So the graphics card was plugged into the PCI-E slot, but the 8 + 6 PCI-E power cables were not connected. And sadly the water found a way to bypass my paper towel. Stupid EK flow meter leaked 1 droplet in the fill.
So is my card fine?
I have removed all water, but how long will it take to dry the moisture that probably exists?
My mate had a northbridge block leak while his pc was on back in the day and the coolant went all over the back of the card and through the pci-e slot, we got most of it off with paper towels and a hairdryer then let it dry for a few days and it worked fine.. with a bit of a green tinge to it afterwards =P
The coolant he was using was the swiftec stuff that came with the kit mixed with distilled water.
The card works. After taking the backplate off and drying it with paper towel, I left it to dry for a day, and then after borrowing a soldering station, used heat at 160C to blow across the impacted area to dry out any moisture that might be hiding under chips. Did that for 10 minutes. After that, waited another 30 minutes before turning it on. All works.
I sure wouldn't promote the idea exactly but in my experience cards are less fragile than they may seem. I've had fairly large spills over graphics cards that were dried with paper towels and plugged right back in, some artifacting was seen so isopropyl alcohol and compressed air was applied with perfect results.
Coolant shouldn't be like spilling tap water at least.
give it a day in sunlight to be safe, you can also dampen the area with rubbing alcohol and dry with a paper towel
Make sure it is NOT your normal rubbing alcohol. The most common rubbing alcohol is 70% iso and 30% water. Many pharmacies will also carry 91%, which is the stuff you want to use. If you don't see it, you may have to ask the pharmacist. If you buy online, you can also get 99%. I have yet to find a place i can walk into and purchase that strength.