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I built my neighbor a PC capable of running 6 screens for Eve Online some time ago, I received this picture yesterday. He doesn't mine, he doesn't overclock. The PC was simply idling overnight and he awoke to this catastrophe. His message to me was "It died spectacularly" I couldn't agree more.

Now for the awful RMA process with XFX. TBH, I don't trust the bottom card anymore either. It probably got nicked, aside from that, it's also the same model and very well may be a ticking time-bomb. GJ XFX, nice quality.
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What on a video card could cause that forceful of an "explosion" to warp metal like that?
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Maybe the vapor chamber blew and not the card itself?

As the copper plate is bulged out so badly it leads me to believe the vapor chamber somehow got extremely pressurized and blew. The card is probably not even at fault but XFX's horrible quality cooling is.
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post #4 of 28
Looks like the vapor chamber inflated due to excess heat? possible fan failure or lack of airflow might be the cause. Another cause that he could be victim to some mining malware that cause his graphics to overload throughout the night unnoticed.
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WOW!! ph34r-smiley.gif
Have to agree with Imprezzion, looks like the vapor chamber is to blame, but damn, to be able to make that kind of pressure, the coolant would have to be close to or over 100*C !
Damn!
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Good luck with that RMA. XFX will probably say it isn't their fault and find a way to blame you and won't give you a new one.
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Good luck with that RMA. XFX will probably say it isn't their fault and find a way to blame you and won't give you a new one.
I know, it's unfortunate for him that XFX will wage war over everything. He's on some super secure Linux (he is a Linux administrator as a profession), it's far beyond me and my ability to explain it. I'm certain people mining it from the outside didn't happen.

Everytime I stop by to see how things are those cards are running ice cold in that cold basement room of his. It's a very peculiar situation
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The bottom card is destroyed as well. He'll be starting the RMA process fairly soon. I'll keep a little log of it here. In the mean time, I recommended (funds permitting), that he buy a pair of new 280x's and a EVGA displayport hub. This will allow a crossfire to be utilized for 6 screens correct? Then just sell the XFX replacements assuming he gets them.
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post #9 of 28

Registered to say that this also happened to my card yesterday around 5pm in Greensboro NC.


XFX Hd 7950 double D

I still have the warranty void stickers on the screws and they said that they will be immediately replacing it as soon as it gets there.
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wow that just "blew" my mind how that happened. if i was just surfing the web and all of a sudden i heard a explosion in my case i would freak the f*** out.
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