Before I even begin I just want to say sorry for posting this, I'm just super frustrated and I feel like I need to type the entire thing up even though probably no one actually gives a **** about my plights. So here we go - this is my story about my GTX690 and how it's driven me to my worst experience with computers ever. So back in April/May Nvidia announced their Kepler series of cards, including both the 680 and 690. Now at the time, I don't know why I thought a 690 would be a good purchase for me. I rarely play demanding games at all anymore, mostly just Starcraft II, CS Source, and occasionally something like a Mass Effect or a Dragon Age or just one of those really good single player games that come out every once in a while. I don't play BF3, or Crysis online, or any really demanding games where a 690 would actually be beneficial. But Nvidia was hyping it up, I had the extra money, why not? Now the system I had at the time was the following: i7 920 EVGA FTW3 Corsair DDR3 1600 GTX 480 1000w Corsair PSU The graphics card and processor are in a watercooling loop. I never had any problems with the 480, period. No red screens, no artifacting, I could literally play any game for hours with absolutely zero issues. So when the 690 came out, most people were refreshing sites like newegg and amazon or whatever to try to get their hands on one. I'm far too lazy to do this so I just did the EVGA pre-order card on their site for the $50 extra card that comes with a shirt ill never wear and all the other **** I chucked into the trash immediately. To my delight EVGA shipped the card to me within 3 weeks of the pre-order, most people were still refreshing at that time in order to get one. It arrived in a black signature edition box with a bunch of fancy stuff. Ok, so because their are no cooling blocks for the card at the time and I didn't feel like breaking my loop only to have to do it again when I got one. I simply unplugged my 480 and built a platform on the bottom out of CD cases so I could sit it right below my 690. So it was basically still in the loop, just not plugged in. I wanted to wait for my Koolance block, so I could remove the 480 and put the 690 in all at one time. Ok, so far so good. I load up a few more demanding games just to check it out, Crysis, Metro, etc. Everything seems to be working great. I then decide I want to run a benchmark in Heaven just to see how my system compares to some of the others on Guru3D. Here is when things go wrong. I start Heaven intending to run a benchmark but I get up for a bit and leave it at the start screen when it's just flying through the environment. I return about 30 minutes later to find a cluster **** of polygon explosions. Artifacting everywhere. This isn't supposed to happen. I check my temps with After Burner, its running about 80-82 loaded, which is about what other people are getting. I reseat the card, check all the cables, everything looks normal. I try again, same ****. At this point I'm thinking well, let me try another game just to make sure if it isn't anything random like a driver issue with heaven or something stupid. So I try Skyrim for about an hour, nothing happens, game works fine. Same with Starcraft and Counterstrike. Temps are about the same in Skyrim as in Heaven, so I figure maybe its just something weird. Then Diablo 3 comes out and I start playing that. Now all these other games I've only been playing for an hour, maybe starcraft a little more than that. Diablo 3 I played for about 5 hours the day it came out. The game started artifacting at about the 3rd hour. Closing and reopening fixed it. Now I figure well I need to check the other games longer. At this point I realize everything is artifacting, something is wrong with the card. I call EVGA, they run me through a bunch of obvious stuff I had already tried, reinstalling drivers, clean installing drivers, trying the beta drivers, removing monitoring software like after burner, etc. Finally they tell me it's probably a power issue. Now I'm thinking well my Corsair 1000w is definitely more than enough for this card, but it is about 2 1/2 years old. Maybe it's starting to die who knows. I don't really have another PSU to test it with. So I go and buy a Seasonic 1000w PSU with a single rail. And sure enough, the problem appears to have gone away. I ran heaven for about an hour, no issues. OK. Then I start playing Max Payne 3, sure enough same ****, about an hour into the game the screen explodes. Max's head is in 3 different places and stretched till the end of time. At this point I call EVGA again and tell them. They say yeah they'll RMA the card. But they are only going to pay to ship it back to me VIA ground. I had to pay to get it to them. Now at this point I'm annoyed because I already bought the PSU for $400 or whatever those Seasonic's cost and when I bought the card originally I payed for overnight shipping. They sent me a non-working card and now I'm going to lose it for nearly 2 weeks for the RMA? I tried to work with them, but they weren't willing to pay for the overnight. So instead I have it crosshipped which required me to put up the $1050 as collateral. I just didn't feel like having to take the card out putting the 480 back in it, etc. Plus the 690 was working well enough in Starcraft for hours at end and that's what I play the most anyway. And it's not like I lose the $1050, I get it back as soon as my card goes to them. So eventually the second card arrives. I plug it in and immediately run heaven overnight. I wake up and check, still running no problems. Awesome. At this point the Koolance block is on the way, so I figure all good. Well I start playing some other games and all of a sudden I'm getting red-screen problems galore. Literally every 10 minutes or so my screen will turn red for 5-6 seconds. I look it up, most people suggest removing monitoring software like precision, afterburner, etc. So I do. Problem still persists. At this point I'm really annoyed. I upgrade my Windows 7 to 8 just to see if anything will change. Nope, now I have even more issues. Red screens still occur and now my minerals in Starcraft II are randomly disappearing. Which apparently is a known random problem. Among other strange issues with games randomly dropping to 1fps. I format. I literally only starcraft II after the format and use the 301.42 drivers. Same ****, red screens every couple minutes and other just random issues. So at this point I'm seriously frustrated and probably not thinking as clearly as I should have. I figure well maybe it's a heat problem, because this card was running slightly warmer than the other at 86ish. So I drop the koolance block on it. Now it's loaded at 40-45ish depending on game. Same ****, red screens. So now I'm thinking, the chances of them sending me two bad cards is so rare if they do QC testing that it has to be something on my system causing all these problems. Maybe my motherboard, which I've had problems with in the past with random crap. So I buy a new processor and motherboard. Shove everything in it. Same ****. Red screening with no monitoring software. To make it worse now I'm getting even stranger problems. Occasionally games will just disappear. It looks like the display crashes, all the screens black out, it comes back and the sound for the game is still on. The game is still receiving commands, if I shoot I can hear the shot. The cursor is still bound to the game, but I can't see the game. Alt tabbing does nothing. I have to end process out. Happens in both Dayz and Dota 2. To make matters worse I actually lost my RAID-5 array during the motherboard upgrade because I didn't realize Z77 only supports 4 drives in RAID. So now I'm basically back in the same position I was. Stuck with a broken card I guess, seeing as I literally replaced every single thing around it. Contacting EVGA again, who will probably tell me it's my PSU again or something stupid. At this point I don't even want the card anymore. Between the issues I'm getting and the known issues with things like display flickering when running 3 monitors, it's not even worth the money at all. TLDR: I hate the GTX690. If anyone has any advice please give, because I'm out of ideas aside from just RMA'ing this thing again.