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Is my 980 Ti Dying?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by SirConfused, 27 Jul 2021.

  1. SirConfused

    Hitman

    Joined: 3 Feb 2009

    Posts: 632

    So I've got a 980 Ti that's a bit long in the tooth at this point and a few months back it started behaving a bit strangely.

    In certain games, more than one but not all, I get major crashes to windows/full system hard locks. Generally it takes a while for the crashes to happen which would suggest temps but short of having a temp sensor in the loop I'm 99% convinced that isn't the issue. I was also previously cooling everything on a single 360 in a Corsair 800D but switched in Jan time - the issues started happening before the move. Temps on the GPU never got past 50 even on the single 360 rad loop so I haven't cooked it at any point in its life.

    The setup is a 9600k @ 4.8 (1.31V) and 980 Ti stock being cooled by 2x 360 fat boy rads in an O11D XL (bottom and side intake). The GPU is on a vertical mount.

    Some games that cause problems:
    Outriders
    Jedi: Fallen Order
    Witcher 3
    Rogue Company

    That's everything I can think of that might be relevant, so the question is... Is the GPU just straight up on the way out or is there something I might have overlooked which could be the cause of the problem?
     
  2. Kelt

    Capodecina

    Joined: 14 Nov 2007

    Posts: 12,212

    Location: With the færies wearing black cherries for rings

    My first question would be, what makes you believe the GPU may be faulty, as opposed to something else, like the CPU, mobo, PSU, or even software, for example?
     
  3. SirConfused

    Hitman

    Joined: 3 Feb 2009

    Posts: 632

    It's a fair question. I was mostly going with an assumption of GPU as it's the oldest component and the issues only occur when it's heavily loaded. If I run a cpu burn in prime or cinebench it doesn't have any issues and I recently replaced the PSU for a totally overkill unit so I'm confident that isn't the problem.
     
  4. Kelt

    Capodecina

    Joined: 14 Nov 2007

    Posts: 12,212

    Location: With the færies wearing black cherries for rings

    Well, if it were me, and I suspected a GPU fault, first thing I would do is disable all overclocks (if any) of the GPU, RAM, CPU, etc.

    Then I would run DDU.

    Then I would run something like Heaven Benchmark and see if I was still getting crashes.

    And I'd make a note of any error messages if getting BSOD's (you didn't indicate if you had any).
     
  5. Temp.sgk

    Gangster

    Joined: 26 Jun 2011

    Posts: 356

    Yeah its dying. But that said, you can prolong the life of that GPU by downclocking.
     
  6. Aretak

    Mobster

    Joined: 26 May 2014

    Posts: 2,558

    Is there anything being recorded in the system log section of Event Viewer when you get these crashes? That can be quite helpful for narrowing things down.
     
  7. Jay85

    Soldato

    Joined: 22 May 2010

    Posts: 7,004

    I would normally associate hard locks with cpu which may indicate your cpu overclock isn't working anymore. Try lowering the overclock and voltage on your cpu and see how you get on.

    I'm generalising here but gpu faults would normally cause the more common black screen with sound still playing or artifacts on screen etc. PSU would be the next in line i would point to fault, is the fan spinning on your psu? I had an instance before where the psu fan stopped working which caused the psu to overheat during prolonged gaming or workloads, hard locked and would require a restart.
     
  8. SirConfused

    Hitman

    Joined: 3 Feb 2009

    Posts: 632

    Thanks for the responses all.

    @Jay85 The PSU fan is fine, it still spins after powering down and it's only 7 months old, plus the crashes were happening with the previous PSU.

    @Aretak nothing useful unfortunately, just info stuff from when it boots up - nothing before.

    I've gone back to stock on the CPU to see if that fixes things. Will try some games tonight and see if there's any difference. I don't know if I've been lucky before but I've never seen a long term stable OC fail after a few years in this way.
     
  9. str

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,835

    You should limit your 980 TI to 80% power to see if that solves the problem.

    The hypothetical about some 980 TIs is that the power circuitry degrades over time and eventually a significant power draw reduction intermittently happens for a few frames. This issue stresses the weakest components on the PCB hence the crashes or for some their cards have gone up in smoke.

    My Gigabyte 980 TI G1 Gaming required the removal of two degraded but still intact ferrite beads and if I hadn't done so they would have gone up in smoke eventually and could have taken the card with them.
     
  10. tyler_jrb

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 Aug 2013

    Posts: 4,532

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Id agree and double check the CPU OC. if you have one set. Or disable all OC/set mem to stock 2133mhz run games again if you dont crash anymore then something wrong with your CPU OC or memory.

    Prime 26.6 (no avx) custom, tick run fft's in place then set min/max fft length at 12. Run for a couple of hours. I've ran normal prime 24hrs solid and then booted into a game and crashed multiple times. Only when i ran the above settings was my OC instability found.

    After that personally i'd run memtest x86 at xmp spec overnight see if you get any errors.

    Lockups are usually associated with CPU/RAM from experience.
     
  11. SirConfused

    Hitman

    Joined: 3 Feb 2009

    Posts: 632

    Yep, I'm feeling pretty stupid now. Looks like my CPU OC had gone sour. Going back to stock settings with just XMP enabled and running a few games for a couple of evenings now looks to have fixed it.

    Thanks for the advice all.