I have a GTX 780 ACX w/ factory oc to 1097 (IIRC, stock is 100 or so less). Yesterday while playing Tomb Raider, I noticed my FPS drop from 60 to 20. Then suddenly, the screen sort of cone shape swirled black, like an artifact if the core is too high...that's my guess. Sure enough, it crashed and a balloon notification popped up letting me know that Nvidia display driver stopped responding.
I rebooted and upon reboot, I noticed 2 explorer windows that would not activate when clicked. They sort of froze together. Now I'm running an SSD and the system has no weird issues. It typically performs flawlessly, even Firefox w/ it's 40 tabs and 10 extensions...well, ok, Firefox kind of runs less than stellar, lol. After about 10 seconds the windows became usable again.
I have previously played BF3 @ a LAN party @ 50mhz over the factory OC w/ no issues. So I figured I'd call EVGA and see what they had to say. He told me that Tomb Raider was not friendly to Nvidia cards (I think, could have been 700/600 series), especially those w/ a factory overclock. He told me to turn down the clocks and try again.
It sounds possible, but also a little fishy. First off, I was under the assumption that the card should play any game without crashing after artifacting as it's sold...at the factory OC. Secondly, the way it crashed and the odd windows explorers being stuck leads me to believe that possibly the card is dying or not in the best form of health.
Before anyone asks, temps are in the 70's for the GPU.
So what do you guys think? Either way, I'm not going to ask for an RMA unless it happens again and probably only if it happens in another game.