Dual GTX 590 Question

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Dual GTX 590 Question

  • Long story short, I received a replacement computer and went from dual HD 6990's to dual GTX 590's. I like NVIDIA more, but, I've noticed it won't let me use 60hz. I have the 21.5" Alienware monitor, and am pretty sure it's capable of 60hz.

    After attempting to switch to the native resolution 1920x1080 60hz, it won't let me; it stays at HD 1920x1080 1080p.

    However, Battlefield 3 still doesn't work very well with anything above 'low' settings, which is very frustrating. It happened on my last computer too... I have used the most up to date drivers on both set of GPU brands.

    I havn't gotten to test any other games aside from WoW and BF3, because it's taking forever for me to install all my games off Steam again (I let them all run on download all through the night, and all through work today, and none of them have finished downloading... O_o).

    Sorry for all the text! Looking forward to your feedback!

    Edit: I should also mention, that if you look at my track record on this forum, I have had issues like this with every computer I've received. That's 8 total computers --I find that hard to believe.

    • Alienware Area-51 ALX
    • 6GB 1866MHz DDR3 Kingston Tri-Channel Memory
    • Intel Core i7 980x Extreme Six Core Processor (3.33GHz, 12MB Cache)
    • Dual NVIDIA GTX 590 SLI Enabled
    • 512GB Raid 0 (2x 256GB Samsung Solid State HDDs)
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
    • Alienware TactX Mouse
    • Alienware TactX Keyboard
    • Alienware AW2210 OptX Full HD Gaming Monitor

     

  • In fact, HD 1920x1080 1080p doesn't mean your screen isn't running @ 60Hz, since 1080p just means your screen runs in 1920x1080.

    Concerning Battlefield 3, that's quiet strange... I'm running it with everything on ULTRA on 3 screens with 2 GTX 580 in SLI. Can you run a tool like GPU-Z and post a screenshot here ? Like this :

    Then, try to right click on your desktop> Nvidia Control Pannel  and check that you're running in SLI. The default option is one card runs the screen and the other one runs the PhysX.

  • @ Lt_Rush3r

    How did you change your GTX 580 Bios version. On my graphic card it said 70.10.17.00.01 too but when i opened GPU-z it showed up as 70.10.10.00.01

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  • The 59Hz/60Hz thing is a bug to do with how Windows reports your monitor frequency. See here: support.microsoft.com/.../2006076 It's not really anything to worry about. 

  • Alright, so, I took some snaps from GPU-Z, 1 with fullscreen and stuttering, 2 with window mode, and no stuttering, and 3, sensors while stuttering again.

    1:

    2:

    3:

    And yes, for some reason, in windows mode, BF3 runs flawlessly on ultra.

    I have tried drivers 290 and 295, both have their own little issues, but neither of them help me with my games.

     

    • Alienware Area-51 ALX
    • 6GB 1866MHz DDR3 Kingston Tri-Channel Memory
    • Intel Core i7 980x Extreme Six Core Processor (3.33GHz, 12MB Cache)
    • Dual NVIDIA GTX 590 SLI Enabled
    • 512GB Raid 0 (2x 256GB Samsung Solid State HDDs)
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
    • Alienware TactX Mouse
    • Alienware TactX Keyboard
    • Alienware AW2210 OptX Full HD Gaming Monitor

     

  • OsirisEG

    And yes, for some reason, in windows mode, BF3 runs flawlessly on ultra.

    And this "window" is almost as large as the full monitor?

    On the BF3 icon, Compatibility tab ... are "Disable Visual Themes" and "Disable Desktop Composition" both checked?


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  • Negative, neither of them are checked.

    • Alienware Area-51 ALX
    • 6GB 1866MHz DDR3 Kingston Tri-Channel Memory
    • Intel Core i7 980x Extreme Six Core Processor (3.33GHz, 12MB Cache)
    • Dual NVIDIA GTX 590 SLI Enabled
    • 512GB Raid 0 (2x 256GB Samsung Solid State HDDs)
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
    • Alienware TactX Mouse
    • Alienware TactX Keyboard
    • Alienware AW2210 OptX Full HD Gaming Monitor

     

  • OsirisEG

    Negative, neither of them are checked.

    Right. So, check them both and see if it helps it to run FullScreen.


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  • It didn't do anything. :(

    I was wondering if my PC is not receiving enough voltage from the wall socket. My house is extremely old, and when I measued the amount of voltage coming from it, it capped out at 116v.

