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    Hi,

    I built my computer about 6 months ago and since then it has been fine. However just recently whilst playing crysis after about 1 hour i get a lot of white flashes which i believe are artifacts. my 8800Gt is a gigabyte 512mb running at 65C at idle and 89C at load. The clocks are 555 (core clock) ,1387 (shader clock) and 801 (memory clock). What should i do, return it to manufacturer or to scan or what?

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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    Reduce the OC on the card, see what happens. If the artifacts go away or reduce then it would point to the card. RMA time then.
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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    ok i have reduced them by about 200 each and will record what happens.
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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    Artifacts are often due to overheating, to too high of an overclock, or a bad card. Also, too high of an overclock can cause overheating.

    Try this: use RivaTuner and manually set the fan speed to 100% before playing your game; your temps should be lower; if the artifacts don't re-appear, then heat was likely the issue. This is what I always do with my 8800GT Suoperclocked.

    My average temps are:
    Idle: about 45c
    Peak (w/ 100% fan): highest I ever saw was 70c while playing F.E.A.R. for two hours with max settings (Crysis might have gotten up there too)

    EDIT: I should mention I have a pretty cool case (with an intake fan blowing right on my card, and another fan six inches higher pulling out hot air) and generally cool room temperature, so this does make a bit of a difference. But the RivaTuner tip should help you a lot.

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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    Thanks,

    The problem is, i overclocked it, then i wanted to put it back normal but i cant remember the original settings, is there any "set to default" button, or does anyone know the settings for my graphics card?
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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    600MHz core 900MHz memory (1.8GHz effective) is stock 8800GT spec.
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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    OK, i put the fan on 100%, decreased all the clocks by 100 and after 2 hours of playing the temperature was at 74C and once again it started artifacting.
    What should i do now?
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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    thats not to bad for a 8800GT so it can't be temp. It could be your PSU though,
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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    i have a 520W corsair modular PSU
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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    It's within warranty - I'd just return it to scan and be done with it. That's what an RMA proceedure is for.

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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    Does overclocking not invalidate your warranty?
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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    It was underclocked from what he posted!

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    Re: artifacts with graphics card help!

    He's mucked about with speed and fan settings, not a great start for maintaining warranty. Also what's the default shader clock?

    Problem is, if you go beyond the factory settings then you can damage the card, meaning it still has problems at defaults. You could attempt an RMA I suppose - best chance of getting one would be to find a free test that reproduces the fault in a reasonable time frame (say 30mins).

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