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gtx670 help - just when i thought i had it all figured out

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So all of the sudden my card is throttling...

I've had my card running 1280/3450 for several months now. It's been stable since I dialed in these clocks months ago. Now all of the sudden it's throttling.

Previously, when I would run BF3 it was pegged at 1280 core but now it seems to be hopping around to 1253 and such.

I noticed just now that playing need for speed that my power % is hitting 135% which I assume is why it is throttling. The problem is it never did this before. The max power target I can set in precision is 122% and it never went above that but now it is going higher and I don't understand why. Temps never go above 50c.

I just noticed it tonight but the only things i've done is add another case fan and reseat my cpu block.

Any idea why all of the sudden its using more power? I don't get it.
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First, yes once your card reach the "max" power limit that you set before, your card will throttle even your temperature is fine...like mine does. always throttle once I reach 110 - 113% (my max power limit is only 114%), and my temperature is below 70C.

Second, it could be a driver. I've seen that once I updated my driver, my card temperature and power usage is increase...maybe because the new driver is "push" your card more than the previous driver.

The solution is maybe you must increase your power limit, OR reduce your offset.
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Eh, modded my bios to allow 150% power and all is well again.
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Samsung 830 256GB Samsung 840 500GB XSPC Raystorm / RX240 / UT60 / D5 W7 Home Premium 64 
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