    I will mention that, no matter which computer it was, it had similar problems. I.E. It works okay for the first 5 or so minutes and then I get a constant stutter.

    • Alienware Area-51 ALX
    • 6GB 1866MHz DDR3 Kingston Tri-Channel Memory
    • Intel Core i7 980x Extreme Six Core Processor (3.33GHz, 12MB Cache)
    • Dual NVIDIA GTX 590 SLI Enabled
    • 512GB Raid 0 (2x 256GB Samsung Solid State HDDs)
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
    • Alienware TactX Mouse
    • Alienware TactX Keyboard
    • Alienware AW2210 OptX Full HD Gaming Monitor

     

  • Well, if it can run Windowed (a window the same size of the full monitor), that would seem to indicate it does indeed have the power to push that amount of pixels around at that resolution. That points to a software problem ... either the nVidia driver or more likely BF3 itself... maybe look for some BF3.ini tweaks or a new patched version.

    As far as your power situation ... one of these will optomize your power, and the display will give you a read-out of that's coming in and going it (output will be adjusted optimal)

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/APC+-+1500VA+Battery+Back-Up+System+-+Black/9307831.p?id=1218081367518&skuId=9307831

    With questionable power (and a high-performance, expensive machine) I would never think of NOT using one. Actually, I wouldn't think of running ANY desktop computer without one.


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  • OsirisEG

    It didn't do anything. :(

    Remove BF3 from the equation. Try Heaven benchmark or  FutureMark.


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    256gb Samsung 830 SSD / 1tb HDD ~ LG Blu-Ray ~ USB 3.0 PCIe
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  • Could you give me a link to a secure download, please? >_>

    Edit: Nevermind. lol

    Edit2: It's going to take awhile... xD

    Edit3: For FutureMark, which one should I download? I see 2 3DMarks and 2 PCMarks.

    • Alienware Area-51 ALX
    • 6GB 1866MHz DDR3 Kingston Tri-Channel Memory
    • Intel Core i7 980x Extreme Six Core Processor (3.33GHz, 12MB Cache)
    • Dual NVIDIA GTX 590 SLI Enabled
    • 512GB Raid 0 (2x 256GB Samsung Solid State HDDs)
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
    • Alienware TactX Mouse
    • Alienware TactX Keyboard
    • Alienware AW2210 OptX Full HD Gaming Monitor

     

  • OsirisEG

    Could you give me a link to a secure download, please? >_>

    http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19366895.aspx


    Alienware Aurora ~ Intel i7-930 ~ 12gb ram ~ AMD HD-5870
    256gb Samsung 830 SSD / 1tb HDD ~ LG Blu-Ray ~ USB 3.0 PCIe
    Dell 24" UltraSharp u2410 LCD ~ Dell 22" LCD

    All my Dell Machines and Specs

    Wiki-like Threads I've written and other Favorites

    Posting Tips:
    - Always provide machine make, model, specs and software versions.
    - Click the button if we answered your question.

    Registered Microsoft Partner
    & Apple Developer:

    Gaming when I'm not programming.

    I answer questions here, but
    I'm not a Dell employee.

  • Thanks for the easy access downloads, I'll probably download more of the tools you listed on that page.

    Heaven Benchmark finished downloading and I'll be looking into it shortly, and currently downloading 3Dmark. However, after further playing in windows mode, it began doing the same thing as full screen. It took a bit longer, but it started acting up in the same way.

    Edit 1: What should I use for 'specs' on the heaven set-up page? Anti-Aliasing? High Tesselation? Anisotropy? Shaders? Etc. Etc.

    • Alienware Area-51 ALX
    • 6GB 1866MHz DDR3 Kingston Tri-Channel Memory
    • Intel Core i7 980x Extreme Six Core Processor (3.33GHz, 12MB Cache)
    • Dual NVIDIA GTX 590 SLI Enabled
    • 512GB Raid 0 (2x 256GB Samsung Solid State HDDs)
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
    • Alienware TactX Mouse
    • Alienware TactX Keyboard
    • Alienware AW2210 OptX Full HD Gaming Monitor

     

  • Your card is from Asus, maybe it takes more time to update... @OsirisEG Check your temps. Run your game at Ultra, with GPU-Z in the background (with the "Refresh window while in backgroud" enabled) and when your game finally crashes, check the highest temp it registered. 50% of the 590's airflow stays in the case, so it can be critical with SLI enabled. How are you cooling them ? Do you have a free PCI-E slot between the cards ?