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My friends gpu has these strange burn marks on the back of his gpu. He says that it still works but performs like crap. Any idea what this is? And is it fixiable or should he rma it?



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Edited by Foxrun - 10/2/15 at 8:43am
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That looks very much like corrosion. Is anything in your PC watercooled? Even AIO?
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He has an aio cooler on the cpu.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Foxrun View Post

He has an aio cooler on the cpu.
I would get that AIO out now and thoroughly check it asap.
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post #5 of 12
Quote:
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I would get that AIO out now and thoroughly check it asap.

This exactly. If it doesn't seem to be leaking, shake it around to see if there's a lot of air inside it.
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Telling him now. Is the gpu salvageable? Or should it be rmaed?
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Telling him now. Is the gpu salvageable? Or should it be rmaed?
if RMA is possible, do that.
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post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeoReaper View Post

if RMA is possible, do that.

nooooooooooooo don't yet!

It's clearly not the GPU's fault, so I would check with the AIO brand if they cover such things (often they do)
post #9 of 12
Everyone so quick to blame the AIO cooler... I've seen many hardware parts look like this after being in a basement/house with lots of humidity for a few years.

He possibly leaves his window open when it's raining/overnight, and/or, is in a basement with no dehumidifier. It's that time of year where there is a lot of water in the air. If the AIO was leaking, i'm sure it'd be having more issues than just that.

RMA is a sure way to waste money in this case. They won't accept physical damage, and you'll be out shipping charges. If the AIO is to blame, then they might cover it, but you'd need proof it was leaking. If it's humidity, then that's on your friend.
Edited by Murlocke - 10/2/15 at 9:10am
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post #10 of 12
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Everyone so quick to blame the AIO cooler... I've seen many hardware parts look like this after being in a basement/house with lots of humidity for a few years.

He possibly leaves his window open when it's raining/overnight, and/or, is in a basement with no dehumidifier. It's that time of year where there is a lot of water in the air. If the AIO was leaking, i'm sure it'd be having more issues than just that.

RMA is a sure way to waste money. They won't accept physical damage, and you'll be out shipping charges.

I guess I did point at the AIO pretty quick, but that's just because I've seen much more AIO leak than GPU corrode because of humidity.
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