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The GTX260 in my gf's computer decided it was done with life and a resistor by the VRM's caught fire and fizzled out, smelled pretty bad too...

I took a picture of it, it's not the best but you get the idea.


Since XFX no longer makes Nvidia cards and I don't have the stock cooler to put back on it, how much hassle can I expect from them to replace it? It is registered for the lifetime warranty.
    
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They will likely give you an AMD card to replace it with. That's been standard policy AFAIK. ..If you can get them to honor their warranty that is. Edit: without stock cooler? good luck.. er.

Glad to see no one got hurt. Could have been really disastrous.
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Wow.... first AMD VRM fires, then an Intel VRM fire, now a GPU VRM fire!?
Oh boy, my horror stories list is getting toasty and diverse...

On the other hand that really sucks, it seems VRM fires are coming from out of nowhere lately. First all those AMD mobos from before, than yesterday's Intel mobo, now this
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if you don't have the stock cooler they (most likely) won't replace it. What were you using on it? Perhaps you can get a cooler off of somebody else here or something.
    
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@xd_1771 yeah seems everyone's catching on fire lol

@Razi3l I was using the accelero Extreme GTX280, temps were never an issue. Since I put this card in my gf's computer she never stressed it

guess I'll have to start looking for a stock black edition cooler
    
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AC coolers' VRM heatsinks really suck. That + the GTX 200/HD 4k/5k XFX cards' poor build quality.
    
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even when I had the card in my system and stressed it, temps were still never an issue. I'm not sure how bad the card was really, It is a reference board still and I know those were a heck of a lot better than XFX's stripped down boards.
    
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Sux that the card gave it up.

Xd is right, seems that there has been a lot of hardware carnage in the last little while.
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Originally Posted by Razi3l View Post
AC coolers' VRM heatsinks really suck. That + the GTX 200/HD 4k/5k XFX cards' poor build quality.
Uhh, last time I checked, xfx only had build quality problems with early ati cards, never nvidia cards.

And yeah, arctic coolings vrm coolers are not that great. I personally haven't experienced any vrm's burning up, but others have.

I don't drive insane amounts of volts through any of my hardware though either.
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Yeah you should try to find the stock cooler replacement otherwise don't try sending it through warranty.
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