GPU: XFX 7850 2GB
Mobo: EVGA nvidia nForce i750 SLI FTW
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00 GHz
PSU: OCZ 600W
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP 1
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500 GB
DVD R/W x 1
Recently flashed my BIOS to the latest possible version (it's an old mobo):
BSOD's are not easily reproducible. So far, it's happened only when I play Skyrim, after maybe 40+ minutes of gaming (but not always, as I've gone longer than that without experiencing the BSOD). What happens is that I would see artifacting on the screen: typically long, thin, triangles pointing to the center of the screen, when the artifacting occurs there is a GPU temperature spike (it goes to around 66 degrees celcius), and then the BSOD. The first BSOD I experienced, there was no artifacting. I had exited Skyrim and launched FireFox, and was immediately hit with a BSOD with that error message.
Using MSI Afterburner to keep track of the GPU temp, it normally does not go above 60 - 62 degrees celcius during Skyrim (idles at 27 - 30 degrees celcius). I can't reproduce the BSOD using GPU stress testing utilities like Furmark and MSI Kombuster (highest temperature seen is 66 degress celcius).
Driver versions I've used:
1) installed new GPU, uninstalled old nvidia driver, cleaned orphan nividia driver files in safe mode using Driver Sweeper, installed catalyst driver version 13.1. Experienced first BSOD in Skyrim.
2) uninstalled catalyst 13.1, cleaned orphan files in safe mode using Driver Sweeper, installed catalyst driver 12.11 beta.
3) uninstalled 12.11 beta, cleaned orphan files in safe mod using Driver Sweeper, installed catalyst driver 13.2 beta 3.
4) uninstalled 13.2 beta 3, used the new AMD driver cleaner utility in safe mode. Installed catalyst driver 13.2 beta 5.
I experienced BSOD in Skyrim with all these driver versions based on the pattern described above, but never during stress testing using MSI Kombuster of Furmark. I've tried reseating the GPU to the second PCI-E slot on my mobo. memtest88 8 passes without errors to rule out memory issues.
Every time I (re)install a new driver version, it will work nicely for a day or two, then BSODs. The beta drivers after 13.1 solve some minor artifacting I was seeing in Skyrim.
Have mini dumps if anyone wants to read them.
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