Operating system and graphics card
Windows 10 Pro
OS Build 14393.1358
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K CPU @ 4 GHz
Installed Ram: 32 GB
Two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Driver: 23-Feb-2017 18.104.22.16878
Update: Downloaded and applied the latest drivers for NVIDIA GTX 970
Driver version 27-Jun-2017 22.214.171.12476
No change after the update.
Broken: 2.78c 2017-02-24 14:33
Workstation immediately becomes unstable when using Cycles Render.
Exact steps for others to reproduce the error
- Open any tutorial files from the "Introduction to Materials" course from PluralSight course. This is a fairly simple scene.
- Regardless of the Cycles Compute Device setting under Blender User Preferences (May be set to None, CUDA with one GTX 970 selected or CUDA with both GTX 970 selected-render produces instability with any of these settings)
Render with Cycles makes the system unstable. Often producing the blue screen: Gathering Information... or extremely slow response.
- Follow the course instruction - as soon as Cycles Render engages, the workstation becomes unstable.
- No instability encountered if I use CUDA to leverage Mathematica on the same workstation or a VS 2017 project.