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Just physically damaged a VRM on my 6950, Advice?

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Just bought a VRM cooler for the 9 VRMs that are on the back of the PCB.

It fitted fine but as I have no RAM sinks yet I didn't leave it on as that way I could use the card with the stock cooler until I got all the items I need to water cool it.



In the picture I've circled the affected VRM and I've shown the damage, The corner that I've coloured in red has crumbled away and now it's not there.

Is it safe to use and should it affect the card in any way?
post #2 of 10
put it all together and send it back.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by levontraut View Post
put it all together and send it back.
This is the best route
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post #4 of 10
+1

Don't use a GPU with a damaged VRM.
post #5 of 10
Hmm, I really wish you had a high res pic of the damage.

If anything *within* the VRM is exposed, I would highly recommend using a very small amount of a hard setting, non-conductive epoxy to seal it back up again.

What ripped the corner off? The thermal tape on the new VRM cooler??
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bo_Punk_2.0 View Post
Hmm, I really wish you had a high res pic of the damage.

If anything *within* the VRM is exposed, I would highly recommend using a very small amount of a hard setting, non-conductive epoxy to seal it back up again.

What ripped the corner off? The thermal tape on the new VRM cooler??
Problem with sending it back is that it's flashed and has had the TIM replaced.

Don't even know what ASUS's warranty policy is in the UK with stuff like that.

It was a VRM cooler that did it
Edited by almighty15 - 3/23/11 at 7:36am
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Do not use that card.
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post #8 of 10
The part you have circled is critical and not easily replaceable.
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post #9 of 10
You're fine. Just completely reassemble it, even if you did replace the thermal paste. Just go to their site and fill out the digital RMA form or give them a call. Don't say you damaged it though.
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I plugged it back in, I couldn't help myself.

It's dead, Computer fails to get past POST with it installed
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