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Background:
  • Core is clocked @ 885 from 797 stock
  • Mem is not overclocked
  • Overvolted the smallest amount possible for a few hours then chicken out and ran it at stock volts - basically it's always been running at stock volts
  • Temps reach around 85. Max I've seen it is 91C - I know this is high

Symptoms:

I noticed my monitor flickering a bit while in Windows in the past few days and I ignored it.

I had installed 314.07 for several days before that and it seemed fine up to that point. A few days ago after playing Crysis 3 for an hour (temps reached about 90C) I noticed that the screen turned black, even though I could hear the audio quite fine.

I reset the computer and it didn't turn on. I turned it back on again and it didn't turn on. I reset it again, waited 5 minutes and it went into Windows Recovery mode while flickering like crazy while in Windows. This flickering has never happened before.

I tried all sorts of drivers from 275's, 280s, 306, etc, and it still flickered. It's not a constant flicker, it runs fine for 5-10 minutes then spazzes out a little, then starts frantically flickering for a bit then stopping.

I switched my 580 for a 280 and the 280 worked perfectly fine.

So I narrowed it down to the 580 and now I'm thinking there must be some funky driver issue but a few minutes ago the screen still flickered again when I was in the BIOS screen! It can't be drivers or a corrupt OS because I'm in the BIOS, so there's clearly an issue with the 580, right? Is it dying?
 

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It certainly sounds like it is on its way out. Are you the original owner? If so it should have some warranty left right? Just send it in to EVGA and have them take care of it.
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Do the easiest trouble shooting step first - try a different cable. If the flickering continues, I'd be weary of the card. Even on air, those temps are tough. Use Precision or Afterburner and have your fan run higher when gaming if you go with a warranty replacement.

My 680 hits the high 80's when benching on auto-fan. 50's-60's with my fan profile selected.
 

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Yes, I'm the original owner.

I've pretty much narrowed it down to the 580 because the 280 works fine and the 580 flickered in the BIOS, so it can't be an OS or driver issue at this point.

I don't know what what could have caused this, I'm guessing it's the high temps. This card has run 99.99999% of it's life at stock volts, and even when it was over-volted, it was the tiniest bump and I ran it for less than an hour before going back to stock.

What's everyone else think?
 

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Do the easiest trouble shooting step first - try a different cable. If the flickering continues, I'd be weary of the card. Even on air, those temps are tough. Use Precision or Afterburner and have your fan run higher when gaming if you go with a warranty replacement.

My 680 hits the high 80's when benching on auto-fan. 50's-60's with my fan profile selected.
I used my 280 with the same cable and it worked fine, so it's not the cable.

I've heard EVGA has excellent support, but how is it in these circumstances?
 

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EVGA is great with warranty. Just let them know your card failed. If you're being honest about your overvolting, you're fine.

File it and throw in your 280 for a while until you get a replacement.

When I spilled soda on my 570, killing it, I had to put my 260 in for a month until I got the 680 bought. It sucks, but it sure is nice having backup cards.
 

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EVGA is great with warranty. Just let them know your card failed. If you're being honest about your overvolting, you're fine.
What kind of questions do they ask? Was it overclocked (yes)? Was it overvolted (technically yes, but not for long and a very tiny bump in voltage)?

I'm sure they will check the BIOS of the card and it will tell them everything that was done to it and temps as well, right?

Would they deny me a warrant because of overclocking and overvolting (even though it was for a split second)?
 

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My two year old GTX 580 had white lines on the screen. Then, BSOD while starting windows.

Since my 580 is modded, I decided to bake it and it works fine now.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1363817/just-baked-my-gtx-580-and

If you want to RMA, then rma, and don't bake.
My guess is, like me, your 580 has some bad solder joints, possibly caused by frequent heating/cooling.
If you search online, there are plenty of reports of 580's with hardware problems.
 

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What kind of questions do they ask? Was it overclocked (yes)? Was it overvolted (technically yes, but not for long and a very tiny bump in voltage)?

I'm sure they will check the BIOS of the card and it will tell them everything that was done to it and temps as well, right?

Would they deny me a warrant because of overclocking and overvolting (even though it was for a split second)?
Dude, don't even trip. EVGA supports overclocking and overvolting. Worse case, you just need to reflash the updated bios ( fan increased ) and send it out.

As for your flickering issues, reminds me of when my card had water damage. At first I thought it was Windows 8 beta drivers being fishy, but it turns out my fitting from my MB block was leaking straight onto the core area, took it apart, cleansed it, and slapped back old cooler to test, turns out it works fine now and is still 1Ghz SOLID!
 

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Ok...so I plugged in the EXACT same cable to another DVI port on the 580 and now it runs fine (for now).

Why is one DVI port causing problems and the other isn't? Same card, different port, problem solved (for now).

Is the card still dying and should I still get an RMA? (I'm guessing yes, since all ports should be working fine).
 

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Ok...so I plugged in the EXACT same cable to another DVI port on the 580 and now it runs fine (for now).

Why is one DVI port causing problems and the other isn't? Same card, different port, problem solved (for now).

Is the card still dying and should I still get an RMA? (I'm guessing yes, since all ports should be working fine).
Make a short period of testing with that port. If you don't really need to use both and this one is working just fine, I say there's no need for an RMA.
 

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Yes, I'm the original owner.
I don't know what what could have caused this, I'm guessing it's the high temps. This card has run 99.99999% of it's life at stock volts, and even when it was over-volted, it was the tiniest bump and I ran it for less than an hour before going back to stock.
What's everyone else think?
Letting your card hit temps of 90c is what did it. Prolonged temps like that will eventually kill any chip.
You have been here long enough to know cooling cooling cooling is the most important part of having High end PC parts.
 

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90c to anything apart from VRMs are dangerous IMO. Even intel procs, i wouldn't be so sure to let them go near 80C even though they can be like that for 3 years
Let alone laptops, GPUs will eventually suffer something similar to what the original Xbox 360s (The white ones not SLIM!) and PS3s as well because they run hot as hell and eventually over time due to thermal stress a few solder joints break being lead-free and lead-free is very brittle.
This is why if Intel is going BGA on the mainstream/high-end market they are in for a whole lot of trouble if they don't use silver solder between the dies and the IHSs
I definitely DONT want BGA as heat is very stressful on solder joints if the chip is definitely going to run hot (Tiny die and lots of transistors ... Ivy bridge of course, what else?)
Many fermi cards start dying just like that because it runs SO HOT

But also i guess your DVI connector might have a few broken solder joints or physically broken joints on the GPU die
 
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