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Renzeko 12-11-2012 10:05

Asus 7770 + 12.10 (or 12.11b11) + Starcraft 2 = Display driver stopped responding?;_;
Hey guys, so I got this computer built:

Mobo:Asus M5A97 R.20 (up to date bios)
RAM: 8GB Patriot 1600Mhz
CPU: AMD FX-6300 6 core 3.5ghz
PSU: Corsair CX500, with 56A on 12v+
GPU: Asus HD 7770 1GB
HDD: 1TB Seagate
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 with all updates.


Anyways, it runs great, but SCII for some reason, runs at 60fps constant at 1080p, I was surprised by that really, but the display driver keeps crashing when too many things happen at once. It's especially bad in customs where you can send waves and waves of units, the game will load 200+ units no problem, 60fps, but then the computer will freeze about 10-15 seconds, and display driver has stopped responding and has recovered...

-----------Things I've tried:

-Switching between 12.10 and the newest 12.11b11, using driver sweeper in between.

-Reformatting and using the beta drivers from scratch.

-Different graphics settings in SC2

-Stress testing the GPU in Furmark to see if it's crashing from heat (Lasted 12 hour Furmark no crash...)

-Updated DX


So... Any ideas? Card might be a dud? Or just bad drivers with the 7xxx?

ibitato 12-11-2012 11:47

try 11.8

Renzeko 12-11-2012 20:11

Exact same thing happens with 11.8 Q_Q

naike 12-11-2012 20:30

What settings are you using?
Not even I am getting 60fps in SC2 at 1080, that is at best settings.

The Mac 12-11-2012 21:54

sounds like a thermal reset, what are you temps like right before it crashes?

The Mac 12-11-2012 21:55


Originally Posted by naike (Post 4477111)
What settings are you using?
Not even I am getting 60fps in SC2 at 1080, that is at best settings.

i get 60fps at 1920x1200 with SSAA and all the IQ cranked up...

but im using a7970


Renzeko 12-12-2012 07:37

Okay, so I played a 4v4 round with some hardware logging on the right side of my screen so I could try to find a pattern to the crashing. Since I was playing Windowed, I guess that went easier on the GPU so it didn't crash as* often..

First crash:

GPU Temp: 51C
GPU Usage: 60%
Fan speed: 15%
Memory Usage: 110MB

Second Crash:

GPU Temp: 55C
GPU Usage 61%
Fan speed: 15%
Memory Usage: 416MB

:| Nothing seems to be standing out...

EDIT: I'm randomly crashing to an off black screen, can't ctrl alt dlt or anything... Have to manually restart, nothing stands out or gets logged by event viewer when this happens >.<

Going to look for some GPU diagnostic software, unless anyone knows of any good ones..

Thanks for the suggestions so far..

xChimp 12-13-2012 14:27

Hey there, I'm not sure if you've found a fix yet, but I think I may have a solution that worked for me. I too have a 7770 (funnily enough also from Memory Express) and I was getting the same issue with most of my games. The card that I had bought was also an overclocked card, and what I did after having my card crash for months was lower the clocks of the card to the stock clocks of 1000/1125.

Fox2232 12-18-2012 09:04

Checked board and cooling design...
Card have decent and Powerful cooling for GPU since it is low power GPU. But It has no heat sinks at all on VRMs.

As for memories, they are rated 1250MHz, so down clocking would not do big difference since heat dissipation into board itself should be sufficient. (Other than drawing less current via VRMs.)

I would use HWiNFO64 to get actual VRMs Temperature. This board uses cheaper ones which are rated bellow 100C instead of expensive which should survive 120C.

So 15% of fan RPMs may be far enough for GPU, but make sure VRMs are not going to critical temperature.

I see this as general problem of any overkill GPU core cooling.
Since GPU is not going to high temperatures, there is no need to ramp fan speed and increasing airflow around other components on board.

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