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Overnight stress test with Heaven/3dMark

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I bought a gtx 580 off someone on ebay and the card is new but I want to avoid DOA or any other problems. Seller suggested an overnight stress test in Heaven or 3dMark... should I go for it or is there a better way to test the card before shipping?

Thanks!
Edited by adi518 - 5/1/12 at 8:20am
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An overnight run of Ungine Heaven should be fine and not cause any problems. The only thing I can think of that would be a better stress test would be folding, it's the toughest thing you can run on a 500 series card with OCP. If it can for for 24-48 hours then it will be stable in anything else you could throw at it. You can find a quick and easy set up guide linked as "FOLDING" in my signature.
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Sounds good but it's in the hands of the seller. I think I'll just tell him to benchmark it in Heaven. Actually, is there any preference between Heaven and 3dmark?
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unigine over 3dmark11 IMO. If you want to also stress test it once you get it (in addition to what the seller may or may not do) then I'd recommend folding on it.
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Great, I really appreciate your help. I hope I get the card and all will be as expected. It's a brand new (oem) 580, the 3GB version, scored for 300$. biggrin.gif
Edited by adi518 - 5/1/12 at 9:55am
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Personally if it were me I'd spend a day playing all kinds of different games, esp. tough ones like Metro, Crysis (1+2), BF3, Skyrim, etc (like an hour each game), then maybe set Unigine to run like 10 times (not overnight, there's really no need for that). If those tests all pass I'd say you're golden.

IOW, IMHO, there's more value in this situation in playing a bunch of different games as opposed to just running one thing for a really long time.
    
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Good advice, I agree but I'm not the seller so I can't like tell him to do all these kind of things :\

I will do it myself when it gets here.

I ended up telling him to run Unigine's benchmarks over night, I hope it goes well. However, there's also a way to find out about a card's health status? Using hmm latest GPU Z I think ? Does it have any significance?
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Ok, seller did an overnight bench of Unigine and it went perfect. Also, I talked to EVGA today and they gave me a good piece of information regarding this card. Apparently it's indeed OEM since the MPN (EVGA GTX 580 03G-P3-1584-BR) ends in -BR rather than -AR like they usual retail models. It means this card was indeed taken out of a system and for such indeed doesn't not come with any accessories nor the life time warranty. It does however come with a 1 year warranty and Evga claim they can find out where this card originated from via it's serial so I'll go ahead and do that as soon as I'm able to.
Edited by adi518 - 5/2/12 at 8:28am
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My "dream" has collapsed. I seriously think this seller is bull****ting me...

just got this email from him (LMAO, I don't buy this lie):

"WOW, this card was running this whole time and just blue screened in heaven. On reboot it blue screens every time i try and boot into windows unless I uninstall the driver. Looks like I killed this card. Better now then the day after you got it though."

Incredibly fishy, glad I didn't make the transaction but what an *******, I passed like 10 other listings while trying to complete this purchase. mad.gif

I'm guessing it was "too good to be true". sad-smiley-002.gif

Edit: I just noticed he listed like 10 new items including the same card. This smells so bad.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/EVGA-GTX-580-03G-P3-1584-BR-PCIe-video-card-/290706673960?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item43af77d128#ht_500wt_1156

Did some more investigation, it's this store in Oregon. It actually makes sense and the site looks legit: http://www.falcon-nw.com/support
Edited by adi518 - 5/2/12 at 12:04pm
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