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Sudden Artifacting on 560ti (SLI Mode ONLY) Advice?

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OK here is all the info I can currently think of to mention if there's any other info you need to help me figure out the sudden weirdness by all means I'm willing to try anything.

For about 14 months I've been running 2x 560ti Twin Frozer's in SLI on my system. These cards are still virginal (never OCed em cause I never had a need to... I figured I could always OC later if the newer games required more juice)

Using MSI Afterburner to monitor my GPU while playing (I have 2 monitors so I leave Afterburner running just so I can see any changes should a game crash or something) -- neither of the cards ever peaked over 66 degrees System idles at about 34 degrees (I mention this now as a comparison for the comment below about Furmark)

They've been working fine up until about 2 weeks ago when I got Skyrim. Skyrim runs awsome ... very smooth overall, but occasionally when switching areas the water wouldn't render properly. I didn't think much of it at the time - wrote it off as "new software I'll wait for the new drivers from nVidia"

But suddenly today, NONE of my games will run. they all crash or artifact like mad. So I disabled the SLI and removed 1 card to begin testing.

Furmark runs fine on each card individually using the 285.62 nVidea drivers (Been using those since release with no issues till today - other then the Skyrim water thing) -- No artifacting at all even though the temp got to 89 degrees (the highest either of these cards ever reached)

So on a whim I installed the nVidea Beta drivers and the cards perform a lot smoother individually and test out about the same with furmark on their own, but when I put both in and enable SLI - artifacting and crashing like mad.

Also FYI: Tested the cards in all the SLI slots in different configurations switching them etc... also they test fine when connected to each other with SLI disabled.

Anyone have any insights as to what the deal is here?

Or any ideas for me to try that I haven't thought of yet?

- Tanlith -
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Driver problems, or not enough core voltage. SLI can produce a lot of strange behavior.
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Oh... ummm my PSU is a Corsair TX750... and it's been running smooth for like 14 months... You suspect maybe the PSU is starting to die?

Also I forgot to mention, Furmark also artifacts in SLI mode.... the image is quite obviously FUBAR A sectoin of it doesn't even render... kind of like the Skyrim water issue.

And I just now ran a Kombuster Extreme burn in test and oddly enough it did not artifact at all.... and here's the results:

http://www.ozone3d.net/msi_kombustor/score_200.php?id=32178

- Tanlith -
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OK more info available: Since Skyrim is the only game that has been showing visible artifacting (the water not rendering properly or sometimes flickering) I decided to test each card individually with that game. They both work fine. But when I SLI them there's insane Artifacting - as in way worse then just the water flickering. The objects are "spiking" as in a NPCs nose is like 900 feet long and such.

Could this really be a driver issue? I been using the latest nVidea driver since it's release a few months ago with no issues... Skyrim was artifacting on the driver previous to that release - but ALL my other games worked fine! - Saints Row Third, all the Dragon Age Series I & 2, Prototype, Alice - Madness Returns, Batman Arkham Assylum & Arkham City, Crysis... and all of them with every graphics setting maxed out.

I don't understand how a driver that has worked fine for months suddenly not work?

- Tanlith -
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I'm pretty sure you want to modify the water settings.

I remember seeing 4 options (Reflect world, trees and such).
I opened skyrim in 3D and Nvidia said that the water reflection in 3D would cause weird issue.
Disable them and see if it still occurs.
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my 460's in sli have been artifacting in the game as well. it's been doing it for a couple weeks now. they're overclocked however, but they're watercooled with full cover waterblocks so temps never pass 45 degrees. i flashed the bios so it unlocked voltage and it seems like a high overclock it does it more than not, however any other game will play flawlessly. it's only skyrim, so im beginning to think it's something related to the latest patch, as i have heard the latest patch isn't a cure all
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