GTX 660 in MacPro causing shut downs?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by TL Onigiri, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. TL Onigiri macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2013
    After my recent upgrade to the EVGA GTX 660, my MacPro has been shutting down at random times while I working in Maya on my Windows partition. The card is about 2 weeks new and I thought the culprit could be power issues, temperature issues, or a faulty card. I've attempted to search for others that had the same issue as me but it seems like they have a variation to my problems. The temperature never exceeded 45C, there are no artifacts or issues when running a benchmark test (FurMark), and the new card only requires one of the power cords instead of 2 unlike the old card I had. When it shuts down I do not get any sort of prompt. It just shuts down as if I had held down the power button.

    I'm not sure what I should list as far as computer parts but here's a start:

    MacPro 3.1
    OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
    Ram: 6 GB FB-DDR2 @ 399MHz
    GPU: EVGA GTX 660 ftw edition 3gb

    my old card was EVGA GTX 285 mac edition and I've had zero problems with it.

    For my Mac OS if it matters it's version 10.8.4 and reads the 660 properly.
    If anyone can assist, let me know what other information I need to provide so I can get that asap.
  2. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2012
    One possibility is that the random shut down was caused by a faulty video card, or more likely faulty video ram on the card. You could use the Video Memory Stress Test mentioned here to check your VRAM. Good luck.
  3. TL Onigiri thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2013
    Tried out the Video Memory Stress test, results came back with 0 errors, aside from 2 not supported test runs.

    I also moved the GPU up to slot 2 after reading about some issues with it being it slot 1. Still working in Maya to see if the issue will occur again - up for any more suggestions.
  4. Asgorath macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2012
    Check your system log (/var/log/system.log) and look for any messages from NVDA.

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