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    Default SLI crashing on games

    I recently purchased another Gigabyte GTX 580, the Ultra Durable version with 3x windforce cooling, the card works great but when I do SLI games will crash and gives me that "driver has stopped responding" error and its really annoying. I have tried Googling for an answer but so far, nothing.

    Specs are on my signature. Does anybody who runs multi GPU setups have experience in this field, please help, Thanks.
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    Default Re: SLI crashing on games

    What ich and ioh core voltages are you using? Could bump pci-e freq to 102/103 mhz see if it helps,using latest gpu drivers?
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    Everything is running on stock speeds, nothing overclocked. And yes, I'm using the latest GPU drivers as well.
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    Try two or three clicks more on ioh and ich core voltages,it helps when running sli/xfire
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    pci-e freq to 102/103 I would not think thats problem

    i think its memory related
    what are your setting on memory
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    If experiencing GPU driver restarts after adding an additional card, where there are none before, I would definitely not suspect RAM initially.

    My first check would be temperatures. Probably not an isue, especially with such well cooled cards, but ignoring a basic like this can mean wastwed time if it turns out to be the case.

    Use GPU-Z or MSI afterburner to monitor GPU temps in game and check GPU-Z's sensors tab to see if your cards have the ability to report VRM temperatures. VRMs are the cards voltage regulators. A card can be loaded and have perfect GPOU temps, but if the VRM's get too hot, driver restarts, temporary black screens and even whole system shutdowns can result. The VRMs will be refered to "VDDC Phase # x Temp" where x = which phase number. Not all cards have them, so if they don't there's nothing you can do to check VRM temps short of using a temp probe.

    If your case has a side fan mount, make sure you're using a fan there, blowing cool air from the outside onto the cards. Also make sure that at least a portion of the front case fan is unobstructed (no HDD's in the way) and blowing toward the back of the case, directly onto the cards. Other than that, there's not much else you can do to improve VRM cooling.

    Second check would be to download and install the latest drivers for your cards. I can personally recommend the 270.51 Beta Forceware. Don't worry about them being labeled as Beta, nVidia release quite a few beta drivers, some of which go on to be WHQL certified with no changes made. Others don't get certified due to it costing a certain amount of money per driver to do so. Any driver officially made available by nVidia is definitely safe. It may contain bugs, but then so may a WHQL.

    Next thing to check would be as Wazza said. PCIE frequency may be an issue but given the choice between that and IOH voltage plus ICH I/O, voltage adjustment would be the most likely.

    Having said that, I'd still go ahead and set 101 for PCIE frequency. Not very often, but on some systems I have built it has meant the difference between stability and instability.

    For IOH voltage and ICH I/O (in my experience the two voltages that have helped with GPU related issues), on the X58 boards I've built with, 1.1V has been the default for IOH core and 1.5V for ICH I/O. I would personally not go above 1.25V IOH and ~1.7V ICH I/O (depends on the board as to the exact increments) and would definitely only increase it as much as I need. Start by increasing 1-2 notches. My personal preference is to increase by two, then start gaming. If you experience no driver crashes/restarts at that voltage you can then either drop the voltage to 1 tick above stock, or if it's under ~1.25V, simply leave it at that. Depending on the board and the BIOS, there may be more than one IOH related voltage. Sometimes there is an IOH core and an IOH I/O voltage.

    If all that fails to solve the issue, Try down clocking your cards using Afterburner. Drop GPU clocks from the factory OC to reference speeds. If this stops the driver crashes, you may have one card that doesn't run 100% stable at its OC speed. this is not acceptable as you were sold cards that should be guaranteed to run at the speed they were supplied at. Contact Gigabyte and see what they advise. If thios is the case, I'd suspect the second card added to be the one with issues, however running each card individually and gaming with them would be a good idea. If one of the cards has driver crash issues, you've found a faulty card.
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    Psycho101 Heat is a good point
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    Default Re: SLI crashing on games

    Also try older drivers, latest isn't always greatest

    *Side note - This is why I stopped using Nvidia years ago :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Also try older drivers, latest isn't always greatest

    *Side note - This is why I stopped using Nvidia years ago :)
    I'm still stuck on nVidia, but if you have a driver that works, just because a new driver is released, don't update unless you have a problem.

    If you do update, I recommend a system backup incase it goes sour as a way of going back.

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    I'm using the default settings for my memory, 9,9,9,24 at 1.5V. My GPU temps are around 70C at load.
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