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Hey guys,

First post so go easy on me, lol. I tried searching but couldn't find the answer to my question, I figured this would be the best place to ask.

I have the Asus GTX570 with the bigger cooler:

http://ca.asus.com/en/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/ENGTX570_DCII2DIS1280MD5/#overview

I've had some issues with Battlefield 3 crashing, I get the "display driver has stopped responding" crash, but not with any other games. After doing some digging I read that some of the GTX570's have too low of a stock voltage. I've also read about some of the GTX570's having VRM issues and you can fry them from too much voltage/overclocking... Then on top of that I've read that some of the newer cards have resolved these VRM issues, so here are my questions:

1) Do I have one of the newer cards that has "more" vrms? is that the right term?

2) BF3 stops crashing when I downclock the card, before I consider any sort of overclocking, is 1.050 volts (or maybe a little higher) safe for my card? I have the fan at 55% so it's at 36/37 degrees in windows and in mid/low 50's when I'm playing BF3. I'm wondering this because from what I've read in these forums you can't measure the temperature of the VRMs.


I've tried everything from the last two beta drivers, the latest official released drivers, i've used driver sweeper to do a full wipe of the driver and then a clean installation of all three (currently on the latest beta). I also have an Asus soundcard, I read some of the issues have been resolved by going from 16-bit to 24-bit 192,000hz so I tried that... Tried changing my internet browser to Chrome, re-installation of windows, re-installation of BF3, disabling Nvidia's PowerMizer through the registry, extending the time required to get the "display driver has stopped responding" crash. I've checked for new bios updates of my motherboard/graphics card/sound card/ SSD drive. The only other thing I haven't tried is removing my secondary card, I've got an 8400GS that I'm using to run my triple screen setup, I'm not currently using it for gaming, I just game on the main monitor. However I did go into my Nvidia control panel and disable Cuda on the secondary card as well as removed the adaptive power mode... none of this stuff has made a difference, the only thing that has worked is when I downclocked my card.

The day before yesterday I upped the voltage from the stock 1.025 to 1.050 and it hasn't crashed yet, am I safe to keep it this way? Can I go a little higher with the card I have and overclock it a little? My main goal is to get the game running stable without frying any of my components, it's running stable now and I think I'm safe with the voltage I'm running... once I get it stable I'll start to try a mild overclock.

Thanks
post #2 of 5
Welcome to OCN!

1) Yup thumb.gif
2) 1.050v should be perfectly safe. I fold about 12 hours a day on my 570, which doesn't have the improved VRMs, and that's at 900MHz and 1.063v. Cards like yours can easily be pushed to 1.1v and beyond, so your card will be just fine. Overclocking should be very safe smile.gif

As for your display driver problems, I agree, it looks like the voltage bump fixed it. If you are crashing at stock clocks and voltages you should feel free to ask ASUS for an RMA. They might send you a whole new card, or they'll just increase the stock voltage on your current one.
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Crucial M4 64GB + WDC Green 1TB Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Professional 64 Dell U2311h (23") + Samsung 2032NW(20") 
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post #3 of 5
welcome to OCN mate. I run mine at 1.075v without any issues at all. I believe 1.1v with adequate cooling is ok also.
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Thanks guys.

Since the voltage fixed it I don't think I'll bother with the RMA to Asus just yet as this is a temporary card until the new version of the 590 comes out. I was debating about getting two 590's for quad SLI or waiting for the 690's and just picking up two of those, because of how long the 590's have been out I decided to wait for 2x 690's sometime (hopefully early) next year.
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Is there any info about Gigabyte cards, want to oc it but i'm nervous about the vrams, is the design of the vrams and cooling enough to overvolt it to +1050v at stock cooling?
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