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Try using ur sli set up in a friends rig.

This is a good idea. It never dawned on me that I can transplant my whole SLI setup to my old pc to test (which currently has working 580 SLI)

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You checked CPU and GPU but what about motherboard temps?

Check it out with HWMonitor

I will try logging feature in hwmonitor pro

I checked temps best I could with built in thermal radar software. Its hard to verify without ability to alt tab at crash. There was no unusal temperature spike leading up to that point.

I suppose it's possible that "thermal armor" cover on motherboard could have blocked desk fan enough that it was still overheating.


I will try swapping my known working 580 SLI into NEW pc and put questionable 680 SLI into known working OLD pc and see what happens. (both PC have necessary requirements for both SLI setups)

I'll also try checking mobo temps with HWmonitor.

Thanks for ideas. Keep them coming! I will post updates later tonight.
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post #12 of 28
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Update:

I put old SLI setup(gtx580) into new pc and new SLI setup into old pc. Old PC ran fine, new pc still restarted. I then installed motherboard fans thinking it was obscure temperature issue. It still restarts. Finally, I swapped out motherboard with replacement. This didn't help either.

I have done some more reading and noticed my RAM isn't on QVL. I've come full circle and am back to RAM issue. This is the only thing really left that I know to swap out. I find it odd that RAM that tested fine with memtest86+ could be the issue, but I seem to recall vaguely where I had a similiar issue with a PC about 10 years ago- where memtest showed fine, but pc still failed in game. iirc, a friend had the same type of ram, let me borrow his and this corrected it.

I'll try new ram and update again.
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post #13 of 28
IF it's a reproducible problem with certain games and ONLY with SLi, then it's a game/driver issue. have you gone to the website of the game in question and see if similar problems are happening to other people?

it's possible that the chipset drivers for your sabertooth is not compatible with the game when activating SLi?
post #14 of 28
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So I tried different ram and same issue. Quick recap:

PC restarts / freezes during Multiple different games when SLI is enabled. SLI disabled works fine

I have monitored for CPU, GPU, and motherboard temps with nothing overheating
Prime95 and memtest testing came back fine

Here is hardware I have tested:

PSU (tried replacement)
RAM (memtest fine, tried replacement)
Motherboard (tried replacement)
GPUs (Moved whole SLI setup to other pc and it ran fine)

I think I've pretty much ruled out all hardware.

I think I will try a clean install of gpu driver and possibly update intel chipset driver. My understanding is that there is version of it newer than what it on ASUS website. If that doesn't work I guess I'll have to try reformat.

Definitely doesn't make any sense.

edit: Tried clean install of gpu drivers and also tried running ccleaner to "clean up" registry. Neither task helped.
Edited by TheChris2233 - 2/27/13 at 10:02pm
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post #15 of 28
Try force feeding the PSU some air with an external fan. My PSU fan recently died and I had some similar fail at load conditions.
Is it SLI related or just both GPUs loaded. Try SLI diabled and load it with Folding@Home.
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post #16 of 28
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Try force feeding the PSU some air with an external fan. My PSU fan recently died and I had some similar fail at load conditions.
Is it SLI related or just both GPUs loaded. Try SLI diabled and load it with Folding@Home.

I will try fan on psu. This psu also has a low fan mode enabled. I'll try high fan mode. I don't think it's defective. I RMAd PSU already and new one does same thing.

I can try loading each card with F@H with SLI disabled, but how does that help me determine what the problem is?
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post #17 of 28
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I will try fan on psu. This psu also has a low fan mode enabled. I'll try high fan mode. I don't think it's defective. I RMAd PSU already and new one does same thing.

I can try loading each card with F@H with SLI disabled, but how does that help me determine what the problem is?

Description SABERTOOTH Z77 BIOS 1805
Improve system stability.
File Size
4,41 (MBytes)

Are you using latest motherboard bios? Might be a PSU issue too. More than likely completely unrelated, but do you have a good UPS that you're using?
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post #18 of 28
Do the basics! Check your connectors if they are LOOSE and even the PSU needs to be tested. Not to mention your SLI connector too.

Could be your motherboard, or Ram or Video card.

Test it on a different system if you have backups. I hope you get it fixed.

Normally it would have been a driver issue but i have a hunch it could be your PSU or motherboard or the SLI profiles.

I wouldn't know cuz i don't run SLI anymore. Used to years ago. Had two GTS 250's Ahh the good old days biggrin.gif
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by TheChris2233 View Post

This is a good idea. It never dawned on me that I can transplant my whole SLI setup to my old pc to test (which currently has working 580 SLI)
I will try logging feature in hwmonitor pro

I checked temps best I could with built in thermal radar software. Its hard to verify without ability to alt tab at crash. There was no unusal temperature spike leading up to that point.

I suppose it's possible that "thermal armor" cover on motherboard could have blocked desk fan enough that it was still overheating.


I will try swapping my known working 580 SLI into NEW pc and put questionable 680 SLI into known working OLD pc and see what happens. (both PC have necessary requirements for both SLI setups)

I'll also try checking mobo temps with HWmonitor.

Thanks for ideas. Keep them coming! I will post updates later tonight.

Also wanted to mention you might wanna be sure your drivers are up to date on that motherboard too. So head out to ASUS website. Maybe you need a bios update? Normally you don't need a update unless you have a certain issue related to the motherboard. Did you overclock anything?
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Hmm.. I was having an issue in BO2 and BF3 where my PC would just go black screen randomly, but Torch Light 2 and BL2 were not affected. Running GTX 580s SLI at stock speed with the latest drivers. Tried everything to fix it. The only solution I could find was to up the volts in MSI AfterBurner and my problems went away. Or to run as you did with SLI off. Well after a while of my GPUs being unnecessarily over volted in SLI, I decided to reinstall my Acronis backup of Windows 7. Then deleted the old Nvidia drivers I had on the backup and installed 314.07 drivers. Now, no crashing no black screens and no more overvolting.. Everything runs as it should.. So, you can always try a fresh reinstall, hopefully you have a decent either full or incremental backup you can load from.. Just my .02
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