Graphics card driver crashes with red square artifacts on screen (GTX 750 Ti)

It is a problem I have had for a while, and with several games, but I have been hesitant to ask for help, since it is not something that happens all the time. When the crashes happen, it looks like this:

Examples from Europa Universalis 4 and Dark Souls 2

  • Often I get a two second warning before a crash by the screen flimmering with smaller versions of the squares, or other visual artifacts like bright spots of different colors.
  • When testing in FurMark, the 720p preset presents no problems, but after some amount of time on the 1080p preset, the crash occurs. When playing games the crashes are somewhat far apart, depending much on the game I am playing. Fx, in Project Cars, which I have been able to play some of, now crashes everytime I enter a race after a few seconds.
  • The crashes have different effects on the computer. Just now when I ran the FurMark tests, the system recovered, and gave me a message from "NVIDIA OpenGL Driver" stating: "A TDR has been detected. The application must close; Error code: 7". Other times the system recovers and I get a message from the taskbar icon stating that the nVidia driver has been restarted. Must of the time though, the crashes are fatal and I must restart the computer manually.
  • Some games don't seem to crash, while as stated earlier, some crash regularly.
  • The problem does not seem to be provoked by high load.
  • The problem does not seem to related to the temperature of the GPU.

I have tried:
  • Installing the latest driver. The problem has been persistent throught several driver updates.
  • Resocketing the card.
  • Moving the card to another socket.
  • Moving the card back again after realizing the the second socket was running x1 mode.
  • Closing other applications while running games/simulations.

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K @3.3 GHz
GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti - 2GB GDDR
PSU: 850W Corsair something something
Nothing is overclocked AFAIK

Sorry about the wall of text. What I want to know is: Is it fixable? And if not, is the problem most probably with the GPU or the motherboard? Thanks in advance.
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  1. Seems like that GPU is failing man. I'd see if the company will RMA it.
  2. It seems that it would have to pay some money if I send it to them and they find that it isn't faulty for them. So is it somewhat certain that it is the GPU and not the motherboard? And that it's a hardware error?
  3. This is called artifacting, and it could very well be the fault of the graphics card. If you're using a card that is removable, take it out of the system and see if the problem goes away (If your system has integrated graphics).
    If the problem goes away, the card is indeed at fault and you will need to RMA it.

    This is usually due to overheating.

    Other things you could check are video cables/monitor.

    I don't think the motherboard would cause this issue.
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