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Games started throwing artifacts and freezing a lot, cant seem to find a cause

Hi,
I have 1080gtx, 6700k, 16gb ram. Up until a week or so ago every game ran fine. Then, Fortnite started stuttering a bit. And today, even Overwatch started freezing heavily and lots of video artifacts appeared.

Games run a bit better straight after restart. And GPU doesnt get hotter than 70c.

I reinstalled drivers, updated bios, and removed overclock from the card.

What else I can do? Could it be software issue? Or hardware? (GPU is only months old...)

Thanks
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  1. If DDU in safe mode + fresh drivers doesn't help I'd try the card on another machine. Either the drivers are corrupted or the card needs to be RMA'd. If it artifacts in BIOS settings then it's probably the card failing. New cards sometimes need to be sent back.
  2. I did reinstall the drivers, but will do that again tomorrow using DDU.
    And how to check if it artifacts in BIOS settings?

    What I also noticed, that when the game is freezing, GPU usage keeps droping to 0% at that moment. That happens every 2-3 seconds for about 0.1sec. When that happens, it doesnt artifact, just whole PC freezes for 0.1sec repeatedly (if the game is in the background, whole PC freezes anyway).
  3. You would go into BIOS settings and see if there is any artifacting there.

    Try DDU first and go from there. When you install the fresh new drivers in normal Windows make sure to only install the driver and Physx. Leave everything else like the HD Audio and Geforce Experience unselected.
  4. There arent any artifacting outside of gaming (BIOS included).
    Will reinstall drivers with DDU and report back here in a day.
  5. Sorry for down vote. Accidentally hit it on my phone, it would not let me vote it back up again.
  6. phemark said:
    There arent any artifacting outside of gaming (BIOS included).
    Will reinstall drivers with DDU and report back here in a day.


    I am having the same exact problem with fortnite, someone said maybe Fortnite is doing that because of BattleEye just being installed. Dont know, but it also does it on league, and it didn't do it for me like a few weeks ago but it just started. Let me know if what you're doing to the drives helps because I can't seem to crack what it is.

    I even reset my whole PC, but that didn't help. The moderator Rouge Leader told me it could be internet lag so I would make sure everything with your internet is running smoothly, though it will not be the problem in your case.

    You could also run 3dmark, run Timespy and make sure everything goes well.

    Let me know what you find, I'll probably do the same.
  7. yes, for me it started with Fortnite BR (fortnite STW was running just fine). So I thought that it was Fortnite's fault. But yesterday, overwatch started showing similar symptoms, so thought maybe it is something else that is doing this... strange..
    will update my result tomorrow.
  8. phemark said:
    yes, for me it started with Fortnite BR (fortnite STW was running just fine). So I thought that it was Fortnite's fault. But yesterday, overwatch started showing similar symptoms, so thought maybe it is something else that is doing this... strange..
    will update my result tomorrow.


    I think mine is hard drive problems as well, I am going to buy a new one today. But let me know how it goes for you, I think like I said running Time Spy and FireStrike would be good just to make sure all of the key components in your computer are doing fine. Thats what I did and everything ran well, so then it must be something else. What was he talking about DDU? Whats that?
  9. - DDU = Display Driver Uninstaller

    - Failing hard drives do not cause graphical artifacting although they can cause freezing.
  10. Best answer
    Solved it!
    Did more reinstalls and testing, but the culprit was.... f----ng Nvidia Shadowplay HIGHLIGHTS. Disabled them, and no more freezing. aaaaaaa took me so long to find this.
    But the thing is, is that they were working fine a few weeks ago, saving my highlights just fine. Something mustve changed.

    But anyway, it is sorted now, thanks everyone:)
  11. Nvidia doesn't do shadow play for overwatch I thought?
  12. It does.
    They started a few months back and it worked fine (savings clips after each death/kill). But something mustve broken after 3.1 update, no idea.
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