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Hey there guys. I usually try to stay away from starting a thread asking for help, but I kinda went over my head with this one (I also spent like 15 minutes trying to figure out how to start a thread... Lol)

So here's the problem. I bought a second EVGA GTX580 SC and it came in today. I took out the one I already had, and replaced it with the new one. I ran benchmarks and some tests to be sure it worked correctly and didn't artifact or crash.

So then I proceeded to install the other (second) one, attached the SLI ribbon and power cables and gave my rig a button click (turn on). I was really excited to see the results of this setup.

Windows booted up. Everything was fine. I enabled SLI on the NVCP and started up the Heaven benchmark. The benchmark started completely fine, and I was doing ~76-88fps... only for a couple of seconds. The screen went weird and the display crashed. Now, I waited a few seconds hoping it would come back up with some error or something but it didn't, so I had to force restart the computer. Everything went well with the restart (Windows booted fine, etc). But every time I start a game the screen either starts to flicker (not necessarily microstutter) and artifacts would appear.

Remember that I tested both cards separately to ensure that both are in good conditions. Now, is it possible that it's my PSU that is causing the problem? Now I know my PSU is not the best one out there, but I thought it could run this setup. I even underclocked my CPU back to stock to see if it made a difference, and it didn't. I searched online to see other people's problems and try their fixes, but so far the only problem I have fixed was some blue screen flickering which went away by resetting the drivers to default options.

I went back and forth with driver versions, and still a no-no.

I read somewhere that the cards maybe needed a votlage bump, which I did up to 1.13 and such, but problems remained. I also tried underclocking the cards to 750/core.

I really want to know what people think before splurging my hard-work earned money on another PSU... Meaning I don't want to go buy another PSU to then figure out that the PSU was not the problem after all.

Sorry for the long post but I tried to explain everything in full detail.
     
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Gah, edit: Didn't see you've gone back and fourth with drivers.

Do you have another system to test the GPUs in, or another PSU?
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I do not...
     
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What PSU do you have, Something like this is more of Driver Problem. If PSU could not handle them it will turn off the system and start to smell.
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I have it on my sig rig. It's a Raidmax RX-850AE
     
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Get a new PSU. My PSU is 100w and it's usually not enough especially if you OC them.
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Get a new PSU. My PSU is 100w and it's usually not enough especially if you OC them.

Isn't 100w a little bit low even for your processor? Lol jk.

Let's see if anyone else has other opinions about this.
     
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850 should be more then plenty for 580 SLI. Maybe try completely wiping anything Nvidia off your PC then reinstalling drivers with both cards together. Similar thing happened to me when I had a 5850 CFX setup.

Also make sure that both cards are secure in the PCI slot it seems silly I know but sometimes it's as simple as that.
    
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850 should be more then plenty for 580 SLI. Maybe try completely wiping anything Nvidia off your PC then reinstalling drivers with both cards together. Similar thing happened to me when I had a 5850 CFX setup.
Also make sure that both cards are secure in the PCI slot it seems silly I know but sometimes it's as simple as that.

Alright I'll try that again. I will also "reseat" the cards in the mobo. Will report back
     
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You have already tested both cards in the primary slot, so we can rule out the cards, slot, software, and driver. Test one of the cards in the secondary slot. If it works switch to the other power connectors and test again. If everything works on its own try the other 2 SLI pin outs, then another bridge, and finally you would be left with a power supply that is probably failing under load.
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