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Hey video card experts! I need your help once again.


I purchased a GTX 580 from EVGA when the cards came out in November. I played mostly WoW/BO/SC2. The card worked fine until about a month in when I started getting artifact errors.. lots of them. EVGA support was awesome and I RMA'd it ($40 shipping frown.gif) and got a new one about a month ago.

It has worked, again, for about a month. The artifact errors just began once again. I ran the EVGA OC Scanner and instantly got thousands and thousands of artifacts on the count. I spent about an hour on the phone with support and I trust I'll likely have to RMA this one back as well.

My question to you guys...

See my sig rig. Everything is current with the exception of one of the 580s. At this point in time, I've been using only a single 580 to help diagnose everything. The other 580 was returned and I planned on buying it again once I got this all sorted out.

So, I was wondering, is there some kind of voltage setting somewhere that is burning out these cards? Keep in mind that I do not OC my GPU at all. Nothing. They come very slightly overclocked by EVGA, but I do not touch them beyond that. My temperatures are absolutely fine and do not really go above 55C while playing WoW-- I monitor them all of the time. Is there something of mine that could be doing this? I suspected the PSU, but I had no other issues with it... I also found that when I used my old 4850 in place of the 580 (while the first was RMA'd) I had absolutely zero issues. Old faithful, that card is.

Desperate frown.gif.

Thanks
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I am 99% sure that your PSU is not the issue in this case and it sure as heck is more than sufficient for your current setup. You most likely have just been unlucky in those instances when the card would begin to artifact as your temperatures sound great. Hope you have better luck on your replacement card; don't get discouraged.
    
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post #3 of 19
Sounds like you've just been unlucky. It happens.

On a slightly OT note though...
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Originally Posted by Plex;12017331 

I purchased a GTX 580 from EVGA when the cards came out in November. I played mostly WoW/BO/SC2.

SLI 580s for those games? Overkill much? biggrin.gif
post #4 of 19
2 comments:

1. Did the 2 problematic GTX580s sit in the same PCIex16 slot in the mobo?
(I am not hinting at a faulty slot yet)

2. For the PSU, Corsair recommends using 2 fixed PCIe cables to one card and then 2 modular PCIe cables to the other card (ie do not mix fixed and modular cables for the same card). This probably has nothing to do with it but it should still be a better practice.

See diagram 1 below for Corsair's rail layout.
See diagram 2 below as an example of GTX480 SLI (substitute your 580s for the 480s).
Diagram 3 is NOT recommended by Corsair.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Booty Warrior;12017417 
Sounds like you've just been unlucky. It happens.

On a slightly OT note though...


SLI 580s for those games? Overkill much? biggrin.gif

I fold tongue.gif.

Just not recently.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by windfire;12017490 
2 comments:

1. Did the 2 problematic GTX580s sit in the same PCIex16 slot in the mobo?
(I am not hinting at a faulty slot yet)

2. For the PSU, Corsair recommends using 2 fixed PCIe cables to one card and then 2 modular PCIe cables to the other card (ie do not mix fixed and modular cables for the same card). This probably has nothing to do with it but it should still be a better practice.

See diagram 1 below for Corsair's rail layout.
See diagram 2 below as an example of GTX480 SLI (substitute your 580s for the 480s).
Diagram 3 is NOT recommended by Corsair.

Thanks for your comments smile.gif.

It's my fault for not being very clear in the OP.

I have been using a single 580 for the last couple of months. The problem occurred (twice) while not in any kind of SLI.

Thanks <3
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Guess I have to RMA frown.gif.
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Do you have another motherboard you could try the card on? a friends comp maybe?
post #9 of 19
Underclock the card to vanilla speeds, see if the artifacts stop.

Sounds to me like maybe evga is a little to aggressive with SC cards, I've heard they don't bin them any more.
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Well, I'm letting it fold at 100% until I have to take it out and send it on Monday. Might as well beat it up a little for a good cause wink.gif.
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