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Warning: Do not try multiple versions of Rivatuner at the same time.. (eVGA Precision, MSI Afterburner, etc..)

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I just want to make sure that other people do not make the same mistake that I made, and damage their videocards while overclocking. I tried MSI Afterburner, eVGA Precision, and Asus GPU Tweak at the same time, instead of uninstalling each program and trying them one at a time. When I increased the voltage and frequency using each program, the settings stacked, instead of changing to the desired voltages and speed.

Now, even though my GPU temp maxes out at 40C, my maximum stable overclock is only 1025MHz. Before trying all 3 versions of Rivatuner at the same time, my 560 Ti was perfectly stable at 1100MHz (heatsinked VRM's and voltage controller, Apogee CPU waterblock). I'm not exactly sure what was damaged, but increasing the voltage and frequency with all 3 versions of Rivatuner at once definitely caused the issue.

I hope that this help to keep others from damaging their cards!
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That's probably what happened to my 660

I had MSI and riva tuner and precision x .
I just started to see artifacts and when running the oc scanner the whole scree. Locks up and restarts then after it booted. I see pink squares lol.

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Running 3 programs at the same time did not damage your card...
Settings didn't stack thats ridicolous.
It used settings from the program in which you last press "apply" or from the program which last started when windows starts, if you didnt press apply anywhere

Something alse is up with your card
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According to this warning message in each program (http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/4983/votage.png), accessing the voltage controller with multiple programs can be dangerous. When I increased the voltage with each program back to back, 3D apps crashed immediately. Everything worked fine before I increased the voltage using all 3 programs at once. After uninstalling, restarting, and returning to using just one version, my card was not stable at any clock speed above 1025MHz. That's a far cry from the 1100MHz clock speed that I was using.

That being said though, I was using the original, buggy version of Asus GPU Tweak that was only available to owners of non-reference Asus GTX 580's. But my voltage showed up correctly, so I assumed that it was the combination of using all 3. The beta of GPU Tweak could've indeed been the problem, I'm just not sure. But something definitely went severely wrong when using all 3 versions of Rivatuner, so I just figured that I would warn others.

Maybe someone can try using multiple versions to slightly increase their voltage and then measure the actual voltage using a multimeter. I'm in the process of switching to a new case, and I need to CLR my radiators before I finish, so I can't do it at the moment. I'll do that asap though...
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