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need input on whether or not to rma card

Poll Results: should i rma the card now even through it may not appear messed up when they get it?

 
  • 75% (3)
    heck yea, rma it now before it kills someone!!
  • 25% (1)
    dont do it, give it another chance to be all it can be.
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post #1 of 2
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k, one of my 8800s acted up the night before last. the card has already been rma'ed once, but that was for a different problem (the smoke escaped and they had to refill it )

(can see the rma info here...http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/2696...e-leadtek.html)

anyways...the card was throwing up artifacts all over the place, both in windows and while booting. once i got into windows you couldnt see enough to do anything. i ended up setting the other card as the primary so i could boot and try diffrerent monitors/driver reinstall/etc, none of which helped. i also reset the cmos, but that didnt help either. everything was running at stock speeds

so i got an rma number and when i brought the pc up to uininstall the driver so i could pull the card, everything worked fine. sli works, single card works (with either as the primary), games work, 3d mark scores are good, everything is kosher. i pushed the card pretty hard by running 3dmark a few times, the nvidia blob demo, and the crysis benchies, and everything worked great. no artifacts, no problems, nothing. temps during all of this remained in the low-mid 40's (coolant temp in the mid 30's).

maybe it was a glitch in the video bios, or my mobo bios, who knows. it obviously wasnt the driver since it was throwing a jacked up display even during boot (even the post screen was messed up). since artifacting is often an issue with the vid memory, maybe the issue was caused by the fact i am running 4gb of ram in a 32bit os and the os blocked out the vid memory on that card (just throwing out guesses here)

so, do i rma it now or hold off until it freaks out again? the card has a 3 year warranty so it is warrantied until november of 2009.
    
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phenom ii x6 1100t gigabyte ga990fxa ud5 gigabyte 480gtx gigabyte 480gtx 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
evga 480gtx corsair vengence ddr3 1600 ocz agility 3 sdd ocz agility 3 sdd 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
maxtor hdd asus blu-ray reader/burner xspc ex360 rad (x2)  swiftec mcp655 pump w/bitspower pump kit and v2... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
laing d5 pump w/bitspower pump kit and v2 pump top heatkiller cpu block koolance nv480gtx full vga blocks ek northbridge block 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
lamptron fc5 bitspower 150 black ice reservoir vista ultimate 64 bit asus s248h-p hdmi led 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
acer x183h acer x183h corsair k60 mechanical silverstone strider 1000 silver 
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post #2 of 2
Id say if it was artifacting and the other card didnt then it would be the card at fault not the drivers.
RMA now.
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