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POS 780i... 5th one sucks too.... help!

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  1. Fitseries3

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    this is my 5th evga 780i board now. it is doing the same CRAP all the others have done.
    :banghead::mad::banghead::mad::banghead::mad::banghead::shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu

    here's the deal...

    5 BRAND NEW, SEALED BOX, Evga 780i boards now have run fine for about 24hours at bios defaults. the minute i go back and set something different it wont boot and corrupts data on the hard drive to where i cant boot into windows without reinstalling. you may think, "he set something wrong or overclocked to far". NO!
    EXAMPLE: i have a set of OCZ 1066mhz 2x1gigs... they have ran fine for MONTHS at 1066mhz at the 2.3v stock settings WITH EPP on in the bios of my 680i. my 780i will boot and run fine with the OCZ's set to 667mhz @ 1.8v BUT... i set them to run 1066mhz, voltage is auto set to 2.3v and timings are set correctly from SPD settings.... reboot, beeeeeeeeep! nothing. then... i turn the machine off, boot it up again, it shows 1066mhz, right voltage and timings. tries to boot into windows and BAM! dead. BSOD! i have had countless DIFFERENT error codes that point to EVERY piece of hardware in the whole damn machine being problematic.

    you may be thinking, "dude, it's your ram!" NO!!
    EXAMPLE: lets say i leave the ram alone.... and now im gonna set the proper multi and FSB settings along with the CPU:mem divider. dont touch voltage at all, everything still running at stock speeds. reboot....... BAM! dead. reboot again.... boots fine with all setting(set by me) in tact, (fresh load of windows now) BSOD! not even system restore or vistas boot fix will work.

    now your thinking "have you tried XP?" YES, i have. same CRAP!

    other things i've tried.....

    different ram
    different video cards
    different dvd drive
    different PSU
    different hard drives
    different CPU's
    even different motherboards

    same damn problem!!!! :banghead::banghead::banghead:

    here's the kicker.....
    i go back to the 680i and everything works FLAWLESS. even overclocked!

    so now your thinking, " dont use a 780i man. sell it." i have 2 currently that really dont qualify for RMA because they work fine at bios defaults. does anyone want to buy a registered POS 780i? NO! im stuck with $500+ in motherboards that are complete crap.

    EVGA, i want my damn money back.... NOW!

    if you have ANY suggestions... PLEASE let me know.
     
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    Just get a different board, it clearly doesn't like something of yours in it. If they won't refund you, get a new sealed one from them again and sell that on eBay.
     
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    thats what i plan on doing. i've gotta wait for the RMA's. my 680i has been a real killer board for about a year now. i guess it likes me.... and my stuff. i guess i'll take the money from the 780i's and get a 790i and UBER-expensive ddr3.
     
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    one thing i for got to mention....

    i had my 3rd 780i running for about 7 hours and it did pretty good. but the next morning it did the same crap.

    here is the SS of my bench...
     

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    dude why don't you get the asus version of the 780i they are like 250 but they are alot more reliable than evga and alot more stable also.
     
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    This may prove a little pointless but, I'm just wondering whether its a heat issue as your sys spec's tell me your watercooling and air flow will be limited around your mosfet heatsinks. Just a thought. :twitch:
     
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    indeed.

    Simplify things: run it out of a case with stock (air) cooling on all components. Point a desk fan at it for testing. Just rule out a hardware conflict (cooling, shorting)

    Its possible something like the mosfets is overheating due to a deadspot in your system, as dia01 has said. So give it a shot and see if it helps!
     
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    really? i've heard that the asus 780i are worse than the reference boards. let me know where you heard that. im interested in seeing how they do. i would switch if it took care of my problems.
     
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    EVERY SINGLE BOARD was run out of the case. tried intel stock cooler on cpu and used stock coolers on my gtx and GT cards. tried different ram, cpu. very good cooling setup on my bench system. even the temps measured up fine. cooler than my 680i that WORKS. the only hardware conflict is the board. it's conflicting with my ability to use my computer.
     
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    From many reviews I have read that included Asus and EVGA (I was seriously thinking of getting a 780i for my two Palit 8800GT's), the XFX 780i seems to be the best one from what I can see.
     
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    it's the same as the evga one. even the bios's are same. im might give the asus a try before i scrape the whole idea. my 680i is looking golden right now. im glad i didn't sell it yet.
     
