Display Driver Crashing, followed by various issues e.g. bsod

PirateGaming

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Hello, as of late I've been receiving this small error message after my screen goes dark reading the following: http://gyazo.com/e1ef7a06ef81316bbad21e81f23c15e4. This doesn't occur at a pattern noticeable by me, whether i'm playing a graphic intensive game, or using Chrome with one tab open. I've also noticed a distinct loss of FPS in any games after the driver crash.Here are the countermeasures I've already taken:

-Launch Safe Mode
-Use "Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) 12.9.7.0" to remove my video driver
-Restart in Safe Mode for good measure and re-install driver from nvidia site
-Restart normally
-Run sfc/ scannow followed by CCleaner
-Use BluScreenView to locate files at the heart of the problem:
"dxgkrnl.sys", "dxgmms1.sys", "nvlddmkm.sys", "Ntf.sys", lastly "ntoskrnl.exe"

The last 2 mentioned have been rare in comparison to the first 3, which are always clumped together.

Specs: (no overclocking)
CPU- i5 2500k
GPU- GTX 670 FTW
RAM-8gb patriot mem (4gb x 2)
MBO-P8Z68-V LX

**Please note at the time of writing this, i am leaving for work. Please do not expect immediate responses
 

rolli59

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I have experienced this with failing Vram on graphics card. Things to do is make sure card is clean (not overheating) and run memtest on your ram which if faulty can create the same symptoms. http://memtest.org/
 

PirateGaming

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I'll have to do the memtest later today, lets assume the VRAM is the problem, would i have to replace my card, RMA?
 

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Yes that would be a RMA issue! I struggled with a HD7950 card for 3 months until I did RMA that fixed that exact error.
 

PirateGaming

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Alright, i put in my old 560 TI in place of my 670 FTW, haven't had any issues yet, I'll keep posting here is any errors or problems show up. Thanks for the RMA suggestion, EVGA's 3 year warranty is amazing