I will indeed do so. Honestly, I have spent so much time on this issue, and tried so many different things, that I am seriously considering backing out my changes to validate exactly what change I might of made this past weeked that wound up fixing the issue.
Obviously the video cards are not bad, as each works fine when installed individually or together with no SLI Bridge. Likewise, since it now works the motherboard also has to be fine.
Unfortunately, the applicaiton of a new SLI bridge (the fourth different one installed) occurred at the same time I purchased a product that searches the web looking for new device drivers
, and updated them, as well as me adding a custom profile and keeping Afterburner running. I should have done each alone, then I'd know for sure which one it was.
While it's possible that a new ribbon SLI Bridge worked, and the old sli ribbon bridge was bad, I would think that having tried two different three-way sli bridges (which connect both ports on top of the cards instead of one) would still be fine. Thus I don't think it's an SLI defect on the cards or a problem with the bridges, though for sure the new one I bought connects to only one 'port' on each card not two since it's a ribbon.
It is possible that it was overheating and crashing, as the cards are VERY close together and I have to think that could be an issue. Since I believe the cards are supposed to automatically change the fan speeds as they heat up, without afterburner or precision being installed, the use of afterburner at bootup with a fan profile should not be necessary. While I can clearly hear the old 8800 fans ramp up automatically as I test them, I really don't hear that without afterburner on the 580's unless afterburner is installed. Clearly one 580 goes to max gpu % on processing and the fans ramp up with afterburner, and on select tests the second card will ramp up it's own gpu % and temps will climb and it's own fan will also ramp up so I can hear it. Need to disable afterburner and stress test and see what happens. Really don't think this is the issue though, as it would sometimes crash after having been off all night and simply booting up and trying to enter windows. Certainly the cards and loads had not been on long enough to get hot.
Breaking the raid-0 on the SSD's probably had no impact, and likewise flashing the bios on the two SSD's with updates also probably had no impact. I did this for trim, which I dont' believe works when they are in raid-0 though I can't tell much difference. The Raptor's are still in raid-0.
Certainly its not a bios issue, as I am on latest version and that has not changed, nor have the settings changed (optimal settings default, then change default boot drive and enable Raid are only changes made and that pretty much stays that way at all times).
The clean install of Windows was not it, I have done that so many times I have lost count.
But what I suspect is that it was a driver
issue. Since the download of the driver finder software is something new starting this past weekend, I suspect that is the fix. Previously I was just downloading all the Audio/Intel INF/Intel RapidStorage/Sata2/Sata3/Lan/USB 3/ device drivers off the vendors (GigaByte) website for the board, installing them, and then putting on the latest video driver from nVidia. None of their software, only the drivers. What I noticed was that after I let the new driver finder software find new drivers, newer than what GigaByte had available I know, installed them and rebooted, I had no more issues. Since I had already installed the Intel ones from Intel before I got the software in one of my tests, I know that was not it, but I had not done the updated USB 3 ones or the updated Realtek Lan/Sound ones.
FYI, the reason I joined SevenForums was specifically because of some of the very, very detailed diagnostic analysis and debugging suggestions I saw to other issues reported, and in particular the responses provided by yourself writhziden
. Your knowledge is impressive, and your helpfulness to others noteworthy. A forum is only as strong as those who are both willing to take the time and who also
have the knowledge to do so, and without doubt you are one of those rare individuals. Thank you on behalf of myself and those I see you have helped previously.