What causes striped shadows (graphical glitches)?

#1 Edited by BBAlpert (1578 posts) -

I started playing Enslaved: Odyssey to the West on Steam today, but I noticed some weird graphical issues, particularly during cutscenes. My graphics card is a GTX 570. I have a feeling it's a heat problem, as MSI Afterburner was showing temperatures of around 97 C during gameplay (and is showing an idling temperature of 73 C right now...)

So if it is a heat problem as I suspect, do you have any suggestions on how to get it running any cooler? Thanks!

A screenshot of the problem, specifically on the guy's neck and right shoulder

#2 Posted by Chumley_Marchbanks (158 posts) -

@bbalpert: It's nothing to do with heat, so don't worry. I've seen this with other games as well and it's just the result of low resolution shadows or a poor shading implementation. Not much you can do about it I'm afraid.

#3 Posted by BBAlpert (1578 posts) -

@bbalpert: It's nothing to do with heat, so don't worry. I've seen this with other games as well and it's just the result of low resolution shadows or a poor shading implementation. Not much you can do about it I'm afraid.

Really? Well that's a relief then. Thanks.

#4 Posted by ShaggE (6712 posts) -

While that's not an overheat issue, you are running too hot. Do you dust your fans regularly, and vent out to an open area?

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#5 Posted by BBAlpert (1578 posts) -

@shagge said:

While that's not an overheat issue, you are running too hot. Do you dust your fans regularly, and vent out to an open area?

I dust it out from time to time, although I haven't gotten in and around the graphics card lately. I've been meaning to pick up a can of compressed air and get that cleaned out. The wires and cables in my case are also kind of a mess, so I figure that airflow is a problem too.

#6 Edited by MB (13134 posts) -

97 is the max your GPU is designed for, which probably means it's undervolting itself to prevent a complete failure. It should not be getting that hot.

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#7 Posted by AMyggen (3650 posts) -

You should do whatever you can do get the temperature down. Running at that heat isn't healthy for your machine.

#8 Posted by ShaggE (6712 posts) -

@bbalpert said:

@shagge said:

While that's not an overheat issue, you are running too hot. Do you dust your fans regularly, and vent out to an open area?

I dust it out from time to time, although I haven't gotten in and around the graphics card lately. I've been meaning to pick up a can of compressed air and get that cleaned out. The wires and cables in my case are also kind of a mess, so I figure that airflow is a problem too.

Yeah, I'd definitely get that taken care of ASAP. That's dangerously hot.

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#9 Posted by mrcraggle (1979 posts) -

Damn, that's super hot even for idle. Doesn't leave much overhead. Idle for my CPU is around 30-33 C while my GPU is currently 29 C.

#10 Posted by CornBREDX (6041 posts) -

looks like poor shading and shadow rendering. Probably not anything to do with your graphics card and more to do with it being a port of a console game so the shadows just aren't very well rendered (as it renders better that way on consoles).

#11 Posted by FlamingHobo (4512 posts) -

@bbalpert: This has nothing to do with overheating in this case. Enslaved is a really bad port. There is a guide that you can find to address this and a number of other graphical issues in the game.

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