Question Nvidia GTX 1050 - Intermittent black screen and display failure

Sep 20, 2020
1
0
10
0
I've been struggling with an issue for the last couple of months. My screen will go black, and my display will indicate no signal. Most often the display will reappear ~5 seconds later. I typically search and lurk and iterate through solutions to find my fixes, but I am at the end of my rope here. I'm hoping to find a solution that will get me through the next ~3 months until I might be able to find a GTX3070. I'm not positive this is a gpu issue, but that's where the failure is apparent so I've been working that angle the most.

System
650-WATT Thermaltake SMART Series SP-650P
asus z170-a-atx motherboard,
intel i3 6100
Crucial CRU817000 8GB DDR4 UDIMM 2133 MHz
asus nvidia GTX 1050,
asus vs278Q-P 27" display
Windows 10

Some random details
sometimes happens on desktop
more likely happens in games (tested w/ borderlands2, destiny2, civ6. when it happens in borderlands2 it's normally recoverable. civ6/dest2 game will crash.
sometimes goes weeks with no problem
sometimes happens every minute
sometimes comes back with no intervention
sometimes win+ctrl+shift+B will bring display back
sometimes stays dark and I have to hard restart system

Attempted solutions
uninstalled gpu by way of device manager, let system refind/install
updated gpu drivers (27.21.14.5206)
altered 3d settings on nvidia control panel - prefer max performance, vertical sync off
cleaned case, gpu, board, cpu. reapplied cpu thermal paste (silicone based, all I had onhand); reseated gpu
installed cpuid hwmonitor; sometimes power limit on gpu hits 1; unsure if this is a problem; temps peaks ~76 cpu, ~72 gpu; idle temps ~33 cpu, ~33 gpu
changed from dvi-hdmi cable to display port cable
reapplied arctic silver cpu thermal paste, cpu temp now peaks ~70
installed msi afterburner; when next blackscreen (bs) happened, I noticed I had reverse 'spikes' of gpu temp to 0, gpu mem clock to zero, fan speed to 0, no load limit to 0 - I assume while the bs occurred the gpu monitoring signal was lost for the duration
decoupled power limit and temp limit
set power limit to 107
nvidia control panel - openGL rendering GPU - set to GeForce GTX 1050; refresh rate set to 59 hz
drop gpu core clock -120 mhz; drop gpu core clock -400 mhz
drop gpu memory clock -502 mhz [WHITESCREEN - had to restart system]
drop gpu memory clock -64 mhz; drop gpu memory clock -129 mhz; drop gpu memory clock -210 mhz [WHITESCREEN - had to restart system]

Questions
What should I try next? (I don't have a secondary system to swap components around)
Think this is likely hardware issue? gpu? or maybe mobo, ps, or something else?
Know any software/methods that might help me track down the core issue?
 

ASK THE COMMUNITY

TRENDING THREADS