I will have to check, but this might take a while.
Mar 18 2019
Nov 14 2017
After seeing this I tried installing photoshop trial and it indeed fixes the issue for blender (and Gimp, and Inkscape)
Dec 13 2016
On clean ubuntu-gnome 16.04 install cuda works alright so it looks like it might be something with my configuration.
Dec 12 2016
More tests show that the card series actually doesn't matter. When I select any two cards the system breaks. Any single card works.