GTX 670 Core clock Issues

mInInOwA

Honorable
Apr 4, 2012
86
0
10,640
Hello, everyone.
I recently purchased a new rig and today I finally got my hands on it. I thought it was going to be awesome, but I was wrong. The problem seems to be the graphics card - the MSI GTX 670 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127675) and it's core clock. I know the core clock should be fluctuating between the base and the boost clock, but my card just works in random frequences. When I play Skyrim, for example, at daytime it's almost always 1150 Mhz which is above the boost clock, and at night it's just between 700 and 800 Mhz, which causes lag. I also tried playing modern warfare, which was even worse. In that game, the closts dropped to as much 330 Mhz or something like that, but most of the time it was just 550 Mhz.
Is this normal, what can be done?

This is a printscreen after playing MW3 for a couple of minutes. As you can see, the core clock from time to time jumps to the base clock, however the increase is just temporary.

http://postimage.org/image/b4lz3cdph/
 

mInInOwA

Honorable
Apr 4, 2012
86
0
10,640
I have the latest, which should be the 301.42
Ok, so I'll try downloading the R300 driver, which, supposedly, is the previous driver.
 

maxh22

Honorable
Apr 23, 2012
644
0
11,060


ye try 301.34
 

mInInOwA

Honorable
Apr 4, 2012
86
0
10,640
Ok, downgraded my drivers, but the problem persists - I'm still getting weird clock, right now I'm running 660Mhz at Markath @ 54 FPS. And the temps should alos be a lot higer, I mean, this card should be around 80s, however I've never seen it go past 72, something's not right.
Any idea what else could it be?
 

mInInOwA

Honorable
Apr 4, 2012
86
0
10,640
Right now, the PC's running 3DMark11, I'll post the score and maximum temperature, when it's done, which should be in a few minutes.
 
G

Guest

Guest
if you care to, try manually adjusting it with precisionX
http://www.evga.com/precision/
 

mInInOwA

Honorable
Apr 4, 2012
86
0
10,640

Thanks for the advice, but no thanks. I really don't want to fiddle with the card, as I fear of the situation when the card swap is refused because I've changed something. From where I am, human rights aren't assa protected as they are in the States.
 

mInInOwA

Honorable
Apr 4, 2012
86
0
10,640
Anyway, just played Skyrim, while monitoring the Voltage and instead of boosting it, the card undervolts itself, I just don't understand why is this happening ;(
 
G

Guest

Guest
i wasn't suggesting you overclock/volt the card. just set it on default to see if it makes a difference.
msi has afterburner
http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm
but i find precisionX easier.

if you feel that the customer support from MSI would be different if you use their supported software because of the country you live in; well i guess that severely limits the options here and just go for an RMA.
 

IvanTheTerrible84

Honorable
Jun 7, 2012
5
0
10,510


I had the exact same problem with my Gigabyte gtx670, I rma'd it and now everything runs great. It's just a faulty card IMO.
 

mInInOwA

Honorable
Apr 4, 2012
86
0
10,640
Ok, set the fan speed to 60. In skyrim menu the core clock is 324 Mhz and voltage 0.987V, managed to get it up to 1137 Mhz at 1.162V. The boost does turn on, it's just really random and most of the time it's under the base clock. Could it be because it's maxing out 60 fps, thus throttling itself down?
 

IvanTheTerrible84

Honorable
Jun 7, 2012
5
0
10,510


Do you have any stuttering issues, does the screen black out for a second before that?.
 

mInInOwA

Honorable
Apr 4, 2012
86
0
10,640

Well, it did stutter in Markath, but no black screens. Does your card's clock drop below it's base clock?
 

IvanTheTerrible84

Honorable
Jun 7, 2012
5
0
10,510


Yeah, the voltage would drop to 0.987 volt while running games and benchmarks and the base clock will go to about 700 mhz. I tested the card in 3d mark and while the card usually got P9500 when working well it would drop to around 4500 when the voltage dropped.
 

Ray Charles

Distinguished
Apr 15, 2008
211
0
18,690
Just simply install or reinstall the 301.42 driver on the Express (recommend) option nothing spectacular and use gpu-z's render test found via the blue question mark (?) to the right of Bus Interface on the first page (graphics card tab) to monitor the max Core clock for the correct performance. Try an see if this works this solved my similar problem with my gtx 460!
 

mInInOwA

Honorable
Apr 4, 2012
86
0
10,640
PSU -OCZ Modxstream pro 600W
I was just playing Dirt showown - all settings set to ultra, 4xMSAA @ 1080p and the temperature got to a 100 degrees, that was the moment i tapped alt+F4 and closed the game. I mean, even at the fan speed set to 100%, the card couldn't cool itself and reached the 100 degrees mark. after that I set the settings to high and the card doesn't even reach 70. The card is factory OC to 1045, but it the actual load frequency is 1150 Mhz, which could be causing the problem.
 
Time to RMA your card. It should never get to 100c load temperatures under any circumstances. The erratic clock speeds, which go below the 3D clocks could be a driver problem, but in this case it is clear you have a defective board.
 

mInInOwA

Honorable
Apr 4, 2012
86
0
10,640
Ok, updated the driver to the newest and now the temps didn't even pass the 80 degree mark , leveling out at 75 @ ultra. It seems that it was only a driver issue, because the temps have droped by aproximately 25% wthout any impact on the overall performance (I'm still maxing out at 60fps). Could this all just be a driver issue, because now it's definately fixed.
 
G

Guest

Guest
looks like the OP figured it out, after the community rallied around and supported their efforts.