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Hey guys, OK so Ive had my 2 cards for about a week now and I seem to be getting artifacts on most of my games now that I have SLI enabled. I tested each card and they were both stable at 738/1728/900 and didnt artifact. I cant tell if its a driver issue or something. Also when i do 3DMark 06, i get little or no improvement on my scores. The last 2 times, the test has failed because of the artifacts. I have also tried the gpus both at stock with the same problem.

Does anyone know what could be causing this and also what the best driver is for 8800GT SLI.
    
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Overclocking is causing this to happen. Sli will not overclock the same as each individual card even though theve been seperatly tested indivualy. Thats just how it goes.

Latest drivers are always the best. Rma them maybe they will give you 9800GTX if complain enough.

Ive had this happen with previous SLI setups.

Sounds to me like bad memory.
    
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Hmm are you sure its bad memory. I havnt overclocked my ram on the cards. I have both cards running stock and with SLI enabled i artifact, with it off and i use the newer card, there are no artifacts. When i run the other card at stock with sli disabled i get no artifacts. This makes me think it is some kind of driver issue or something related to SLI.

Neither of the cards do any artifacting unless they are clocked too high. With SLI on, they have lots of problems in TR:Underworld and i cant complete a 3dmark 06 because of the glitches. Ive just updated to 180.48 drivers, could that be the problem?
    
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180.48 and 8 series cards in SLi don't mix. Either go to older drivers or test some betas.
    
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Ok, thanks for that, ive finally manage to rid myself of 180 drivers. What would you suggest as some good drivers for my setup? Im currently running 175.16.

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I've been having trouble with 180.48 to.Random freezing and artifacts.I guess I need to go back to earlier drivers since I don't plan on running dual monitors anyway
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I've been having trouble with 180.48 to.Random freezing and artifacts.I guess I need to go back to earlier drivers since I don't plan on running dual monitors anyway
Yeah i was having the same issues. What version are you reverting to? These 175's are horrid. It artifacts and the screen flickers when opening 3DMark

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I've seen some 8 series owners having luck with the 180.60 drivers.
    
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Looks like it is in fact my older card. It artifacts instantly on almost any 3D app. Which kinda sucks, Ive sent an RMA form to Overclockers and Im hoping Zotac accept cards which have had aftermarket coolers attached. Can anyone confirm that?

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Looks like it is in fact my older card. It artifacts instantly on almost any 3D app. Which kinda sucks, Ive sent an RMA form to Overclockers and Im hoping Zotac accept cards which have had aftermarket coolers attached. Can anyone confirm that?

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I believe you need the stock cooler with it to send it back in for an RMA. If you have the aftermarket cooler , they won't take it I believe.
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