Fix GTX970 Blackscreens


since my old GPU died, I have problems with random blackscreens - mostly while gaming and espacially while gaming and watching a video (with vlc or on youtube) or chatting via TS. When this crash happens, sound is briefly contorted and both monitors stay on standby. This sometimes happens more than 4 times an hour, sometimes just once per week. Nevertheless its really frustating and even there are tons of those posts out there I hope someone is able to tell me what is wrong.

My PC-specs:
Mainboard: ASUSTeK P8P67LE Rev X.0x with Sandy Bridge Rev 09 Chipset and P67 Rev B3 Southbrige. BIOS version 3801
CPU: i5 2500 (non-k and not overclocked)
RAM: 16 GB (2x4 + 1xCool DDR3 Dualchannel 686.8 MHz
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 970 EVGA, code name GM204, revision A1, driver version WHQL (ForceWare 836.47), BIOS version 84.04.1F.00.72
Power supply: Super-Flower SF550P14XE Golden Green Pro 80plus gold (550W)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

2 Displays: main connected with HDMI, second with DVI. After the "upgrade" of my GPU I resettet the (mainboard) BIOS.

Right now I am using the GPU Driver version 384.94, but in the past also 378.XY and higher

What I already tried:
-reinstall GPU drivers manually with cleaning
-reinstall GPU drivers with DDU, several times
-increasing wait time for the GPU in the registry (can't remember what it was called)
-limited maximal power consumption and/or coreclock (-250mHz) by MSI Afterburner
-used different connection types and combinations for the monitors
-reattached the GPU on the mainboard
-cleaned contacts
-checked for new BIOS versions (GPU / mainboard)
-changed the mainboard BIOS to "legacy" (have to look that up, too, can't remember the exact wording)
-try to find some informations in Windows' event-logger

With GPU-Z, I was able to log one recent crash:crashlog<br>

Thank you,

Discussion is locked
Reply to: Fix GTX970 Blackscreens
PLEASE NOTE: Do not post advertisements, offensive materials, profanity, or personal attacks. Please remember to be considerate of other members. If you are new to the CNET Forums, please read our CNET Forums FAQ. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Reporting: Fix GTX970 Blackscreens
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
- Collapse -
What's wrong

I doubt anyone can tell you that.

Try this.
Remove the side panel and test.
Remove that odd 1x8GB stick of ram and test.

- Collapse -
You've done most of what I would try.

CNET Forums