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Hello everyone,

I've been having some trouble OC'ing my KFA2 GTX 570. The stock voltage is 1.013 and without touching it I am able to achieve a stable OC of about 770/1950 which is pretty low but acceptable. However, if I do the slightest voltage tweak ANY OC will become unstable, even stock 732/1900. I ran at 800/2000 with 1.038 voltage for more than a month without problems, then all of the sudden it became unstable. Sometimes it will work for several hours of stress testing, and at other times 10 minutes is sufficient to make it crash. I asked at another forum where someone suggested that the card may be throttling the voltage when it's anything other than stock but I'd like some input other dedicated people as well.

Have I just been unlucky and received a card that doesn't like to be overclocked? I doubt I'm able to RMA it since KFA2 considers any kind of overclock a voiding of the warranty.

The rest of my rig, if it matters:

Intel i5 2500k @4,0GHz
8GB DDR3 800MHz RAM
W7 64-bit

I've confirmed that the instability is caused by the graphics card OC and not by any other component.

Thanks in advance.
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Are you monitoring the temperature with an application like HWMonitor? thumb.gif
   
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Are you monitoring the temperature with an application like HWMonitor? thumb.gif

Yes, I use MSI Afterburner. I've set up a fan profile to ensure that they never exceed 70c.
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Drivers... do you have the latest?
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Drivers... do you have the latest?
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Yep, I've tried both the latest official (285.62) and latest beta (290.53)
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Sorry mate but you got a dud. You can't do anything about it. I know this is sad but it is the truth.
Also if this is a reference card don't try to overvolt it by much as the vrms on the 570 are very sensitive to voltage increases.
I guess when your card crush at higher voltages even at stock. That means your cards vrms either got too hot or they totally gave up.
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Sorry mate but you got a dud. You can't do anything about it. I know this is sad but it is the truth.
Also if this is a reference card don't try to overvolt it by much as the vrms on the 570 are very sensitive to voltage increases.
I guess when your card crush at higher voltages even at stock. That means your cards vrms either got too hot or they totally gave up.

Damn, that sucks. Do you think it may eventually become unstable at stock voltage too or should I be good to go running without an overclock?

It's a non-reference card AFAIK.
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Damn, that sucks. Do you think it may eventually become unstable at stock voltage too or should I be good to go running without an overclock?
It's a non-reference card AFAIK.

Only time will tell mate smile.gif . Hope it didn't become unstable over time. But it is possible.
My GTX 470 is no longer stable at its factory voltage like the first time I bought it.
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Well, mine isn't dead - it just won't OC with voltage tweaks.

For now it's stable with stock voltage and a mild overclock.
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