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Windows 7: GTX 550 Ti Overheating Symptoms at 50


05 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
GTX 550 Ti Overheating Symptoms at 50

Hello. I'm having an issue with my Zotac AMP! GeForce GTX 550 Ti where it seems to be overheating at a low temperature. While playing Skyrim (low or high settings), at some point my sound will become very tinny and the game will drop to under 2 FPS about every 30 seconds. Most recently, Windows Aero disabled itself without an error message of any kind. After much frustration, I discovered that this only occurred when my GPU reached 50 and above.

To me, this seems odd because I thought cards could perform at temperatures well over 70. I'm also confused as to why this would even be affecting my sound at all. I've disabled all HD audio devices with NVIDIA drivers to use my Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme with drivers from Creative. I should mention that in order to get my GPU fan running at an appropriate speed, I have to manually set it to 100% with Zotac's OC utility FireStorm. I recently added three 120mm fans to my case. Does anyone know what could be wrong here?

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05 Jan 2012   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Maximum GPU Temperature is 100C
Is the GPU OC'd?
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05 Jan 2012   #3

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Here is a relevant article for you:

Nvidia GTX 550 Ti Temperature Problems and Solutions
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05 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
Maximum GPU Temperature is 100C
Is the GPU OC'd?
No, it's not overclocked at all.
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06 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

Who's to say its a GPU issue? dropping for frame rates could be ram and processor related as well, both could also cause sound issues.

Oddly you don't have a sound card? That could be defective causing all the symptoms.

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06 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Try: DPC Latency Checker

DPC Latency problems can cause drops in audio/video.
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06 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
Who's to say its a GPU issue? dropping for frame rates could be ram and processor related as well, both could also cause sound issues.

Oddly you don't have a sound card? That could be defective causing all the symptoms.

Well, in an attempt to diagnose the problem, I ran Skyrim with absolutely minimal applications and services running on my OS. I should probably take the time to give you my specs:

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 6400+ (3.21 GHz)
RAM: 4 GB (DDR2 800 MHz)
GPU: Zotac AMP! NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (1 GB)
Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme

As you can see, I do have a sound card. Sorry if I wasn't clear about that. Given that I have a sound card with its own drivers and that I've disabled all devices with NVIDIA sound drivers, that is why I was confused about the audio problem. Because my RAM doesn't typically raise above 50% during gameplay, I wasn't considering it a potential cause of the problem.

The CPU usage, however, reaches 100% during every freeze I have in-game. Keep in mind that this occurs with networking, antivirus, themes, audio, and most other non-essential programs running in the background. I'm going to try DPC Latency Checker and get back to you guys with the results.

Update:
I ran DPC Latency Checker while playing the game, and it stayed in the green the whole time. The good news is my game isn't freezing anymore when I set the GPU fan to 100%. I get slight FPS loss, but that's probably due to the hi-res textures I've installed and the fact that the settings for Skyrim are on Ultra. I am still having issues with the sound after about 5 minutes of playing, though. The sound suddenly becomes very tinny, and it seems to deteriorate over time. I noticed that CPU spikes to 100% very frequently.
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