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GTX 660 TI Crashing in almost every game

Hiya Guys,

Before I start I'd like to say I'm not too computer savvy, and sorry if I frustrate you with my asking what something means. I'll do my best to explain my issue in complete detail.

My Brother bought me a Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660 TI, on the box it says its Overclocked to 1032MHz, I read on another Toms Hardware forum that this was putting too much power in the card and crashing it constantly in games, as such the user used MSI afterburner to downclock it to 915MHz or something rather, I haven't yet tried this as I have no idea how to.

Basically my card crashes in every game I play, (or it's drivers, I don't know pick me up on technicalities so I learn) and this happens in almost every game I play, or any game that puts stress on the card so to speak. if I play Guild Wars 2 at anything over medium or high the game will crash within 5 to 10 minutes, same deal for any other game. Running games lower seems to keep it stable for quite a while, but what the hell is the point when this card is capable of running most of these games at High to Ultra.

The GPU temperature in game reaches around 71 most of the time, and this doesn't seem like a healthy temperature, at least not to me. Odd thing is, my computer has very good ventilation and cooling, why would this card be overheating, I doubt overheating is the issue here. I've tried the card in two PC's both had the same problem, my warranty has now run out and returning it isn't a possibility here. But I know the 660 TI is a great little card and I really want to fix this problem.

I'll give you a more in depth description of what happens now, so I'll play a game, and all of a sudden the screen will go black most of the time it recovers and the game screen returns but then it just does it again, over and over, the issue however forces me to end the game program in task manager most of the time. I've updated the card to it's latest drivers, tried older drivers and even beta ones, ran into the same issue each time, I've tried reinstalling operating systems, system restores none of which fix this issue. It really is quite irritating and forces me to play most of my games on low as to get any performance from the card.

If you guys have any idea how I can fix this issue or at least diagnose the problem I would be more than grateful and thank you for reading this titanic post!

P.S System Specs
Intel Core i7
32 GB Ram
660 TI graphics card
1000W PSU
Windows 7 64bit
forgotten the motherboard model lmao
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  1. Think I've just resolved a similar issue, took ages so I know how frustrating it can be.
    Sounds like the CPU is overheating, so install a monitor like HWinfo and see how hot it's getting, and how hard the CPU fan is working, if the processor is at 50C idle (on the desktop with nothing running) but the fan is at 80% it shows the cooler is probably in need of some TLC.
    Another possible problem is a virus/malware infection they can get in very easily following a fresh install of Windows because of the time it can take for Windows to fully update itself, leaving the system open to attack for several days (unless you install from an updated ISO that is).
  2. Good advice above, worth checking.

    Your gpu temp is totally safe at 71'c.

    You can also download and install MSI afterburner and clock the gpu down a little to see if that is the cause of the crashing.
  3. Hmmm, I've had this in mind to be honest, but I don't think that's what's causing this, as I've tried this card in 2 pc's and still running into the issue, plus the CPU in my computer is water cooled and sits at a stable temperature, I'm afraid this problem is card and it's drivers exclusive, and nothing seems to fix it ): seems like a waste of 300 dollars.
  4. Did you try clocking it down to test?
  5. ^+1.
    Downclocking can help, you've nothing but a few minuets of time to lose in trying it.
    If that has no effect, you'll probably need to get your brother to raise an RMA for the card to return it under warranty.
    FYI, my problem was much the same: Good card, decent setup fully updated Windows, latest drivers ETC, even my 'backup' HD7950 would run perfectly-same games, no crashing-but the GTX970 would crash out randomly regardless of drivers, the solution was a full Windows/drivers reinstall. ;(
  6. Thanks for the suggestions guys, I haven't yet tried the downclock as I have no idea how to. I have MSI afterburner, if you guys could give me a guide on how to do it I would be very grateful, I've checked online how to but still don't feel confident, don't want to ruin the card anymore than it already seems to be
  7. Best answer
    lionheart45 said:
    Thanks for the suggestions guys, I haven't yet tried the downclock as I have no idea how to. I have MSI afterburner, if you guys could give me a guide on how to do it I would be very grateful, I've checked online how to but still don't feel confident, don't want to ruin the card anymore than it already seems to be


    Downclocking cannot ruin the card.

    Open after burner, move the GPU clock slider left so it says -50. Reducing the speed by 50mhz. Hit Apply.

    Test.
  8. downclocking fixed my issue, can't thank you guys enough, if anyone else runs into this forum, and has the overlcocked gtx 660 ti, use MSI afterburner and decrease its core clock by 50, this will solve your constant black screens, and crashes.
  9. lionheart45 said:
    downclocking fixed my issue, can't thank you guys enough, if anyone else runs into this forum, and has the overlcocked gtx 660 ti, use MSI afterburner and decrease its core clock by 50, this will solve your constant black screens, and crashes.


    How did you fix it? Changing gpu boost clock to 1033 from 1085 or changing memory clock ?
    And how many percet do you use to power target?
  10. xnevel said:
    lionheart45 said:
    downclocking fixed my issue, can't thank you guys enough, if anyone else runs into this forum, and has the overlcocked gtx 660 ti, use MSI afterburner and decrease its core clock by 50, this will solve your constant black screens, and crashes.


    How did you fix it? Changing gpu boost clock to 1033 from 1085 or changing memory clock ?
    And how many percet do you use to power target?


    It literally says in his post. Downclocked the gpu by 50mhz in Afterburner.

    You dont need to touch memory clock or power target.
  11. lowering core clock by 50 also helped me to fix this (I had MSI 660ti). THANKS!!!
  12. I have solved the problem, i can't belive it! OMG OMG OMG i'm so happy i don't know what to do...
    I had this crashes ever since i have bought this pc.
    It works real nice i have a Amd fx 8350 8core, 16gb ram, gtx660 2gb gddr5 , 750 watt PSU .
    If i was playing dota2 or cs go or gta 4, 5 , it runs real nice and smooth no lag but after sometime it randomly crashes.. sound freezes, monitor turns black sometimes pink sometimes white.. sometimes i have to switch off the psu so my pc can restart.
    After reading in two years lots of oppinions and try this try that.. i tried a lot of things non of the things worked for me............
    I can't belive it is so easy and nobody said this before, or i haven't read it on any forum by now.
    I accidentaly changed my resolution from the NVIDIA settings. Open Nvidia Control Pannel , click on Change Resolution under the Display tab.
    now you will see something like this.. Connector: HDMI - HDTV , Under connector you will see Resolution: Skip the HD - SD section, scroll down to the middle and click under the PC section your desired resolution.Click apply!

    no reboot needed. now enter your game , play and expect to get crashes ( you won't )

    thanks i hope i helped somebody in 2017 :)
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