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Ok so I have this X800XT. I flashed it to PE like a year ago. Around the same time and several times since I overclocked it to the max until it artifacted and then backed down a bit. But suddenly I am having problems when I try to overclock it to where it used to go. Before it would just artifact a bit... but now when I get around 550ish on the core, the scren just goes black for like 3 seconds and then comes back completely corrupted so bad I can't read anything. The comptuer still works like if I'm lisitening to music it still plays and I can change songs with my keyboard but I can't really see anything.

The only thing that has changed really is my power supply. I went from an ultra 500 watt to an aspire 420 watt, which only has 2 less amps on the 12V (30A total, if you combine dual rails). I checked voltages with my digital multimeter... 12 was 12.5 idle and 12.02 under load. 5V was 5 and did not change. 3V was 3.2 idle and 3.15 under load. Temps for the card are 54C max, but it takes like 5 minutes to get there. Usually it's around 48C.

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post #2 of 14
Well it shouldnt be the PSU im wondering if the Cooler just isnt sufficient anymore..You may need to replace the thermal compound between the GPU and heatsink also.
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Well it shouldnt be the PSU im wondering if the Cooler just isnt sufficient anymore..You may need to replace the thermal compound between the GPU and heatsink also.
I did actually do that just recently but I'm not sure my memory heatspreader for the back is actually touching all the chips. It always seems to get bent up somehow since the metal is so soft. Do you think maybe having one memory chip not touching could cause this problem? The real XTPE runs without any sort of memory cooling...
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Well real xtpe are designed to operate at that speed that is why they do not need any sort of cooling,

Also if it just artifacting when you up the core clock then it is not being cooled enough
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Well real xtpe are designed to operate at that speed that is why they do not need any sort of cooling,

Also if it just artifacting when you up the core clock then it is not being cooled enough
Really? I thought I had the same core and memory as the XTPE...
Anyway the real problem is not the artifacting, it's the part where my screen goes black and comes back totally corrupted. It didn't to do that before but it does it now whenever I try to overclock it. As it stands now I can't even overclock it to the point where it artifacts because it just does that black screen thing.
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I think you may have damaged the card if it is doing that, I have my gto just past xtpe speeds and it is fine mind you I have'nt flashed it
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I think you may have damaged the card if it is doing that, I have my gto just past xtpe speeds and it is fine mind you I have'nt flashed it
Well... you have a better core (110nm vs my 130nm). Also... I think damaging it may have been a possibility. When I had it in a crapy via board (K8M800) I set the fsb to 220 and I'm not sure if it had agp locks. If it didn't... that would be 72.3 mhz on the agp for like two days. Anyway after problems I set it back and that's around the same time these problems started. Also I'm thinking of doing a pencil mod. Think that would help?
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Im not sure about the pencil mod, but 72 is not that much over 66, unless you had the voltage up aswell
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Im not sure about the pencil mod, but 72 is not that much over 66, unless you had the voltage up aswell
No it's not a whole lot... but who knows. It obviously did something because that was around the same time these problems cropped up. Also the pencil mod seems pretty safe... I'm just not sure if it would help at all.
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Ok, the card is not damaged. I contacted viper john () and he said that you can't damage cards by turning up the agp speed. So I'm thinking that one of my memory chips is not making good contact with that crappy bent up cooler. What I was thinking of was taking the cooler off and puting zalman ramsinks on instead. But then I would have to use spacers of some sort to hold the other side of the cooler on.... oh well I'll figure it out.
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