980Ti repaired by... washing it

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce' started by GroinShooter, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. GroinShooter

    GroinShooter Master Guru

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    I'm gonna start by quoting a post I made back when the GPU blew up so check it out the see what exactly happened. A few added things there too.

    Shortly after this happened I thought I could clean the brown goo off the GPU and with luck, be able to see how bad the damage actually was. At first I was going for the general alcohol cleanup method but since the card was already dead I decided to go with dish soap, hot water and a toothbrush. It came out quite clean and shiny, the damage was very easy to be seen. That same R33 ind had a burnt surface and the PCB around the R22 and R33 inductors looked like it caught some heat.
    Now after 3 months of shelf time I decided to put the GPU back together and try it in my test rig just for the heck of it. Huge surprise - It actually works O.O I don't know what to think of this tbh...
     
  2. kastriot

    kastriot Maha Guru

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    You lucky bastard :)
     
  3. GroinShooter

    GroinShooter Master Guru

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    Yeah maybe but my bro did have to get a new GPU due to this one frying itself. That ended up costing roughly 400e (GTX 1070) and now the assumed dead card comes back alive :eek: not much luck there.
    Don't know if the 980Ti comeback matters too much though, as I'm very cautious on using it in a serious matter ever again and I don't really have any real use for it anymore. I'm going to clean it properly with alcohol and give it some fresh TIM anyway. Maybe put it in my living room rig and keep an eye on it.
     
  4. cryohellinc

    cryohellinc Master Guru

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    What is the "brown goo" you refer to? Did someone spill a drink over it?
     

  5. LocoDiceGR

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    Dont try to overlock it though, haha...good job man...
     
  6. Extraordinary

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    Only reason I can think it would work again after washing would be if the component that fried was not mission critical to the operation of the GPU, and the stuff that came out of it was causing a short, cleaning it off fixed the short
     
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    Sounds to me like someone is a smoker...of something :rolleyes:

    I was thinking the same thing...with that said, its a great idea to avoid overclocking if its currently stable. Of course "in the name of science" is a more interesting option.
     
  8. Agent-A01

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    Never use water as any of it that dries on the board can cause future corrosion.

    Should have just dumped 99.9% isopropyl alcohol and scrubbed it.

    You got lucky though.

    R33 is part of power delivery so i would not OC it
     
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  9. GroinShooter

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    Nah, no one in my family smokes nor did any drinks get spilled that day, at least near the rig. Singleton99 said the brown goo is burned flux, caused by overheating. I actually took a load of pictures of the card before I washed it. You can see the burnt R33 ind and the brown goo just right of the R22 inds and on most of the other bigger solder points.
    https://vgy.me/eVSktt.jpg
    Yes I knew this but since the card was already assumed dead it made no difference.
    That is what I plan on doing before I test it further just to be safe.
     
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  10. fantaskarsef

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    hehe funny anecdote, yet I wouldn't dare to use that GPU anymore personally :D
     

  11. hamltnblue

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    Back in my Navy days, the factory reps used to use distilled water to wash the inside of our Sonar equipment. They would blow it dry afterwards and everything worked fine.
     
  12. Agent-A01

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    Pure water is fine on electronics.
    The impurities in water is what causes issues.

    Distilled will likely be fine for minor cases like this but 99.9 isopropyl is the safest by far due to fast drying.
     
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  13. GroinShooter

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    A small update - The card works fine in safe mode and when no driver is active/installed. The moment I try to install a driver the monitor goes black. Tried with 2 monitors.
    I would try with a DVI/VGA cable but I've got none of those laying around anymore. :rolleyes:
    I guess it's dead after all :D
     
  14. Extraordinary

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    Keep it for emergencies for NVFLASH unbricking
     
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    It's a miracle my friend. good job on that one. gl
     

  16. JaxMacFL

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    Retire your card and move on my friend. Could in up causing collateral damage.
     
  17. RealNC

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    I thought that at the factories where they make electronics, including graphics cards, they wash them with water and dry them before they package them.

    Is that not true?
     
  18. Agent-A01

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    They wash them with a solution designed to reduce/remove flux residue.
    Formulated for that specific reason.

    Nobody uses plain water
     
  19. airbud7

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    I used scented body wash and a lot of water with a scrub brush and it still didn't work!...Grrrr
     
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