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Last week i got 2 MSI 670 PE /OC for SLI.

I haven't done any further overclocking on them since they are by default overclocked, the only adjustment i made is in MSI afterburner which was to change the power limit to 114%.

What is happening is if i run/play an application that is heavy on the graphics card such as Unigine Heaven benchmark at Extreme preset or when playing Crysis 3 with everything maxed, It will run anywhere from 20 seconds to a few minutes before the screen goes blank and the following message appears in the balloon pop up in the task bar.

"Display driver stopped responding and has recovered: Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernal Mode Driver, Version 314.07 stopped responding and has successfully recovered."

I have tried everything:

Re-seating the graphics cards.
Trying a different SLI bridge.
Disabling SLI
Turning the Power limit back to 100%
Reinstalling Nvidia drivers.
Making sure everything is up to date.

This is my first Nvidia card setup as i was using a HD6970 before. So I'm not sure what is and isn't common with Nvidia drivers.
Both cards seem stable when monitoring Afterburner, they boost to around 1228Mhz which i don't think is an issue since i can run Anno 2070/Far cry 3 at that speed perfectly for hours, and temps dont exceed 68 Celsius.

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate x64
8GB DDR3 1600Mhz
2700K @ 4.6Ghz
Asus Maximus 4 Extreme

Does anybody have any suggestions?
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I get that while OC'ing.

Drivers crashing means your OC' is unstable.

You need to give you card a bump more voltage, then it will be stable.

From the sounds of it you can't give it any more voltage. I had that same problem too where it would crash at some benchmarks due to GPU stability, and I could not give it any more voltage. I just left my overclock "as-is" for games, and turned it down a tiny bit for benchmarking. I know, that is not a very good solution....but it was the best I could come up with. (because I had the problem where my OC was stable for games but not for benching without crashing the driver)

If anyone else has a better solution please let me know too. I am in the same boat.

X-D
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 2/27/13 at 2:15pm
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Thanks for the feedback.

I had actually just thought about and tried reducing the OC on the card before i read your post.
I came to that conclusion while reading a useful article on the Nvidia forum about TDR errors, which is essential the crash report you get on the Nvidia drivers.

The MSI 670 PE comes in two varietys, the stock configuration and their OC version.
I have two of the OC versions so the base core clock is at 1019Mhz, the one card boosts to 1215Mhz and the other 1228Mhz.

When i reduced the core clock down by 104Mhz to match the speed of the normal non-OC edition, the driver did not crash.

So tomorrow I'll take each card out and test them separately at OC and non OC clocks.
If it turns out that the one is the issue I'll look into a RMA, but I'll try more testing with things such as Crysis 3 since that normally crashes the drivers within a few minutes.
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