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Is this 680 unstable?

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I traded my GTX 690 for a pair of Gigabyte 680OC-2GD Rev 1.0 Windforce cards due to noise concerns when folding. They seem to be pretty good but one of them is extremely limited on the overclocking front, and it also has a pretty good coil whine I noticed right away.

I decided to fold on them over night to see how they would do, card #1 is solid as a rock but card #2 keeps dropping usage % from 99% to 70% or so every few seconds and then eventually down to 0% (this happens in benchmarks as well). I switched the cards slots and it follows the card. I tried backing down the clock speed a little and upped the voltage a touch too, and the coil whine quieted down. Also, the usage drops happen much more infrequently. Is this card just plain unstable? I can probably RMA it.


Here is what it looks like:
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Edited by Scorpion49 - 1/27/13 at 11:11am
post #2 of 11
Can you try the card on its own & see if the issue is still there?
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I was going to suggest they could not be recieving enough power, but you have a 850w psu. Try plugging your "bad" card in by itself. On the first pcie slot and see how it performs
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In other words, test each card seperately with the same config and see if there is a difference
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In other words, test each card seperately with the same config and see if there is a difference

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Originally Posted by Morritse View Post

I was going to suggest they could not be recieving enough power, but you have a 850w psu. Try plugging your "bad" card in by itself. On the first pcie slot and see how it performs

I'll give that a try, I swapped them slots because this one was #1 originally and it stayed the same. I will try it alone as soon as this WU is done.
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Can you post your clocks, volts and power target for this card running at stock:
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I solved the issue with a clean install of the 310.90 driver. It still coil whines but everything else is good now.
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The coil whine will vanish (especially if you are folding). I had the same but with some benching, it vanished after a few days. I was seriously overclocking the cards which helped but I am sure folding will have the same effect.
    
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The coil whine will vanish (especially if you are folding). I had the same but with some benching, it vanished after a few days. I was seriously overclocking the cards which helped but I am sure folding will have the same effect.

It may, it may not. I have had a GTS 450 that had massive coil whine and it continued to do so for 4 years of service. I think this one will stay as well, possibly might go away when I put it under water.
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It may, it may not. I have had a GTS 450 that had massive coil whine and it continued to do so for 4 years of service. I think this one will stay as well, possibly might go away when I put it under water.

I never noticed mine till I put it under water. I am pretty sure they both did but like I said, it went after a couple of days. If it stayed, it was going back. Coil whine would drive me crackers frown.gif
    
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