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Old 06-22-08, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default Evga GTX 280 FTW crash problems - not overheating

Sorry for the novel-like post, but I'm desperate now.

Problem: Start a game - after a few minutes, screen goes black, PC shuts completely down.

I have experienced this problem with Age of Conan, Crysis, Guild Wars, and Eve Online. I can try other games, but since none of these will run more than 5 minutes, I see little point in trying. rthdribl also crashes after 10-15 minutes. Temps in rthdribl usually peak at 69C.

Card runs at 40-45C idle, 68-75C under load. Ambient case temps are around 25-30C.

For 2 + days I have been trying to root out the cause of this problem. Below are some of things I have tried in no particular order:

1. Installed newest BIOS
2. Reinstalled video drivers (from disk)
3. Uninstalled video drivers - ran driver cleaner - reinstalled drivers
4. Downloaded and installed latest drivers from Nvidia's site - same process as #3.
5. Removed all my RAM, tried a single stick - did this with all 4 sticks (2x1GB and 2x2GB)
6. Moved connectors around on my PSU (modular)
7. Turned off everything in room except for PC and monitor.
8. Updated all DirectX components
9. Cried, got mad, and gave myself a headache.
10. Underclocked my RAM down to 800MHz.
11. Ran my processor at stock clocks - with RAM at stock and underclocked.
12. Ran video card at reference clocks.
13. Set fan speed to 100%.
14. Tried every combination of BIOS settings I can think of.


I had Crysis run once for 15 minutes. I stopped playing, did a little dance, and sat back down in my chair and started up Age of Conan. Within 5 minutes, my PC was at a black screen again and then shut down.

My XFX 8800GTX ran flawless in this rig. None of the problems came about until the 280 GTX was installed.

1000W Ultra X3 PSU with 70A on the +12V rail. PSU is equipped with both 6 pin and 8 pin PCIE connectors.


I'm ordering a new motherboard tomorrow. Probably going for a Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4 or maybe the Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6. I've been looking at the Abit X38 Quad GT, but customer support horror stories have me concerned. I'm done with MSI motherboards forever.

I may send my RAM in for RMA and see if patriot will send me 4 matched sticks. All the sticks I have now are all DDR2 1066 with 5-5-5-15 timings, but all matched might make a difference.

Is there anything else that I'm missing? Short of reinstalling windows, I can't think of anything. Could my board being PCIE 1.0 instead of PCIE 2.0 have anything to do with it? Anyone have any suggestions?

Evga tech support said take it to a shop and have them test it. I think my testing methods have been far superior to and more exhausting than anything a shop would do.
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