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    Video card stability test?

    Just wondering if anyone out there can recommend a sure way to test if a video card is stable? Reason I ask is cause my Gears of War keeps crashing on me, even under stock GPU clocks with a VPU recovery message. What I'm wondering is maybe I somehow damaged the GPU or RAM while replacing the cooling, although I doubt that's the case, just wanted to check. The hardware in use is my desktop in my sig, using 8.8 CATs under Vista 64 Ultimate. Any assistance/guidance would be appreciated.

    Just wanted to add that I have run furmark for at least 1 hr using the stability test and it hasn't errored out or crashed, but not sure if that's sufficient.
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    Re: Video card stability test?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eluder View Post
    Just wondering if anyone out there can recommend a sure way to test if a video card is stable? Reason I ask is cause my Gears of War keeps crashing on me, even under stock GPU clocks with a VPU recovery message. What I'm wondering is maybe I somehow damaged the GPU or RAM while replacing the cooling, although I doubt that's the case, just wanted to check. The hardware in use is my desktop in my sig, using 8.8 CATs under Vista 64 Ultimate. Any assistance/guidance would be appreciated.

    Just wanted to add that I have run furmark for at least 1 hr using the stability test and it hasn't errored out or crashed, but not sure if that's sufficient.
    That's a pretty good indicator that you card is OK. Make sure to run it at full-screen, max resolution, with and without MSAA8X.

    You could also run ATITools Artifact Scanner for 90 min. as well.

    Is that the only game crashing on you?

    If all else fails you may want to remove the cooler and re-install it. How are you cooling the VRMs on the card? Ramsinks I assume?
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    Re: Video card stability test?

    Ya, I ran it full screen at 1920x1200 (max res of the monitor) w/o MSAA, no issues at all. I tested UT3 for about 20 mins or so and no issues as of yet. So far Gears and UT3 are all I have installed since it's a relatively new install of my OS.

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    Re: Video card stability test?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eluder View Post
    Just wondering if anyone out there can recommend a sure way to test if a video card is stable? Reason I ask is cause my Gears of War keeps crashing on me, even under stock GPU clocks with a VPU recovery message.
    Funny you mention GOW I was thinking about posting a question about the same damn thing for a while now. I haven't been able to play the game other that right up to the first fight after getting through the basic training, the game crashes shortly after starting the first real mission. Using Vista32 here, I reinstalled the OS thinking something might have gotten fubar'd, tried cat 8.6-8.8 with my 4850 and it still crashes.

    I only found one tiny patch for the game which didn't seem to make a difference.

    One game I found that won't tolerate much of a OC with my 4850 is Crysis, if it is OC'd too much it simply gives a quick flash of static and drops to the desktop. Needless to say I can't take my 4850 over 650/1050 for Crysis, other games will run higher but Crysis just kills it right away at anything higher.
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    Re: Video card stability test?

    Do you get the VPU recovery message as well?
    I'm hoping it's just the game, cause it'd suck if my card is messed up, but nothing else is exhibiting any issues as of yet. I just played some vehicle CTF in UT3 for 20 mins and had no issue whatsoever. Gears won't last even 5 mins before pooching. I don't think GoW is stressing the card THAT much more than UT3. Guess I need to try the Crysis demo to see what happens.

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    Re: Video card stability test?

    Hi, im running a hd 4850 thats brand new and every other time i play crysis wars neverything artifacts. iv got the newest drivers. ive also ran ati tools for 90 min with no errors. any advice would be very helpful.

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    Re: Video card stability test?

    What kind of gpu temps are you guys getting when your games are crashing? Can you turn up the fan speed on your video cards and try again?

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    Re: Video card stability test?

    50 Celsius at most I would say...

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    Re: Video card stability test?

    I bumped the fan speed control thread if it is needed.


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    Re: Video card stability test?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crysiswarior View Post
    Hi, im running a hd 4850 thats brand new and every other time i play crysis wars neverything artifacts. iv got the newest drivers. ive also ran ati tools for 90 min with no errors. any advice would be very helpful.
    The latest ATI drivers may have problems with that game, google is your friend.

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    Re: Video card stability test?

    Thnaks for the advice about the driver im going to switch to the 8.8 when i get a chance. Also my computer would not start up for some reason, could that be connected to bad video card drivers as well?

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    Re: Video card stability test?

    Furmark for OpenGL
    And Id say 3dmark vantage or a heavy requierment modern game like Crysis

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    Re: Video card stability test?

    gears never crashed on my pc. but it was boring, so i deleted it anyway. use hijackthis and check yr pc for malware?

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    Re: Video card stability test?

    Definitely no malware... it's the game, it's flaky and I remember it crashing on my other build, I just can't remember how I fixed it, oh well. Next month I'll just play Gears of War 2 on the 360... amazing game!

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