Originally Posted by Masked
The point actually is that most people, after rolling back, are now experiencing 3-4x the issues then they were prior to installing the driver, at all.
That's a clear identifier that there's permanent damage.
If you're STILL experiencing issues with a fresh OS/driver install and the ONLY variable in the entire equation was 320.18 then, it's reasonably conclusive that 320.18 is actually damaging the cards.
A read through Guru 3D points out over 10 users with direct voltage/heat issues with the cards spiking regularly while nothing was loaded, several did a complete re-install and are now artifacting, for the first time, ever -- That identifies a serious problem.
The same is true of [H] and Tom's -- If you had actually READ the threads posted there, you would have seen that the issues persist after a roll-back/full install -- IMO, that reeks of a corrupted card...Add on the heat issues...You have a recipe for at least 6 ways a card can go down.
Regardless of your opinion on other user's abilities/experiences -- Those issues are just as legitimate as anyone else's...The fact that you so easily dismiss them because they're inexperienced shows how green you actually are. -- Every problem, no matter how stupid, is actually worth looking at...Especially when the Nvidia forums are FLOODED with claims of destroyed cards -- Particularly Fermis.
If people don't troubleshoot properly then how is anyone supposed to take their claims seriously? You don't just take random peoples heresay as solid evidence on a first encounter without anything to back it up. If they have though, that's another thing entirely.
But rolling back with a clean install is the first step and if still having issues like artifacting and BSODs with default settings then of course it definitely points to possible damage. But again, without a culprit or direction to look in for what caused the damage then it's hard to make the claim.
I read several and just saw people making claims without any real troubleshooting. Sorry but I don't just believe everything every person writes on the Internet.
If people are going to blame heat fair enough. If they are going to blame power or voltage fair enough. Interested which one and why people think its doing it. Makes sense it's the older fermi cards being most effected by it.