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    ASUS ARES III Artefacts When Running Unigine Heaven 4.0

    Hi everyone, I recently received my ARES III and have installed in my newly built rig. After installing all of the drivers, I decided to test the ability of the ARES III by running Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark. To my horror, after running it for one minutes, there seems to appear artefacts and the screen freezes. After that, "Display Driver Have Stopped And Successfully Recovered" pops up. This is a new build, with Windows 8.1 freshly installed.

    I don't think it's the temps because the highest temps before it was freezing was 59c... I just hope it's not the card's VRAM... also, there are 6 PCIE-E Led and only 3 is lighting up. Could that be the problem? Is my PSU not enough? Here' is my spec, Please help this n00b guys.

    Intel Core i7 4790K 4.00Ghz
    ASUS Maximus VII Formula
    Avexir Blitz 16 GB Ram 1600Mhz
    Intel 730 Series SSD x2 (RAID 0)
    WD Red HDD x2 (RAID 1)
    Corsair AX1200i PSU 1200 Watt
    Koolance Exos 2 (For the ASUS ARES III)
    XSPC Raystorm AX240 (For the CPU and MOBO)

    EDIT: There is no artefacts when running in 2d, hd videos, youtube, etc.
    Last edited by kraizer81; 12-30-2014 at 11:13 AM.

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    3 LEDs is fine. What about other games or 3D programs? Which drivers are you using?

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    Thank you for replying. First, I used the latest driver which is the Omega Driver if I am not mistaken. It produces the artefacts like I mentioned earlier. So I uninstalled it, did a driver sweeper and rebooted. Next, I used the driver from ASUS Support website, I think it was version 14.2 but still the artefacts persist. Funny because 2D is working normally, I am using Furmark and Unigine for testing. Oh, I haven't tried any games yet.

    EDIT: I updated the bios for the ARES III from ASUS site and installed CCC 14.4. Tested Unigine Heaven at Extreme, "Display Driver Have Stopped And Successfully Recovered" pops up again, but there was no more artifacts this time around. So I figured I will try playing Dragon Age Inqusition... 1 Minute into the game, it hard locks. Had to reset to get back to windows. I monitored the GPU and VRM temps, both are very low, 59c and 47c respectively. I don't understand what is going on... please advice guys!
    Last edited by kraizer81; 12-31-2014 at 07:38 AM.

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    After rigorous testing, trials and errors... I've finally pin pointed the problems to my ARES III;

    1) CPU was overclocked too much causing system instability, I assume overclocking also involves the PCI-E bus. Hence the artifacting.
    2) Unigine and Furmark stresses the GPU too much that it causes artifacting even on stock clocks.

    Today, I installed Assassin's Creed Unity, played with the highest settings for hours. No artifacting occured, smooth and free of errors. So, the conclusion is my ARES III is perfecto! Yay! Scared me the last few days. Hope everything is okay with other ARES III owners

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    My Ares III is fine. I haven't used Heaven though. I played Alien Isolation and Risen 3 through with my card, after I put it back in the box (I became a father and got rid of my WC).
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