I have a Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 graphics card and a dual monitor setup. Sometimes my screens go black and get a warning like:
Nvidia Kernel stops responding.
I tried a lot of things; specifically, I updated my OS, GPU driver, second GPU driver, motherboard BIOS and utilies. But I am still getting error sometimes, about once every two days. I downloaded a program called "EVGA PrecisionX 16" and use it with these settings:
As already mentioned I use two monitors which are identical, I mean they both have 1920x1080 resolution and are same model. I connect one of them first to my Nvidia GPU HDMI port and second one to Nvidia GPU DVI port. I usually use both of them, but while gaming I disable secondary (with help of a program called UltraMon) and use my primary monitor to play.
And while I am gaming I monitor values from this program and I observed max. 65°C in GPU temperature. I monitor my CPU temperature and fan speed and they appear to be normal. Am I wrong about my GPU voltage?
My hardware and software details:
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97M-D3H
- BIOS: 05/30/2014 14:12:20 ver:04.06.05
- Processor: Intel i5-4440 CPU @ 3.10 Ghz (4 CPUs) ~3.1 Ghz
- Memory: 8192MB (2 * 4096 MB Ram with Kingston brand)
- Operating System: Windows 7 Home Basic 64 Bit (6.1, Structure 7601) (with latest updates)
- First GPU: Intel HD Graphics Family 4600 (with latest driver and optimum settings)
- Secondary GPU: Zotac Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192Bit GDDR5 (DX12) PCI-E 3.0 (with latest driver and optimum settings)
- DirectX: DirectX 11
- PSU: 600 Watt
If you want more information about my system I can edit post.
EDIT : I uninstalled whole W7 and installed W8.1 64-Bit. There is no driver kernel error but sometimes, espeacially while playing game with background music with Windows Media Player , I got some audio freezing. Except this, there is no problem. It may be not a hardware problem.
UPDATE : Today(Feb 4th) I got this error again in Windows 8.1
UPDATE : (March 2015) I upgrade my 8 GBs RAM to 16 GB and have never got that error. I think this is the real milestone for this problem.