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Hello Everyone

I just encountered a very disturbing porblem today, while booting up my PC. When I pressed the power button, there was a popping sound, kinda like the one you could hear when turning on a gas grill, and a small Flame came out of my GPU, close to the PCI Slot. Upon wiggling the card a bit, I tried booting up again, which seemed to work, as the Mobo didn't show any erros. The screen didn't turn on though, so I guess the Card is dead. Luckily the there is an iGPU which I am using right now to at least keep my system running.
Has this ever happened to anyone else, and do you know why this could have happened?
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Sounds like it was an issue with the PSU
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I removed the card from my PC today, and as far as I can tell the fire was caused by a short circuit on the PCB. Since my PSU can supply more than 70 Amps on the 12V rail, I guess that was what blew away the traces on the Board, including a part of the GND Layer. I provided some pictures as well, so you can judge the looks as well.

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post #4 of 7
I wonder if the PCI Express slot is also damaged.
post #5 of 7
Man that sucks. What kind of card was it?

I caught my motherboard on fire my first build. I plugged the power switch, led, reset ect... in the wrong port and a small flame broke out for a couple seconds.
Luckily it wasn't that bad and the board still work.

What kind of power supply is it because im %99.8 sure thats what caused it.
I have herd that noise before due to a bad power supply.

If I were you I would not run your machine off that power supply it could damage more.
post #6 of 7
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The PCI Slot actually seems to be okay. The plastic has melted a bit though. But I haven't plugged in another card yet, so I can't tell for sure.
As for the PSU its a Corsair AX 860i, which is only a year old.
What I'm wondering now is wheter the card can run without the first 4 pins of the PCI plug connected. They are mostly +12V and GND connectors, which I also have comming in through the separate power connectors. Does anyone know if these connection are crucial to the card?
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post #7 of 7
I wouldn't attempt to run that card again, consider it trashed.
Start the RMA process.
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