- 13 months ago
I bought a GTX970 a few years back. The full product description from Frys.com was: (ASUS STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card)
Recently, my Windows 10 PC has been BSOD'ing about every day or so. Sometimes 2-3 times per day, I haven't changed the hardware in a long time, and I hadn't update drivers before it started happening, it just sorta started one day.
The error itself is DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION and I've used some tools to look at the minidump that windows generates and it seems to call out the NVidia drivers (nvlddmkm.sys) as causing the problem.
I've tried a handful of things - updating as many drivers as I could find and then blindly following instructions on the internet to change my SATA driver and to disable NVidia HD Audio in Device Manager.
The crashing happens when I'm surfing the web or whatever, I haven't been doing anything GPU intensive.
Does this sound like a hardware issue/does anyone have any advice to fix it? I will mention, probably about six months ago, I'd hear a weird buzzing that I assumed was a fan but it happened super rarely and I was never able to track it down. Whenever I looked, everything seemed to be spinning fine. I don't hear that noise anymore, but it also makes me think maybe something is physically wrong.
Finally - if it is broken - can anyone recommend an affordable replacement that would be about as powerful? I'm probably looking at it wrong, but the PassMark GPU benchmarks make it seem like I'd have to spend $250-$300 to get a card that is on par with what I bought in 2015 (for $350)?!?! Or can I buy a much better video card that would still be decent enough to go in my new build that I plan on doing in 14 months (March of 2020)
Thanks a lot
EDIT: I forgot to mention - I did a fresh install of Windows 10 about a week ago.