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I've been getting huge problems trying to play BF4 and CoD:Ghosts but some games such as Crysis and FIFA14 have been working fine. Decided to run Heaven last night to see what happens and this is what I got:

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The card is completely stock so I guess there is no problem coming from a bad OC mad.gif

Also, I'm running a completely fresh install of Windows 7 and using 331.65 drivers.
post #2 of 8
First thing I would try is swapping the interface cable since it's the cheapest (and you might even have a spare laying around). Maybe it's just coincidence that a couple titles played fine but BF4 didn't.

Then I'd would borrow a monitor and check again.

In the meantime, pull the video card out and make sure to give it a thorough cleaning to remove any dust or dirt buildup.

What gpu temps are you seeing when you get the corruption?

If all of that checks out ok, you could use a 3rd party utility like eVGA PrecisionX to "underclock" your gpu / memory speeds and see if that reduces or eliminates the problem.

If underclocking seems to fix the issue, then it looks like you've got a video card that's fixing to go on the blink (assuming that it isn't overheating).
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It does the same on both of my monitors using DVI and my TV using HDMI.

The card is clean, I took it out and cleaned it before putting it back this afternoon.

Maximum temps after running Heaven benchmark was 61c

Now onto the part that seems to fix the issue. I underclocked the core first of all and that made no difference. Then I underclocked the memory and after running Heaven again there were no weird shapes or anything on the screen, Seems that the memory is the problem?

EDIT: BF4 and CoD:Ghosts are both still a complete mess with both the core and memory underclocked.
Edited by GJF47 - 11/14/13 at 1:45pm
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Assuming that there isn't a problem going on with your PCIe slot or the power supply, then your trouble shooting to this point would indicate a problem with memory on the card.

As a last trouble shooting step, have you tried the card in another PCIe slot?

Have you measure the psu voltage rails under load to ensure they are operating at spec? Load up a GPU benchmark program, start it, grab a digital multimeter and measure the voltage output on one of your spare PCIe power plugs.
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I've tried the card in another slot with the same results. I haven't measured the PSU voltage as I don't have the equipment.

Just tried the Valley benchmark and this is what I got:




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You might consider using a 3rd party utility such as eVGA PrecisionX or MSI Afterburner to bump your voltages a bit. That can help overcome 'aging" issues sometimes. You may even need to combine a memory under-clock with some voltage tweaking to completely alleviate your issues.

I noticed that you mentioned a fresh install of Windows 7 and updating to the 331.65 drivers. Have you tried any of the previous GeForce drivers? I know that 331.65 have been hit and miss with some folks, so you might consider test driving the 331.58 and 327.23 drivers and see if that helps at all.

I know that neither of those are supposedly "optimized" for BF4, but I've ran both of them on my GTX 670 SLi setup playing BF4. The 331.58 ran without issue. The 327.23 ran great except for an infrequent crash in BF4 every now and then.

I'm currently running the 331.65 release - just because they are the latest. I've only crashed once since updating, but performance wise they don't seem to be any better than the previous 2 releases.

Remember, that if you decide to try 327.23, BF4 will give you a "warning" that you're not running a compatible driver. Safe to ignore.
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Definitely not a monitor issue because he is taking a screenshot directly off the framebuffer of the card and it shows artifacts.

Honestly the pics above look like a bad/failing card. I would recommend replacing it. You can contact our support or send me a PM if you need to set it up.
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Originally Posted by wevsspot View Post

You might consider using a 3rd party utility such as eVGA PrecisionX or MSI Afterburner to bump your voltages a bit. That can help overcome 'aging" issues sometimes. You may even need to combine a memory under-clock with some voltage tweaking to completely alleviate your issues.

I noticed that you mentioned a fresh install of Windows 7 and updating to the 331.65 drivers. Have you tried any of the previous GeForce drivers? I know that 331.65 have been hit and miss with some folks, so you might consider test driving the 331.58 and 327.23 drivers and see if that helps at all.

I know that neither of those are supposedly "optimized" for BF4, but I've ran both of them on my GTX 670 SLi setup playing BF4. The 331.58 ran without issue. The 327.23 ran great except for an infrequent crash in BF4 every now and then.

I'm currently running the 331.65 release - just because they are the latest. I've only crashed once since updating, but performance wise they don't seem to be any better than the previous 2 releases.

Remember, that if you decide to try 327.23, BF4 will give you a "warning" that you're not running a compatible driver. Safe to ignore.

I've tried a few different drivers. Before the fresh install of Windows 7, I was running Windows 8 and it was doing the same thing with different drivers on that too.

I've also tried the voltage thing, along with underclocking as much as possible but it stays the same.

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Originally Posted by EVGA-JacobF View Post

Definitely not a monitor issue because he is taking a screenshot directly off the framebuffer of the card and it shows artifacts.

Honestly the pics above look like a bad/failing card. I would recommend replacing it. You can contact our support or send me a PM if you need to set it up.

Thank you. I've already started the process with a message to Tech Support after seeing another thread on the EVGA forums with exactly the same issue. The problem was resolved when he exchanged the card.

Do you have any idea how long the RMA process takes in the UK? I don't have onboard graphics so I'll be without my computer while the card is being replaced sad-smiley-002.gif
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