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Solved GTX 970 In Game Artifacts and Stopped Working Error


puhaa

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Hello,

I have artifacting problem with my EVGA GTX 970 FTW the video about the issue is at the end of the post. I get the same problem in WoW, Watch Dogs and H1Z1. So basicly I used memtest86+ no errors, formatted windows and keep having same errors. I also changed PSU and send card back for RMA, they said that they have tested it for a long period of time and no errors and send it back. The only thing which is unchanged is motherboard now. I also get NVIDIA driver stopped working errors at random times(for example I get one while writing this post) Do you have any suggestions / input for me to solve this ?

[video=youtube;K23q1s02r5c]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K23q1s02r5c[/video]

System Specs are following;
i5-4670k CPU
MSI Z87-G45 mobo, Corsair 2x4 GB RAMS
EVGA Supernova 750 G2 PSU
Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB, Windows installed on
EVGA GTX 970 FTW Graphics card


Thanks,
 

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Hello from SevenForums! Also, welcome to Eight Forums! :)

Since your artifacting was seen on the games you're playing, I highly doubt that Unigine's Valley and Heaven Benchmarks would create artifacts also, but in the mean time try testing both of them and see if you find artifacts. If you see artifacts on both benchmarks, use MSI Afterburner to downclock to nvidia reference speeds and see if the artifacts are still there. Also, I would reccomend that you install the hotfix driver 353.38 since the driver fixes the dreaded desktop TDR errors while internet browsing or anything that uses hardware acceleration. Try that and do what I would suggest above. ;)

Those FTW cards are highly problematic with some GTX 900 users who own this model of the card mostly because of the voltage while the clock and memory were overclocked caused some instability such as driver crashes or artifacts. Source comes from the EVGA forums: So GTX 980 FTW are very bad cards?
 

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    Windows 8.1 x64 bit (might upgrade to win 10 soon)
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    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i7 4790k @ 4.0 (stock)
    Motherboard
    Asrock z97x Fatality Killer
    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws X 32GB @ 1600
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puhaa

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Yeah actually what you are saying is absolutely right and I think I solved this. I downclocked the card all the way back down -350 MHz core clock, and artifacts disappeared. They do exist in -300 MHz and get lost in a place in between. However I dont think this is a proper solution since I paid a laptop price for this card and what I get is not what I paid.
 

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I'm glad you've solved it by underclocking it. Tell EVGA that underclocking solved the problem wanted to start an RMA because you've not getting it what you've payed for. I'm sure EVGA will took care of you.

Its a pain that you've gone over 2 cards that causes instability because of unstable factory overclocked. Just like mine when I've been through. Never buying factory oc cards again. :( On the bright side, those coolers look very nice! :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64 bit (might upgrade to win 10 soon)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i7 4790k @ 4.0 (stock)
    Motherboard
    Asrock z97x Fatality Killer
    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws X 32GB @ 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY GTX 970
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre 27inch 60hz monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Evo 500gb
    Toshiba 1TB HDD
    PSU
    Corsair RM750 750 watt
    Case
    Cooler Master HAF 922
    Cooling
    Corsair H80i
    Keyboard
    Corsair k70 Red (cherry mx red switches)
    Mouse
    Logitech g700s
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender (with Security Essentials)

puhaa

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I'm glad you've solved it by underclocking it. Tell EVGA that underclocking solved the problem wanted to start an RMA because you've not getting it what you've payed for. I'm sure EVGA will took care of you.

Its a pain that you've gone over 2 cards that causes instability because of unstable factory overclocked. Just like mine when I've been through. Never buying factory oc cards again. :( On the bright side, those coolers look very nice! :)
So I am adding the solution for future reference if somebody else has the same problem. My journey with RMA of factory overclocked cards lasted for nearly 2 years and it finally ended when I buy a MSI gaming 4G. It is not factory overclocked and it seems that it is doing OK for 5 months :). Thanks for answers.
 

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