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Guys, I'm in some major poo right now. This past week I RMA'ed my GTX 480 because of all the artifacts that were showing up while playing games like Bad Company 2 and whatnot. I went through with it because I saw that my GTX 260 wasn't having any of those problems when it was in the main slot, therefore I assumed it was on the video card.

That could the mistake I made right there, because now my second 480 is showing up with artifacts as well. I never tested the first 480 in my second slot because I figured it would artifact no matter what if it was on the slot. But maybe it's different because of how much more powerful the GTX 480 is compared to the 260? I don't know, but I'm about to throw my new 480 in the second slot anyway.

Also, I've though about looking into OC'ing my PCI-E slot to see if that would help. What do you guys think about that?

Any and all help is much appreciated.
Edited by TheRockMonsi - 1/29/11 at 5:35pm
 
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Guys, I'm in some major poo right now. This past week I RMA'ed my GTX 480 because of all the artifacts that were showing up while playing games like Bad Company 2 and whatnot.
Okay
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I went through with it because I saw that my GTX 260 wasn't having any of those problems when it was in the main slot, therefore I assumed it was on the video card.
A safe assumption

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maybe it's different because of how much more powerful the GTX 480 is compared to the 260?
False

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Also, I've though about looking into OC'ing my PCI-E slot to see if that would help. What do you guys think about that?
You have nothing to gain by doing this.

Also, you really haven't clearly established the problem here..
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Sorry, my second 480 is having artifacts show up as well. That's the problem. I'll update the OP. Thanks for catching that.
 
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post #4 of 11
You could give it a shot in the second slot, but I'd tell you with 99.5% certainty that you'll get the same artifacting. It's not that uncommon to receive an RMA replacement that's just as defective as the card you sent in..

Is this through Gigabyte?
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No, this is actually through Newegg. Should I consider RMA'ing through GIGABYTE though?
 
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post #6 of 11
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Well, I switched slots on it, and there are still artifacts, so for sure it's on the GTX 480...again. I'm going to talk to GIGABYTE about this, because this is ridiculous. One RMA is bad enough, but two?! Something can't be right here, maybe it's the card's voltage not being set right? I'll find out for sure...
 
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post #7 of 11
1. PCI-E slot on mobo may be defective
2. PCI-E power plug on PSU is defective (try another one)
3. Whole PSU may be defective (i.e. a 12V rail)
4. Check the PCI-E clock (make sure it is at 100-101Mhz and nowhere else)
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1. PCI-E slot on mobo may be defective
2. PCI-E power plug on PSU is defective (try another one)
3. Whole PSU may be defective (i.e. a 12V rail)
4. Check the PCI-E clock (make sure it is at 100-101Mhz and nowhere else)
Thanks for your help xd, but I've tried different PCI-E plugs and I still get artifacting. I'm sure everything else is fine - and that's mainly because while my 480 has been artifacting this whole time, I never considered that the stock voltage might not be set correctly.

After looking at a few reviews, it shows that their voltages are around 1.06v - mine was at 1.05v. I just tried 1.075v and got 25 errors on 6 minutes of OCCT testing - whereas originally I was getting 16k errors on this card with 1.05v. I'm going to up the voltage just a bit more and see if I can get this stable finally.

Also, I've contacted GIGABYTE about my problems and have asked them if there's a single stock voltage that all these cards come at and what it is.
 
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post #9 of 11
Have you tried it in another system?
Might just be a really unlucky case of two DOA 480s in a row.
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I'm going to ask a fellow co-worker of mine if his system can handle this power hungry thing on Monday. I know he has an HD 4870, don't know how much that consumes. I'll ask about his PSU however, and find out for sure.
 
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