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    Default Graphics card's vrm chokes leaking?

    My graphics card died today morning. Just out of the blue pc froze and would not respond to anything, leaving no choice but to hit reset. After it restarted display would remain black and the system wouldn't boot. Debug led was showing 62. Took out the gpu and sure enough, pc started like nothing happened. My initial inspection revealed nothing- no signs of board damage, no blown caps as far as I could see and the fans rotate when the system powers on. But after a while I spotted these:


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    Now, my knowledge in power electronics is very limited, but today is the first I've heard about chokes leaking. I've no idea if it came from factory like this, every one of the chokes in vrm is like this more or less. Is this the reason of the card's death? And what are the chances of a successful revival?

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    Cooler khule photo tulo. What card is it?
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    R9 270x. Warranty ase kina janina, paper khujtesi. Oijonno cooler khulinai.
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    This guy on overclock.net has the same issue I guess, from photos it looks similar ...

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1544049/l...okes-dead-card

    one guy identified the problem as overheating issue ( Chokes melted bcz of overheating)

    if the card doesn't have warranty one solution is to try oven heating method, even then its costly ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xanr4jkmEc

    I used 2 gpus from ATI ( radeon 2600 xt and AGP 9550 ) both of them died after 3 years ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chanchalcxi View Post
    This guy on overclock.net has the same issue I guess, from photos it looks similar ...

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1544049/l...okes-dead-card

    one guy identified the problem as overheating issue ( Chokes melted bcz of overheating)

    if the card doesn't have warranty one solution is to try oven heating method, even then its costly ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xanr4jkmEc

    I used 2 gpus from ATI ( radeon 2600 xt and AGP 9550 ) both of them died after 3 years ...
    Yeah, it is similar. I read it today, and the ending doesn't exactly fill me with confidence :/

    Now what's strange is that the gpu temps are usually normal and I regularly clean the cooler. I have no idea why this would happen, unless sapphire either a) used low quality chokes or b) messed up the cooler design.

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    Chokes doesn't have anything liquid, so as it is said already, something melted. If this choke is the reason the card is dead, oven method won't do anything at all. Find a shop that can replace motherboard/gpu capacitors, and ask them if they can replace the chokes. You'd probably need another dead donor card to get new chokes from.

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    Where is the card from?? UCC? If yes then there's a chance to have warranty as this one announced of 27th September 2013 and UCC has 2 years warranty. Try your luck and find the papers..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumit Pramanik View Post
    Where is the card from?? UCC? If yes then there's a chance to have warranty as this one announced of 27th September 2013 and UCC has 2 years warranty. Try your luck and find the papers..
    Yeah, from UCC. Found my paper, it passed the 2 years mark just one and a half months ago...

    - - - Updated - - -

    Okay, I checked some high-res images of some sapphire cards and the review cards also have them. So, I guess they are glues as stated in the 2nd post of the overclock.net link above.

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    You still might wanna check by UCC, despite the warranty.

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    Want to see my dead nvidia GPU collection? Funny enough, I have a Gigabyte 9600 XT AGP and A Palit 2600 XT PCI E working to this date. You conveniently forgot to mention that the issue you linked to with the card was an ex mining card. Miners, a vast majority of them don't really know what they are doing. They cram a bunch of cards together and more often than not, leave cards with an OC running 24/7 in the basement. Try doing that on your GTX 1070 and I guarantee you'll end up running to UCC for a RMA claim yet again.
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