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Nvidia GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP question (New Build)

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Hello ALL!

Thanks to anyone taking the time to read this and I just want to start off by apologizing ahead of time on the strong possibility that I may be posting this thread in the wrong area. If this is the case, then I encourage any guidance as to what I should do next time and would also encourage a moderator to move the thread to its proper placement.

Although, I'am new to the forum here as of a few minutes ago, I am not new to the website, as I use it for much needed insight on a regular basis. smile.gif

I am the definition of a "newb" to the PC building community as I have just finished with my first gaming PC build ever about a week ago. After 6 months of research, a slight case of OCD, and a kick in my nuzz to my bank account, I built a rig that I am happy with.

I apologize for the intro but my question is in regards to my gpu. I have a GTX 680 TOP card that I ordered from amazon. After some research, I decided that I would put the card through some stability test now that I have installed all the latest drivers from the nvidia website directly and optimized the rest of my PC. After some more research, I then decided to start out with the well known Unigine Heaven 4.0 software and run some circles with that. Installation was smooth and I fired it up.

I didn't change any of the settings for the card as I figured I'd see how it did from the factory already being overclocked to 1201 MHz. In other words, kept the default settings in GPUTweak for this test which are:

GPU Settings
GPU Boost Clock = 1201MHz
Min. GPU Voltage = 987mV
Memory Clock = 6008 MHz
Fan Speed on Auto starting at 20%
Power Target 100%

OS: Windows 8 64 bit
MOBO: ASUS Maximus V Extreme
CPU: I7-3770k (Ivy Bridge)
PSU: Corsair 860i
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II
RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum ddr3-2133
Cooler: Corsair 110

Before it ran through the Unigine Heaven cycle one time the screen went black. The music continued to play through my headset in the background, but I couldn't do anything. Then the toolbar from my desktop popped up and I could see my mouse cursor only on the toolbar. I did the typical control/alt/delete and signed off. it went to my log in screen and everything seemed back to normal.

I thought there may have been a software issue so I unistalled Unigine Heaven and reinstalled. I then turned my fan speed up to full, and re-ran Heaven. Same result. My GPU never reached more than 63 degrees Celsius.thinking.gif

Do I have a bad card? Is this a typical crash? Is this a Windows 8 compatability thing? Is this a newb thing? I'd hate to have to send this card back over stupidity on my part. Someone PLEASE HELP! sadsmiley.gif
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Does anyone have insight? Many views but no replies??worriedsmiley.gif
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I have the exact same card and had the same problem with Far Cry 3. It loaded then crashed before it got to the menu.

I found out that it was a software problem as I somehow installed the older version of the Ubisoft engine (which came with the bloody CD).

If your computer isn't crashing in any other game or benchmark test then I believe it is a problem with the software.
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