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I hope this question hasn't already been answered, but couldn't find any information int he forums.

I have two GTX 480s in SLI. I am running 3 screens in Nvidia surround. The cards are currently running at stock settings.

I am having a problem when playing WoW. Normally the cards are only used about 50% since WoW is a more CPU intensive game and doesn't stress the GPUs. Every so often, I will get some massive stuttering (under 10 fps) and my FPS then drops from over 100 to 20 or less. Temperatures look good. GPU usage spikes to 100% on both cards. Everything becomes very slow and choppy. It seems like some sort of driver crash or something. If I exit WoW and open it again, it's back to normal.

Has anyone else had this problem? Is there any fix? Thanks.
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The fix???? use the 266.58, refer to the review thread in my sig. It's the most stable driver out for gaming.
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This also happens many times when I Alt-Tab out of WoW and then switch back to it. 100% GPU usage (up from 50%) and terrible FPS in game.
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The fix???? use the 266.58, refer to the review thread in my sig. It's the most stable driver out for gaming.
I think I need 280.26 in order to run SLI on my AMD 990FX motherboard, right? I don't think earlier versions support that.
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I think I need 280.26 in order to run SLI on my AMD 990FX motherboard, right? I don't think earlier versions support that.
Oh right, well not so familiar with that hack, but im sure you can get away with a previous driver, try the 275.33.
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Oh right, well not so familiar with that hack, but im sure you can get away with a previous driver, try the 275.33.
It's not a hack.. Nvidia added SLI support on the 990FX in their 280.xx drivers. So to use legit SLI he needs 280.xx drivers
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So you guys are pretty sure it's just a driver bug? That's the main reason I just switched from ATI to Nvidia grrr. It seems like a pretty obvious and debilitating bug to me. How can they continually release software in this state?

Do you know of any workarounds? Maybe if I run WoW in DirectX 10 mode instead of DirectX 11?
post #8 of 16
I get the same thing with the most recent drivers, and like you said the only way it seems to fix it self is by exiting. I'm not sure if i got the same bug in DX9 mode but you could try that.
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It's not a hack.. Nvidia added SLI support on the 990FX in their 280.xx drivers. So to use legit SLI he needs 280.xx drivers


I have no knowledge of the 990FX, that's amd right? j/k

I thought he meant the SLI hack
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When u go back what are the clock speeds like. It could be that the cards are getting stuck in 2D clocks.
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