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Thing is, it was apparently working fine in the last guy's rig..


Here's a screeny, took me 3 crashes to actually catch it lol




If I let it go another half second past that, it stops doing its job
It was working in the last rig it was in, but its not working now?
Odd. If it was your PSU acting up, your entire rig would be feeling it. If it was your board acting up, the problems would have cleared up the moment you moved it to another slot. As they havent, this isnt the case. Regreasing the heatsink has helped some, but its still not working right.

Have you attempted to underclock it yet?
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Actually I just noticed the power draw on those cards is reporting very different.

Both screenshots under full Furmark load

Card 1
185W (1.063V x 174.250A)

Card 2
147W (1.088V x 136.000A)


Not sure what that means or if it's even important.


Haven't underclocked it.
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Actually I just noticed the power draw on those cards is reporting very different.

Both screenshots under full Furmark load

Card 1
185W (1.063V x 174.250A)

Card 2
147W (1.088V x 136.000A)


Not sure what that means or if it's even important.


Haven't underclocked it.
Alright now im stumped. 2 identical cards at identical clocks and similar voltages should be fairly close to each other in terms of power consumption. I just looked at the PCB images again and im not seeing any obvious thermal damage, so some sort of imminent catastrophic electrical failure is out. Are both cards set to the stock bios?
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Previous owner never touched the VBIOS, neither have I. The cards have BIOS switches, I have tried both settings on the problem card with the same result on each.
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Well to be honest at this point, I have no idea whats going on. The faulty card is pulling considerably more current than the good card, its running hotter, and consistently causes the rig to crash.

The only way i think that could happen is a problem with the VRM driver circuits, as the hotter they get the more current they pull, and if they pull too much or get too hot, the protection mechanisms go off.

So the problem is either:
Overheating memory chips (somewhat possible, memory chips running too hot often cause crashes)
Overheating VRM driver circuits (Much more likely, fits available data, and there is definitely a link between VRM/GPU temp and power consumption)
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I'll try to find some pad material tomorrow to rule out memory temps and go from there.

Meanwhile, tower is still crashing on the good card, both on 13.12 and the new beta drivers. I'll test out other games to rule out Borderlands 2 as the cause.
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I'll try to find some pad material tomorrow to rule out memory temps and go from there.

Meanwhile, tower is still crashing on the good card, both on 13.12 and the new beta drivers. I'll test out other games to rule out Borderlands 2 as the cause.
Thats probably borderlands 2. If you crank it up really high (and use Physx in any capacity) it tends to crash a bit. I've had the same things happen to my rig, both with and without Physx. With is simply more common though.
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Doesn't crash in high intensity parts though, which is weird. Almost invariably when I'm at a vending machine, or just strolling around or talking to people
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Okay hate to be the voice of gloom here, did you get these cards used? A lot of miners are dumping cards hard and fast. While some miners where actually very knowledgeable and thus took good care of their hardware, the majority just ran the crap out of stuff with no regards to the care of the hardware, these cards are NOT something I would buy.
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Okay hate to be the voice of gloom here, did you get these cards used? A lot of miners are dumping cards hard and fast. While some miners where actually very knowledgeable and thus took good care of their hardware, the majority just ran the crap out of stuff with no regards to the care of the hardware, these cards are NOT something I would buy.

Well TBH Mining is like a car with highway miles.

You are not really stressing the solder joins that much. If anything a card that was stable enough to mine for long periods of time are some of the better cards you can pick up.
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