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I'm too depressed to go into a long winded explanation but I attempted my first watercooling build earlier this week and was at the end where I was checking for leaks. Everything looked fine except a few fittings had a small leak so I adjusted them. It looked like like everything was watertight then I go to fill the pump/res with water and try to get some water flowing through the loop and the CPU block right above one of my 680's sprung a huge leak and dropped a hefty amount of water on to it. Yes, at this point I want to kill myself and questioned why I went into this huge project in the first place, I immediately cut power and remove the card and leave it by the heater to dry out.

I finish the rest of the watercooling setup and my 2nd 680 works just fine, everything actually runs perfectly smooth. Temps are way down, the entire rig is near silent, I'm loving absolutely everything about this right now...except my one dead 680.

I've tried it a few times after leaving it to dry to see if it'll magically work again (it's happened with a few of my phones before so I figured wth why not) but alas I get nothing. The red EVGA logo doesn't even come on and I've switched power cables to see if that could be it but it's not.


At this point I'm staring at a dead 680. I have no clue whether I'll be able to bring it back but I've heard of extreme circumstances where people "bake" the card in the oven or something and that helps. If you guys know of anything extreme like that or any suggestions/tips that'd be great. I'm going to continue crying my $500 away in a corner somewhere.

Build:

Intel i7 3770K @ 4.5GHZ
EVGA GTX 680 Hydro Copper
MSI Z77 GD65
16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
Coolermaster 922 HAF


One dead EVGA GTX 680 Hydro Copper
post #2 of 13
It is an EVGA card so it should come with a lifetime warranty. Try contacting EVGA before you do anything silly like baking the thing. From my(arguably limited) understanding, what baking does is soften up the soldering on the card to eliminate dead spots and thus revive dead cards. I am not sure how this would affect a drowned card so try for an RMA first.
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It is an EVGA card so it should come with a lifetime warranty. Try contacting EVGA before you do anything silly like baking the thing. From my(arguably limited) understanding, what baking does is soften up the soldering on the card to eliminate dead spots and thus revive dead cards. I am not sure how this would affect a drowned card so try for an RMA first.

I don't think the warranty covers water or accidental damage.
post #4 of 13
You won't know if you don't try. Still plenty of time to thermally nuke the poor thing AFTER EVGA denied your warranty.
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"Your EVGA product must be free of physical damage or modification. Products received with physical damage (bent CPU socket pins, any damage to the PCB, water damage, etc), missing the original video card or chipset heat sink, or missing the serial number sticker will be returned to the customer or may incur a service charge upon receiving the item."

Just got that from their RMA page. It sounds like they may charge to fix it or just flat out refuse to fix it...but I guess you're right, it's at least worth a try.
post #6 of 13
Can you see where the water got on it? If you can't it's worth a shot...
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post #7 of 13
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One card works flawless. It was the one underneath the other 680. So I popped em both open to see if there were any sort of visual defects or signs to indicate water damage and they both look identical.

I got a quick question, can I put in these 680 Hydro Coppers for a second without connecting water lines to em just to see if they'll even turn on? I just want to plug it in, turn it on for a sec and see if I get anything then shut it right off. Will that create a lot of damage?
post #8 of 13
You had your PC on while filling up the loop? doh.gif

You could probably put the Hydro in to see if they give you display, but you've got probably got at most 20 seconds before it starts to bake. The Cooper will be able to conduct heat for a short period of time, but without active convection, it'll all heat up very quickly.
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post #9 of 13
Just RMA the damn thing and stop doing stupid things. You've should test the watercooling before mounting on 680. Such a big mistake.
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post #10 of 13
If u are using non conductive coolant, it should not be dead
Anyway just to to rma the gpu before you try anything extreme
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