signs of failure. I had it clocked at 1050/2100 even and ran multiple 3D Mark 11 tests. Folded on that clock too, under water though.

Sorry about your bad luck. EVGA should not take it back being it was not their fault, but you can try.
 
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Originally Posted by BWG;14677725 
Yeah, I was going to say my 460SE has taken a beating and no signs of failure. I had it clocked at 1050/2100 even and ran multiple 3D Mark 11 tests. Folded on that clock too, under water though.

Sorry about your bad luck. EVGA should not take it back being it was not their fault, but you can try.

Yeah wasnt expecting them too, had a feeling it wouldnt be covered and its not so nothing lost there but nothing gained either

So now on the hunt for a £100-£110 graphics card once more
    
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Have you tried RMA'ing?
Unless the sticker is totally gone or torn, they should take it back.
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Have you tried RMA'ing?
Unless the sticker is totally gone or torn, they should take it back.

I've read the terms of the RMA process, its states that water damage is not covered.

The sticker itself is warped and wet, plus theres a greasey water type stain around the sticker and end of the card so its a dead give away
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SpuddGunn;14683033 
I've read the terms of the RMA process, its states that water damage is not covered.

The sticker itself is warped and wet, plus theres a greasey water type stain around the sticker and end of the card so its a dead give away

As far as I know, almost every company would void the warranty because of water damage.

But if he serial number is even vaguely visible, I'd let it dry for a couple of days and RMA it. No harm in trying.
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Buddy, the 460 SE is a great card, so I would get another one. Even on air I was able to play anything with it comfortably with some solid overclocking.
 
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