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My Second GTX 580 Died on Me, So SLI-less Stereo 3D For a While…

March 7th, 2011 · 9 Comments · Other S3D Tech


My bad luck with the hardware has struck me again, although this hasn’t happened for a while now. My second GeForce GTX 580 SLI card started showing artifacts all of a sudden even in 2D mode and it has turned out to be the card that has no warranty that I can use to get it replaced (be careful when getting hardware from abroad). So the last chance was to try to fix things with the help of an Infrared Heating Rework Station (this has helped bring quite a few cards back from the dead), but again no luck, meaning that the issue was not caused by the GPU or the memory chips not having good contact with the PCB for example as is the usual case after cards being overheated. I didn’t have high hopes for that anyway, since I’m using water cooling and both GTX 580s are kept very cool all the time, but still I had some hope. So thanks to my bad luck I’ll probably be using just a single GTX 580 for a while… and Crysis 2 is just coming, did I say I have really bad luck with hardware in the worst possible times ;)

Not that a single GTX 580 video card is not good for stereo 3D gaming, it is Ok in most of the cases, but you get spoiled when you have two in SLI and are not worried anymore of not hitting 60 fps per eye in stereo 3D mode… unless you try playing Metro 2033 with maximum details settings. I’m wondering when we are going to see a new Dual GPU video card (rumored to be called GTX 590) from Nvidia as AMD is getting active lately about their own such solution – Radeon HD 6990…

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nick 3DvB // Mar 7, 2011 at 18:22

    Bad luck man! 8( Nice to have an IR station though, I have to put my dead stuff in the oven! Lead-free solder was a stupid idea, it has caused more e-waste than anything else! Well at least you have an excuse to upgrade now… ; )

  • 2 Xwing // Mar 7, 2011 at 19:07

    Nick: how can he upgrade 2xGTX580 SLI? Oh wait, 590+580 TRI-SLI :D

  • 3 rob // Mar 7, 2011 at 19:46

    its companies fault for makeing faulty product I’d find no remorse for nvidia if you bought it at amazon.com and just switched cards and sent it back.

  • 4 pricing of samsung 950 // Mar 7, 2011 at 19:53

    Hey bloody, this just came out about new samsung 3d models

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/07/samsung-prices-950-series-3dtvs-in-korea-rest-of-the-world-soon/

  • 5 vance23 // Mar 7, 2011 at 23:18

    Ouch, that is expensive.

    Nice tip on warming up the component. How does one do that, or in an oven??

  • 6 Bloody // Mar 8, 2011 at 00:43

    You can also use a hair dryer, oven also may work (just don’t try microwaving it), but you should be extra careful with the temperature as you can easily burn the component.

  • 7 rob // Mar 8, 2011 at 01:00

    You should just buy a new one and swap it. I remember when you posted saying you got one and its been barely a month if that. I always buy at amazon cause they don’t ask questions as long as its less then 30 days. Its manufactor’s fault for makeing shoddy product (as long as you weren’t overclocking or whatever)

  • 8 rob // Mar 8, 2011 at 01:19

    O I confused your new motherboard for videocards, you had them for a while. I have a friend who repairs stuff. If your interested in selling contact my email eqzitara@yahoo.com

  • 9 Strangera // Mar 8, 2011 at 12:33

    Ouch! R.I.P. :(

    PS: I say, we destroy this one with high amount of explosives? In 3D? :P

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