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    ok, so you did all those.

    I'm trying to look for that stupid niggling flaw, or overlooked thing that can cause really random screwups on some hardware.

    They were all ran out of a case - are they earthing properly? maybe it needs to be IN a case?

    You;ve tried other hardware, so its jsut trying different variations with the same hardware.
     
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    yeah. im about to install my knee to the backside of this POS!

    i thought it was my ram but i tried ram that is completely different and it causes something else to happen. like right now.. i just got a 0x00000018 REFERENCE_BY_POINTER error. the error codes are very random. never the same one twice.

    i have tried them in cases as well. same things happen. it all started when i got the first 780i board. this hardware has run on my 680i's for about a year SOLID without error.
     
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    i'm seriously out of ideas here. you seem to have a bitch of a problem.
    Is there any available bios updates?
     
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    OH, DONT EVEN GO THERE! the p03 bios is worse than the p02 that comes on the board. my second 780i i updated the bios to the p03 and it boot fine at bios defaults. if you change anything.... it's done. it gives POST codes like crazy. i got A0(not found anywhere) 11, 1d, 25, 2d. they all stop and hang on random codes. sometimes the board would jump straight to FF without posting at all.
     
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    i've gone and looked up pics of the board, and apart from making sure all the chipset/mosfet coolers are properly greased i cant think of anything.

    Everything else is negated by you trying various hardware combos, as commonly this would be bad ram, overheating, or power related
     
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    WHAT ERROR IS POSTING ON THE MB LCD SCREEN?
    i had a same problem it was my video card though using a 8800GT in a EVGA 680i AI then goin to a EVGA 780i didnt like it, wouldn't post screen in windows would black out some time's, i got a 8800GTS EVGA no problem at all
     
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    And for OCZ ram i hate that stuf, i had so many problems with it when i was using my 680i, i had 4GB OCZ REAPER 1066MHZ, i've only had one problem with my board and i fixed it im using a p03 bios no problems, and i tested the 8800GT worked fine in PCI-e 1.1 boards,think its some thing to do with the 8800's,they didn't like the swap, i had a 8400GS that worked fine i keeped try the GT but no hope did the same thing ova and ova work for a day then dead,then i would use the GS for a day or two then try the GT, wouldn't post just beep, and when i did get it to post would BSOD or just go black.
     
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    the code that it give me are in post 15 on this page. the one that stumps me is the A0 code. i have yet to find what it means. as for the ram.... my corsair's and my gskill's do the same crap on all the 780i's ive had.

    and you said the screen would blank out... yes mine did that when it was working. the nvlddmkm would crash and not recover causing a BSOD and reboot. i couldn't stay in windows long enough to attempt to fix the problem. i uninstalled ALL the nvidia drivers in safe mode and used driver cleaner. it did the same thing over and over no matter what driver i installed. i reinstalled windows 12 times since then.
     
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    have you tried a low end card or a card that hasn't been used? i believe A0 just mean's no post if i can rember what evga told me
     
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    guys, im not trying to be a pain in the ass here. these problems are just eating away at my sanity. forgive me if i sound annoyed. you ARE helping and that's what matters. thanks.
     
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    pulled a brand new 8800gt out of the box and same thing happens. also tried a 7600gt card that i keep around for testing boards. same problems
     
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    umm still think it a problem with some thing not being recognized properly, see i oc'ed my cpu and GT my never left my cpu oc'ed only my GT so i thought it was some sort of problem with it running at higher clocks.
     
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    i've tried the following...

    different cpus... e6300, e8400, q6600
    video cards... GTX, GT, 7600GT
    bios... p02, p03
    ram... ocz, gskill, corsair
    cpu cooler... intel stock, zalman 9700, d-tec fusion
    OSes...vista32/64, xp
    dvd drives... samsung, sony
    PSU...enermax galaxy 1kw, infinity 720watt, thermaltake 1000watt
    hard drives... seagate 250gig, raptors raid and non raid
    replaced TIM on NB/SB/NF200
    tried different monitors

    the power is being filtered by a power conditioner. i have tried running without the conditioner and same problems occur.
     
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    well if you had the same problem with 5 evga 780i boards then is some thing your missing or you got a bad bach of board's made with the same problem,like i said i've had my ova 2 months now and had no problems, i would contact evga and ask if any one else has had this problem.
     

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