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News Old driver blows up GeForce GTX 590 cards

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by arcticstoat, 25 Mar 2011.

  1. Cyberpower-UK

    Cyberpower-UK Professional Overclocker

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    I just had one blow running Crysis 2, no overvolt or overclock on the card, driver 267.91 (WHQL) with SLi Profiles v6 and the Crysis 2 EXE renamed as Crysis to get the SLi to kick in properly.

    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5135/5573788233_7113fcf29f_b.jpg

    That happened with the card running on an open bench so no other damage, but imagine this happening in a plastic case. The card is a hazard, at least the 6990 had the good grace to shut down the PC when it overheated.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKz86yupV44
     
  2. Cyberpower-UK

    Cyberpower-UK Professional Overclocker

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    My explosion was pretty big, flames and smoke, no time to video it though.
     
  3. zulu9812

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    Yes, that is quite worrying. I suspect that's the reason for the low clock speed, i.e. power has been throttled back. I'd be very concerned about overclocking this card.
     
  4. zulu9812

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    I take it you RMA'd it? I'd be curious to see how many of these cards do get RMA'd...
     
  5. EvoDOOM

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    It would be interesting to find out how many of these cards where RMA'd
     
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    I've heard that the new drivers actually underclock the card during gaming and that's why it no longer blows up. Can anyone confirm this?
     
  8. frontline

    frontline Punish Your Machine

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    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    Clock speeds alone will not help. They need to drop voltage as well. Somehow i see rev.B cards apearing soon, with better VRM. NVIDIA was thinking it will be enough, but it isn't enough it seems.
     
  10. Cyberpower-UK

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    I'm not a reviewer, I test what we sell. So far I've done 4 6990s with no failures and one GTX590 which went pop on Crysis 2 (so it is still capable of punishing extreme hardware). A pair of CFX 6990s did overheat but it just reset the system, no cloud of black smoke. No pressure from either company, just the usual press releases stating how each card is better than the other.
     
  11. enciem

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    New drivers don't underclock 590's. I tried all three revisions of drivers since launch and it still popped a GPU on the latest drivers. The other one still worked on the card but I'm currently trying to RMA the 2 I bought because I've no faith in the other one now.

    No overclock or overvolting, just a fan whirr and then I noticed a low frame rate, pretty odd, and not very dramatic, just totally gutting.
     
  12. DieselPower

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    Not the sort of thing you'd want to see on a £500+ Card...
     
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