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Hi guys,

My friends Sapphire 7950 is causing his PC to not boot, here is a pic of the GPU.



The 'browning' on the right, is that normal?
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post #2 of 9
what browning> all i see is a brown desk lol, if its brown coloration on the pcb that usually means its been heated up or burned to a certain point. make sure all the cables are plugged in 100%, can you take the cooler off and look for any burn marks on the pcb on either side?
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no... the yellow brown color on the VRM area is not normal. Is it a new GPU? if its new, recommend RMA. if its old then its GPU.

but to make sure that its GPU causing BSOD, test the GPU into other board....

the PCI lane also could cause BSOD. but until then, test first GPU. If result same, then.... well you got the idea thumb.gif
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post #4 of 9
PCB's supposedly start browning / discoloring at 90c, and the brown spot is right on the VRM area, so my assumption is that the VRMs were running wicked hot for a extended period of time, and eventually gave out.

Just by the looks of it, I don't think there's any saving that card short of an RMA

EDIT: Yeah, what nightfox said lol
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post #5 of 9
I also see a hint of discoloration under the GPU itself.

I declare that card well baked.
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post #6 of 9
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Not good news for my friend, thanks for the input, he will be putting it through the RMA process and see what happens.
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It's important that the heatsink is kept clear of debris, or the card can overheat like this. If it is OCed, he needs to consider an aftermarket cooler.

He'll want to avoid the replacement card suffering the same fate!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FastMHz View Post

It's important that the heatsink is kept clear of debris, or the card can overheat like this. If it is OCed, he needs to consider an aftermarket cooler.

He'll want to avoid the replacement card suffering the same fate!

judging from cooler, its a vapor x.... or dual x..... its aftermarket cooler...
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post #9 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nightfox View Post

judging from cooler, its a vapor x.... or dual x..... its aftermarket cooler...

Correct, its a Sapphire with a Dual-X heatsink+fans.
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