My friend gave his X850XT PE, 16 pipes, heavily OC'd and it beat a 7600gt at teh time (my 7600gt which is OCd and voltmodded), to geek squad to troubleshoot. one of the ceramic caps blew off and i could not solder it as i have a .20 inch diameter iron! (LOL I STILL
*ALMOST* got it but there was too much solder so i just desolder and clean it up
) they said before repairing it they would test it; so we waited, and I asked if i could see their test setup. they were reluctant, but i convinced them of my geekage and that i would be quiet not say a word just watch as i was interested in how they would troubleshoot it.
then i watched in horror as they brought out their test mobo. i didnt tell my friend (should have but i didnt know they would go through with it) what, you ask? read on
it was an OEM, nothing wrong with it, they hooked everything up, 3GHz netburst, 1gb ram, 500W PSU, but the slot...it COULDN't be a PCI-E slot, could it? they wouldn't do something stupid like that i said in my mind. well i was wrong.
what i was about to see was a scarring experience of my life
they started to put teh card in the slot. i realized suddenly when the pins didnt match up that all my suspicions, fears, and thoughts were sudddenly coming true in a nightmarish frenzy! IT WAS A ****ING AGP SLOT!!!!!!!!!!
they couldn't fit it in...and then the guy was like "hey this card isn't going in"
his boss said "nah just push in harder dont worry it wont break. those AGP locks are stiff
"no really it wont fit"
"ah lemme do it" *PUSH* *GRUNT* *CRACK*
i had to break the news to my friend
he got no refund on the premise that it was broken to begin with.