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post #11 of 20
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The problem with that test is that I'll possibly blow up yet another video card.

However, the first EVGA card that I "killed" is put back together on air, so I will plug that thing in and see if it is still "dead."

e: The other possibility that I am only now realizing is that maybe the third card PCB was flexed to breaking point. Looking at my system, I see that the edge of the third card is bent a little to fit. This is because that goddamn XPSC block has these protrusions on the inlets and outlets that made my Bitspower SLI fitting extend the blocks/cards farther apart from each other than they should be, I guess.

Will report back.
Edited by matrices - 8/3/11 at 9:33pm
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The problem with that test is that I'll possibly blow up yet another video card.

However, the first EVGA card that I "killed" is put back together on air, so I will plug that thing in and see if it is still "dead."
Do you still have that first dead card?
Was is reborn with air?
post #13 of 20
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e: AAAAAAAAAND the first "Dead" EVGA card is booting on air! So certainly something on the block is shorting out whatever card I put it on! Thankfully didn't actually kill them...at least not this first one that I put it on.

But what could it be causing the short, just manufacturing defect? I covered all the right areas with thermal tape and used washers where indicated (i.e. everywhere between PCB and screws). And certainly I couldn't have made the same type of mistake twice with two cards anyway. Before this mess I installed six blocks without issue in the last year.
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there you go . Check the screw hole areas of the block. There should be standoffs on most of them. Also, don't over tighten the screws when you put on the block. Just keep turning gently until it won't turn any further without more force. I've installed quite a few gpu blocks and shorting can occur if there is a bad point of contact between the block and pcb.
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there you go . Check the screw hole areas of the block. There should be standoffs on most of them. Also, don't over tighten the screws when you put on the block. Just keep turning gently until it won't turn any further without more force. I've installed quite a few gpu blocks and shorting can occur if there is a bad point of contact between the block and pcb.
Thanks for advice but it seems like this block is defective. I unscrewed as much as possible, and the card boots and displays picture, but even in BIOS there is image corruption. In windows it's like looking at sub 8-bit image quality, like Windows 95. At this point I don't know if this second card is just permanently damaged or something on the block is still making wrong contact, but either way I am definitely done with this block, especially given that I tightened the other two fully (and four different ones before them) and they are/were all working fine.

Personally, I cannot recommend XPSC block because it is annoying to deal with period. The protrusions on the inlets/outlets mean that you need to hold one side with a wrench while screwing in anything on the other side, and it also messes up measurements for installing SLI bridges and fixed-length WC SLI fittings of the right size.
Edited by matrices - 8/3/11 at 8:56pm
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I've had great success with HeatKiller and I'm picking some blocks up for my cards soon.
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I have wasted enough time dealing with this headache so the only thing that I can get shipped to me by Friday so that I can actually enjoy THIS weekend (unlike all last weekend) is a Koolance block, as that's all that Amazon Prime has available. Seeing as it's G1/4 and has no weird protrusions, I guess it should be fine.
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Just an update: this defective block ended up killing two cards, both EVGAs. I plugged the first one back in and it exhibited the same artifacts as the second one, even though it spun up just fine last night.

My two other cards, which never had the defective block mounted on them, are working fine.
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Just an update: this defective block ended up killing two cards, both EVGAs. I plugged the first one back in and it exhibited the same artifacts as the second one, even though it spun up just fine last night.

My two other cards, which never had the defective block mounted on them, are working fine.
Sorry to hear that bud but atleast you found the root of the problem. RMA time I guess for the cards.
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Yup, those and the cursed block are all going back. Not going to be out $1000 for this nonsense.
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