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Been having a problem lately with my Gigabyte GTX 460 768mb - artifacts are appearing when I play WoW and my monitor will turn black for a second, like it is reseting itself. All will then be fine for a few minutes until this cycle repeats.

I first noticed this when I upgraded my 1440x900 native res monitor to a new 27" with 1920x 1080 res. I have since tried the monitor on different systems and haven't had issue with it, so i can rule that out.

Running stability tests on the GPU turn up no artifacting- temps are around 40-50C under load. Underclocking still causes artifacts and blacking out. I keep the ALL-CPU meter gadget up at all times and am getting no spikes on any of the cores when the problems occur. Ram runs at around 70% while gaming.

I have deleted and reinstalled Nvidia drivers (using 260.99)... I am currently gaming at 1440x900 res with graphics on Medium and am STILL getting these artifacts and black outs on the screen. nothing has solved my issue.

SO... I think I might just try a new card and be done with this. What would you recommend? Due to the problems I am currently experiencing, I am leaning towards AMD this time around. 6850? 6870? 5850? I can justify spending as much as $250 on a card

Thanks for the advice!
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I recommend 6870 a lot.
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I was having this issue a few days ago wiht my 4890, during Bad company 2..screen would go black for liek a second then back to normal
I was getting artifacts in Starcraft 2.. but none in benchmarks or any other game.
doing a driver sweep, and fresh driver install fixed it for me.
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fresh install always works
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I've already tried removing the drivers and then reinstalling. The problems I am seeing persist.
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did you use driversweeper to swipe clean the drivers? or did you just unintall and reinstall the driver? uninstall driver, use driver sweeper and swipe clean, safe mode, re install the driver.

if that doesn't work, why don't you send it in for RMA?
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I have two suggestions.

You can go with a GTX 460 1GB MSI HAWK Talon for about 229.00. It's made by MSI who uses military grade components and is the only 460 card that offers 1.4a HDMI and you'll be Blu-ray 3D capable if you ever want to down that road in the future. 1.3 HDMI can play Blu-ray but not 3D. The HAWKS come triple voltage and can OC a bit further is better than 6850 specs. It even has choker caps so it can handle the triple voltage tweak.

Second is a MSI or Sapphire (in that order) AMD 6870. MSI Twin Frozr II card is 269.00 however but made with military grade components qaulity build. If you want qaulity and can find $20 more. Sapphire has nothing but great reviews on their reference cards and is 239.00 and better than the OC GTX 460 Hawks by a bit.

OC the AMD 6870 and you'll supersede even more getting close to an AMD 6950 specs. Plus the reference Sapphire comes with and HDMI 1.4a cable already! Awesome deal for just $10 more than what a 460 Hawk costs.

That's the truth to both choices not being fan boy either.

MSI in my opinion makes qaulity cards. Sapphire has the most happy owners per reference reviews more than any other card. Check it out for yourself.

And btw.....Happy gaming!
     
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Since GPU test do not show anything try memtest86

http://www.memtest86.com/

By buddy has been blaming his Diamond 5870 for BSOD and many other random issues. Turns out one stick or Ram was bad. Worth a try!
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