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Windows 7: Why does my GPU freeze when running games at ultra high settings?

27 Jun 2014   #1
draptak

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 
Why does my GPU freeze when running games at ultra high settings?

Got a new GPU and PSU.

GPU freezes, with buzzing sound and my monitor goes blank when attempting to start a game at high/ultra settings? Same for my other games too.

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Specs:
CPU: Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9400 at 2.66 GHz
GPU: GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II
Memory RAM: 6GB
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
PSU: Corsair CX750M


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27 Jun 2014   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Draptak mate what are the temps for the GPU and CPU - I do notice too the CPU is a pre i series Intel - I have a Q9650 in my tester and knowing what mine is like maybe you are pushing this one a tad too hard.

Can you also list the system specs in more detail please as the system specs at the bottom is obviously a laptop and not the machine you are having problems with.
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Speccy will do for the temps Speccy - Download < download from piriform
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27 Jun 2014   #3
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Your CPU is going to bottleneck the GPU somewhat, but not terribly. Try lowering your settings and see if that helps. Depending on what game you are playing, it could be the game itself, or it could be you are asking more of the CPU/GPU than they can handle.
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28 Jun 2014   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Your CPU is going to bottleneck the GPU somewhat, but not terribly. Try lowering your settings and see if that helps. Depending on what game you are playing, it could be the game itself, or it could be you are asking more of the CPU/GPU than they can handle.
Plus I would really like to see some moredetailed specs too and maybe run this to tot up what power is required eXtreme Power Supply Calculator the Asus site states 300watts for that card and the PSU would look to be plenty but we don't know what else is being run off of it.

Graphics Cards - GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 - ASUS
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28 Jun 2014   #5
draptak

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Draptak mate what are the temps for the GPU and CPU - I do notice too the CPU is a pre i series Intel - I have a Q9650 in my tester and knowing what mine is like maybe you are pushing this one a tad too hard.

Can you also list the system specs in more detail please as the system specs at the bottom is obviously a laptop and not the machine you are having problems with.
System Info - See Your System Specs

Speccy will do for the temps Speccy - Download < download from piriform
Hi Icit2lol,

It's not a laptop I'm using, just the PC machine

I ran the Speccy software and I got the temps:-
GPU at 46°
CPU at 42°

I'm not using any overclocking

Do you think my Q9400 is a the main cause for my GPU freezing ?
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28 Jun 2014   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

No mate I kind of knew it wasn't the laptop and the temps look ok to me - it does depend to some extent on the ambient temp of where you are of course.

I think essenbe would be better off to answer the bottlenecking of the CPU although I will say looking at the specs for that processor it does have quad core and the L2 cache is ample. But it does not have turbo technology which I think may restrict the running speed to the stock number (2.66Ghz).

The GPU has what is called a boost clock and again essenbe will be better off telling you if that would be a problem.

Just as matter of interest what board is in that machine? as my tester has DDR2 RAM and the CPU was released the same year as the one you have. I am certainly not denying you have DDR3 but would just like to download the specs for it (the board).
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28 Jun 2014   #7
draptak

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
No mate I kind of knew it wasn't the laptop and the temps look ok to me - it does depend to some extent on the ambient temp of where you are of course.

I think essenbe would be better off to answer the bottlenecking of the CPU although I will say looking at the specs for that processor it does have quad core and the L2 cache is ample. But it does not have turbo technology which I think may restrict the running speed to the stock number (2.66Ghz).

The GPU has what is called a boost clock and again essenbe will be better off telling you if that would be a problem.

Just as matter of interest what board is in that machine? as my tester has DDR2 RAM and the CPU was released the same year as the one you have. I am certainly not denying you have DDR3 but would just like to download the specs for it (the board).
I now just recently put back in my old GTX 260, and attempted to play a game at ULTRA settings, it works without crashing, and I also used a stability software check to test my GPU/PSU it runs no problem unlike my new GTX 770.

You might be right there, my CPU might not handle the GTX 770.

I'm using a ASUSTeK P5QL/EPU motherboard
My memory type is a DDR2 RAM
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28 Jun 2014   #8
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Your CPU will run it just fine. It is only that you may not get quite the performance you would with a newer CPU. But, your CPU will run that card just fine. All of the new Nvidia cards have a boost clock If you are not overclocking it, it is not a problem. download the latest Nvidia WHQL driver from Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers , Set Windows update to download but let me decide what to install, uninstall your current drivers and shut down the computer instead of restart that it will ask, remove the current card and replace it with the 770, restart the computer and install the drivers you downloaded using this method, NVIDIA Drivers - Avoid Problems . Install the Asus utility or MSI Afterburner set an aggressive custom fan profile for the card so that the card does not get hot. See if that is any better. Let us know the results.
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29 Jun 2014   #9
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

As essenbe says mate and I notice that the board supports 1066Mhz RAM and I also see that you have just 3GB installed I don't know if essenbe would agree but it is quite a small amount to be running. It can support up to 16GB and if it were me I would get up to 4GB at very least and if you can afford it 8GB would be more than enough.
Motherboards - P5QL/EPU - ASUS
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29 Jun 2014   #10
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

John, on a 32 bit system, the most it can use is 4 GB (3.5-3.7 technically) so, I would make sure I had 4 GB installed. If you switch to a 64 bit X64 OS, then more ram is much better.
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