Question RTX 2080ti space invaders artifact

Dec 1, 2021
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The card is about 1 1/2 years old.Still has warranty but only issue is i moved countries.

I tooke the card apart and seen a few weird things at first.
1) Thermal past all around the pcb
2)thermal pads are sticking on to the radiotor
3) oily substance on the capacitors or whatevery they are called

could this be the cause of it?
 
Thermal paste is in 99% of all "normal "types non-conductive no not a big issue, if it was liquid metal then it is a BIG problem. Thermal pads should stick to the radiator in order to conduct heat to the cooler and transfer it away from the die, VRM's etc. they must also have contact to what they are meant to cool too.

The oily stuff on the caps is a very bad sign, they are leaking and nearing the end of their life. Is there any bulging on the caps? If this is the case you could get the caps replaced but not that many shops can do it well and can be very expensive.

Was it a new card you bought or used? What exact make and model is it ?

The rest of the system specs would be also useful along with make and model of the PSU.

Do you live in a hot climate and have a decent airflow case?

Cheers
 

TommyTwoTone66

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Sounds as if someone had installed an aftermarket cooler at some point and then reinstalled the stock cooler (badly) to sell it.

The leaking caps are a very bad sign and indicate that this card does not have much longer to live.

it’s not an MSI card is it?
 

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