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[Solution] GTX590 Code 43

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Here's my story - last week I bought and built a rig I had been waiting and saving up for ages to procure. So to say I was a bit peeved when things didn't go too well would be an understatement.

My Zotac GTX590 was hit with a Code 43 error in Device Manager when I tried to install the 285.38 drivers. I tried installing a few other driver versions after that with the same results. As a last resort, I popped in the disc that came with the card and installed the drivers on them (267.91). Much to my surprise, they worked... for a while. The driver would crash or cause BSoDs every 10-15 minutes, regardless of the load or temps. I Googled the issue and found a few people facing the same problem (notably one guy who posted on pretty much every hardware forum out there), but couldn't find a fix.

I didn't think the card was faulty because it worked perfectly fine on my P55 setup when I tested it there. So I installed Virtu and ran my display via the iGPU, only to be met with even more BSoDs. Looked up the codes online, followed the instructions and upped stuff like VCCIO and vCore, even though I knew those were overclocking diagnostics. Didn't work, so I removed the card and ran only the iGPU. That didn't work either. Threw the kitchen sink at the PC afterwards - updated the motherboard BIOS, disabled a bunch of features etc. Still a no go.

Was just about to give up when I noticed the 2600k only supports RAM at up to 1333MHz. I was running the 1.25v G.Skill Snipers at XMP before, so I changed them from 1600MHz to 1333MHz. Ran the system for a while and noticed the BSoDs disappeared. Popped the 590 back in and voila, the drivers installed this time and they weren't crashing either.

Now with that out of the way, can I consider myself safe? I still don't understand why the fix worked - just that it did - so I don't know if I should be preparing myself for any eventual disappointment. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who are running 1600MHz without any problems at all, so why would it affect the 590 specifically? What I also find really strange is that the 267.91 drivers did away with the Code 43 error - was it simply a case of NVIDIA noticing the instability and making sure the later drivers wouldn't work?

Apologies if this has posted and discussed to death before, but I spent a week on Google and couldn't find anything related so I figured I'd post this here so people who have this issue in the future can sort it out.
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I'm on the latest bf3 beta driver and I can no longer get my ram to run at 1600mhz.
Are you saying this is a result of the drivers?
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