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Alright, So I'm going to be honest. I just joined for the sake of this one post. But I do feel like posting more often. I been looking around for two hours so far about the GTX 460 and anything relating to an issue I've been having.

So far, I've had this card since the summer. When I first obtained the card it would crash within the first 15 minutes. After RMA'ing it the first time and never sending it back. I let it sit in a box in my closet for a few months before I forget that I even RMA'd it. After putting the card in there a second time forgetting that it's broken. It showed more promise and lasted a few more hours then I could last remember.

Just recently, I yet again re-seated it in my rig for the third time. However it's been weird because the card has been lasting the last week and a half. When I first went online to search up a reason for why my card was giving me issues. One of the theories I read about was the fact Windows 7 64-Bit was giving issues with the Driver. After updating to the more recent drivers after the new placement. The card is working fine.

However, Just when I started to play Crysis 2 a few hours ago the card would crash or blank out for 3-5 seconds before resuming the game. Only this time it would lag terribly until it stables out yet again. Only when I look down at my G15 keyboard, I notice that my temps now say 0C. As if the card was no longer being detected.

I'm using one 6-Pin connector and a 6-Pin+2 (The one with the 2 extra side pins that can be moved out of the way). At first when I had these issues, I was using an adapter for the 4-pin connectors. Then this.

Would increasing the voltages help out in any way? I was thinking that it could do some kind of difference, but I wasn't sure exactly how much I could increase it by. Do I downclock to make sure first? Or would increasing voltages help out slightly?

During benchmarks with Furmark and MSI Afterburner/Kombuster it would crash anywhere between 5-30 minutes of testing. The computer would either lock up, Or the screen turns black and my monitor then goes into sleep mode.

/tl;dr : Should I RMA and send back a 460 GTX that's giving me blank screens and random crashes? Or raise the voltages and hope **** works?
Edited by Mastaz - 3/30/11 at 2:43am
    
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The easier fix would be to RMA the card and receive a "newer" card.

Also, if we could see what your rig actually is it would also help immensely since we would have an idea what your currently running. The reason i ask is it could also be a PSU problem with the PSU starting to reach it's max when ever you start stressing your system.

Can you also give us information if you're running your CPU stock, etc.?
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Yeah, Sorry for not mentioning the rig.

My system is as follows :

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940
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GPU:GIGABYTE 460 GTX 1GB

Excuse some of the cheap parts. I was a budget gamer the last year and a half, Just got my hands on some cash and decided to upgrade my CPU and GPU from my old Dual AM2+ Slot and my old 8800GT.
    
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Edit 1: Just to make things clear, My computer never crashes when I play Leagues of Legend or Counter Strike. Just Crysis 2 so far. The game has been pretty buggy. At first when I started to see issues in other games, I simply just upgraded to beta drivers and everything was fine again. Any ideas?
    
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Have you tried checking out he CRYSIS 2 threads around here? There have been reported bugs on the game but yours is the first I've heard where the card blacks out.

Also, no worries on having what you deem as low cost parts. Here at OCN all PC's rock specially when you OC them to bits!

One last thing your PSU is definitely good enough (a slight overkill if you ask me) for your system, it's actually future proof for your planned upgrades!

If all else fails I say RMA the Gigabyte card, nothing lost (well a little bit of time) everything gained my friend!
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Some of the Crysis 2 thread seemed similar. But when I compare them to mines, I don't remember anything about the actual card crashing to the point where if it even restores back windows it will just say "NVIDIA DRIVERS HAVE STOPPED WORKING" or something of the sort.

What makes this easier to monitor is the EVGA Precision tool that also runs on my G15. So I can always see my temps while I'm still in game without having to Alt+Tab out. It usually stands at a solid 50 when at the hot areas of the game while running a low 40 when there's just the scenery around with the little "Crashes" of buildings every now and then from those alien ships.

It's just weird, The last issue I had was when I was playing League of Legends. I just upgraded to the new Beta drivers (270 March 30th) and I noticed my game was crashing a lot more often. Eventually it insta-froze with artifacts all over the top part of the screen. Though I didn't restart the computer after doing a fresh install of the drivers. Once I did restart the computer, The game wasn't really glitching at that part. On stress tests the GPU did crash. But it's just that one that gives it an issue.

I'll try RMA'ing it and see what I can do. It takes about a day or two to receive the RMA from GIGABYTE. They are a nice company. Though it seems half their stuff are broken out the box. @.@
    
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I see you listed your gear, but if you're going to participate in OCN in teh future you should fill in your system specs in the User CP so your rig shows up at the bottom of every post, like everyone elses does

Is your CPU at stock clocks/bios at default settings? I'm guessing it is, but if not, I would reset everything to defaults just to eliminate the possibility that this is the issue.

I would try bumping up the voltage a bit. You can use MSI Afterburner to do this. After installing it you have to go into settings and choose to unlock the two voltage-related settings.

After you do this, take a look at what the voltage says at the top of the screen on the left side ... this is your 'Stock VID'. I would take and add like 50mV to that. So if you are currently at 1000mV, bump it to 1050mV. See if that fixes the issue.

If it doesn't, I'd probably RMA the card.

If it does, I'd keep dropping the voltage by 12.5mV jumps until you find the lowest voltage at which the card is totally stable (e.g. you would try it at 1050, 1038, 1025, 1013, 1000mV ... if your stock VID was at 1000mV)
    
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post #8 of 14
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Thanks for the heads up! I already updated the system information in the CP. And as for the Voltages. I tried raising them. What would you consider too high? Especially if I'm running stock speeds?

So far everything is stock except for the fan speed which I've cranked to 100% 24/7. Right now I've set my Core Voltage (mV) to a flat 1k from the initial 970's range.

I want to try putting it just a bit higher but with the raising fear of my card exploding, I'd like to hear beforehand.
    
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The stock max is 1.087v so you should be fine even if you bump it up higher. It's also the limit you can push the voltage in MSI afterburner so it should be fine.

Try and increase it from 1.000v to about to 1.025v~1.050v and then run games and benches. Make sure you run your fan at 100% and then come back with the results.

To give you peace of mind I run my card at 1.087v 24/7 at 900/1800/4200 (2100 in afterburner) and haven't had any issues whatsoever. I do run my fans at 100% so keep that in mind.
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 3/30/11 at 11:59pm
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post #10 of 14
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Just did a voltage stress test with my clock speeds. Card finally had the longest artifacting spree ever. Whole screen turned yellow. Would display League of Legends for 1 second before blanking out to the black screen. Where then a Ctrl+Alt+Delete would bring it out of that state only for it to crash once more. Desktop was still displayable. Temps were in the mid 40's.

Just gonna RMA the card back. Raged at how lucky I get with my short lifespan. Hopefully a week or two won't be that long right? I'm going to miss being able to play Crysis 2 for a while. Then again, it's probably the only game I been playing lately besides free to play stuff. @.@
    
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