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6600GT burnt out

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Tigjaw, 25 Jul 2006.

  1. Tigjaw

    Hitman

    Joined: 6 Oct 2005

    Posts: 659

    Location: West Midlands

    I made a thread the other day called 'Computer Smoking' and today I found out my PSU and graphics card had died. The repair man replaced the PSU but couldn't replace the 6600GT because it was not part of the original computer. (he came as part of the insurance).

    The graphics card has been burnt out:
    Picture 1
    Picture 2
    Picture 3

    I need to cut my nails :p

    Anyway, does anybody know what could have caused this and how to avoid it in the future?

    I bought it from OCuk so I hope they can replace it, but I can't find my receipt :(
     
  2. killer_uk

    OcUK Staff

    Joined: 12 Mar 2003

    Posts: 4,070

    Location: OcUK HQ

    Sweet jesus :eek:

    Well, does that card take extra power? (I can't see as you damn fingernail is in the way on each photo :p ) The PSU could well have taken the card out when it died.
     
  3. Tigjaw

    Hitman

    Joined: 6 Oct 2005

    Posts: 659

    Location: West Midlands

    I want to cry :(

    Well, not so much as cry as kick something but anyway. I've had that card for quite a while and it's never caused any problem with the PSU.
     
  4. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    I dont think that card would be replaced under warranty.
     
  5. Tigjaw

    Hitman

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    Location: West Midlands

    Why not? :confused:

    I can't find the receipt anyway but if I did why wouldn't they replace it?
     
  6. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    Because to me it looks like either that damage was caused by the PSU or by severe overclocking, rather than a defective card. Its the only time i see cards ending up like that.
     
  7. Tigjaw

    Hitman

    Joined: 6 Oct 2005

    Posts: 659

    Location: West Midlands

    ah well, I've never overclocked. So my PSU seemingly destroying my graphics card doesn't warrantee a replacement? It's not even certain that it was the PSU anyway, the repairman just replaced the PSU because I basically asked him to and he agreed my computer not working was probably due to a broken PSU.

    Anyway, suppose I can only wait for my conroe :(
     
  8. james.miller

    Capodecina

    Joined: 17 Aug 2003

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    Location: Woburn Sand Dunes

    why would it be the psu and not the other way round? i had a 9500np blow up on me the first time i switched it on. a part caught fire a literally blew a hole in board. It does happen:)
     
  9. Tigjaw

    Hitman

    Joined: 6 Oct 2005

    Posts: 659

    Location: West Midlands

    exactly, if anything I think it was that way round because before the computer shut down the graphics went twitchy and the monitor flickered, then the monitor died quickly followed by the whole computer.
     
  10. agw_01

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    Joined: 11 Apr 2004

    Posts: 19,681

    I had an old Radeon 7500.

    It was in my computer for 6 hours, and while playing HL:BS, blew a resistor or something.

    I took the card back for a different reason and that's when the guy pointed out the burn marks.

    With a big of arguing, they exchanged the card.
     
  11. Tigjaw

    Hitman

    Joined: 6 Oct 2005

    Posts: 659

    Location: West Midlands

    Does anybody what part of the card is burnt in those pictures? (and don't say the black part :p)
     
  12. james.miller

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    it looks white to me;)

    lol its probably the voltage regulator. hard to tell when its little more than dust lol
     
  13. Cyber-Mav

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    Joined: 30 Jul 2005

    Posts: 15,566

    Location: Midlands

    very odd. but if a psu blows it can take out anything attached to it really. thats why its best to always have a decent quality psu. however im shocked that the boad did not get broken. if that was an agp card it would make sense since they have a direct molex power feed and that would give it reason to blow. :confused:
     
  14. Corasik

    Soldato

    Joined: 5 Jan 2003

    Posts: 5,002

    Location: West Midlands

    I had a 'stock' speed Geforce 5700 blow its cooler clean off, was a very loud bang. Had no problem with RMA.

    Burn marks are not a 'surefire' indication of overclocking.

    For all we know the componant on your card may have shorted out internally, and overloaded, and blew the PSU. To be honest I doubt that damage was caused by a power surge from the PSU. PSU surges typically cause damage deep within microchips, not visible from the outside.
     
    Last edited: 25 Jul 2006
  15. Tigjaw

    Hitman

    Joined: 6 Oct 2005

    Posts: 659

    Location: West Midlands

    That's what I thought, if the PSU caused it then surely the HDD, the mobo, the CD drive, not just the GFx card would have been taken down with it.

    I can't find my receipt anyway, I don't suppose there's another way? :confused: