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Trying to OC my 580gtx & the joys of throttling

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So I upgraded to a 580 not long ago and I just want to stress test this thing and up my core/memory, etc... Everything I have tried so far causes the card to throttle, and I tried the trick w/ gpuz yet still I cannot get it to stop throttling while I run tests.

Sigh.

Do I just overlcock it and hope for the best? LOL.
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Yea I had that happening after a certain driver. Now I run close to stock since I SLI'ed so I don't worry about it anymore. What might fix it (can't remember if this worked for me) is try the following:
  1. Open up NVIDIA Control Panel
  2. Go to 3D Settings -> Manage 3D Settings
  3. "Power management mode"- set this to "Prefer maximum performance" instead of the default "Adaptive"

Post back with what happens! Good luck with it, I know it's really annoying.
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Even at stock settings it happens in furmark. It throttled it even at stock speeds frown.gif.

I tried what you suggested and changed that setting yet it still happened.

I have 301.42's could it be the driver?
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Gtx 580 is supposed to throttle with power virus software like furmark, there was a workaround http://www.techpowerup.com/134460/Disable-GeForce-GTX-580-Power-Throttling-using-GPU-Z.html
Furmark isn't very good for stress testing though, for many cards it is completely useless except as a way to see the max temperature a card can hit. Furmark stable is frequently unstable in any other application or game.
    
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If i remember correctly, throttling should only occur with furmark benchmarks (Which IMHO sucks as a benchmark tool). Try a combination of other tests (3dmark, Unigine Heaven, and actual games). What I usually do is settle on an overclock that passes the preset benchmark runs, and then if I see artifacts/BSOD when playing games, I would adjust the voltage or lower the GPU clock. You wont get your final stable clock the first day, but I think this was works.
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Sweet, good to know! My games werent throttling, so I guess furmark is getting the uninstall now.
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Ok so NOW the card is being throttled during gaming, and if I run evga oc scanner x it shows the same thing, 1/2 core clock and 1/2 memory speeds. I got this card from a friend that had no issues with it but I am starting to really want to just go back to my 460gtx after all the headaches this card has been causing.

Just uninstalled all traces of drivers off the hard drives and did a clean install (uninstall all elements of nvidia from control panel) and a clean install of 306.02 beta drivers. Overclocked my card from stock to 860 core 2200 memory and 1.075v. Temps run stable around 65C max with evga scanner oc. I reinstalled precision x also. I am wondering if this could be because of that software. I dont see temps going anywhere near what my 460gtx would run, and when this would happen precision x would indicate the voltage would be less than stock (.963v). I think stock is 1 volt with this card, thats what precision x sometimes shows this card as.

This is so bizarre.
Edited by Blindeye_03 - 9/3/12 at 9:05am
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with the new drivers i am not even getting throttling in windows, is that normal?
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When testing for stability I use GPUtool. I love that you can see the artifacts and get a timer (if you're doing other things) to know that you weren't stable. Once I get like 10 minutes stable I move onto 3dmark.

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Um... I am not testing anything for stability right now, I am trying to find out why my core and memory clocks are being throttled to half their clock speed. The oc scanner x works fine for stability testing and artifact testing - I am having neither issue at the moment.

After running a few hours (I have the day off and nothing else to do) a game crashed and after checking precision x it again is now clocked to half core and half memory.




I have no freaking clue what to check!
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