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So I just built a new rig, I7 3770k, 32gb Ram, Raid 0 SSDs, etc. Got an MSI GTX 670 2GB. The first one worked great most of the time, but would randomly freeze and crash the computer. Sent it back to Newegg and ran the onboard graphics until the replacement just came in. So far no crashing, but I cannot get games to run well at the settings that worked perfect on the last card. I have not upgraded my monitor yet, so I am only gaming at 1680x1050, but I cannot max Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, or even The Lord of the Rings Online smoothly. I've been turning down settings in Borderlands 2 and have given up because it still isn't playable (laggy enough that it is difficult to aim).

On this last test, task manager shows 35% or so CPU utilization, and both Afterburner and GPUZ show the GPU utilization maxes the instant I start the game, and stays there. GPU memory used stayed around 500mb on the high end, power consumption on GPUZ pretty much stayed in the 40s (don't know if this is average or not). I also noticed the temps stayed around 53 C, and while it is in a decently cooled place, I would expect higher temps with that kind of load supposedly on the GPU.

I don't think this system should bat an eye at running anything absolutely maxxed at 1680x1050, and I am about ready to call newegg about exchanging for a different model.

Any ideas, suggestions, or affirmations that I am not crazy?
Edited by monogoat - 4/2/13 at 6:46pm
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What does AB state the clocks to be? Are they ~1000Mhz like they should be?
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around 1000 boost
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Is it the reference msi 670 or the power edition?
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This one, I believe this is a reference card: MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC
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post #6 of 11
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Just ran Unigine Heaven 4.0 with basic preset, and got this:

FPS:
86.1
Score:
2168
Min FPS:
9.2
Max FPS:
187.8


I don't think that's good, I found a chart on google that placed the 670 over 3000. The benchmark was not smooth at all the whole way through, definitely not representative of an average FPS of 86.
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post #7 of 11
Make sure you have good power supply and you can try it on another PC

also what about temprature ??
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post #8 of 11
i have msi referance card also...i did a basic preset heaven 4 run
FPS:
116.2
Score:
2928
Min FPS:
9.2
Max FPS:
224.8

with 314.22 driver
im no expert so if i had the same problem i'd probably update mobo bios, do a clean windows install etc.
post #9 of 11
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Temp at full benchmark load never goes over 75C. The PSU is an Enermax Revolution85+ 1050W, brand new replacement since my old one was dead coming out of storage (love the 5 year warranty). I would try it on my wife's, but her case is a PITA to get stuff in. At the moment though her I5 3470 & GTX 650 Ti plays games smoother at higher resolution (she's got a 1920x1200 LCD)
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post #10 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sametc1903 View Post

i have msi referance card also...i did a basic preset heaven 4 run
FPS:
116.2
Score:
2928
Min FPS:
9.2
Max FPS:
224.8

with 314.22 driver
im no expert so if i had the same problem i'd probably update mobo bios, do a clean windows install etc.

I REALLY don't want to install Windows again. I've spent days configuring it to my liking. One quick question, did your test appear visually smooth?
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