[TTT] PSA – EVGA Nvidia GTX 1060, 1070, & 1080 Cards Exploding – Non-Reference Boards

I just wanted to put out a PSA of sorts since I keep seeing reports about these EVGA cards that are actually exploding. The issue is that EVGA failed to properly cool the VRM’s on the board and they are overheating causing them to pop. This will kill the card itself and even damage other system components.

Here is a video of the card dying LIVE on a Twitch stream: https://www.twitch.tv/aerosimgaming/v/101518948

JayzTwoCents video on the issue. Do note that there have been failures for people with the thermal pads installed.

What do I do?

EVGA has released a BIOS patch that lowers the power draw and they also have a VRM thermal pad kit that you can self install. You can also send in the card to have them replace it but you will likely get a DIFFERENT card that is refurbished. The latest post (Here) shows that this is STILL happening even with the new thermal pads installed. My professional recommendation? STAY AWAY from EVGA 1060, 1070, & 1080 series video cards.

You can check if your card is affected here as well as download the updated BIOS: http://www.evga.com/thermalmod/

Affected EVGA Card SKUs
Affected EVGA Card SKUs

EVGA’s service has been hit and miss. The unfortunate part is that a user on Reddit had it completely kill his PSU and motherboard but EVGA is NOT replacing these even though their product damaged them. That alone is enough to take a long time EVGA customer like myself to look at other companies in the future.

Here are the reports that I was able to locate on these cards exploding and/or catching fire:

Images of cards after they failed:

[TTT] NVIDIA’s Latest Driver Adds Telemetry – How to Disable It

It’s been brought to my attention that nVIDIA now has telemetry included with its drivers if you installed GeForce Experience with the drivers. It is not clear if it is just included with the GeForce Experience package but there are many other services that are included that are really not needed for most users.

First, let’s go over what these unnecessary services are.

  • Telemetry is essentially considered spying by many as it is a way to send data back and forth. It’s nowhere near that simple, but we’d like to know what it’s doing in our video drivers when it’s never been needed before.
  • nVIDIA Wireless Controller requires you have, you guessed it, a nVIDIA Wireless Controller.
  • ShadowPlay is a way to capture and record gameplay.

The easiest way to check for, and disable these is to download Microsoft Autoruns. Autoruns is portable, so no installation is needed. Download it and unzip Autoruns.zip into its own folder and double click Autoruns.exe or Autoruns64.exe.

 

Type nvidia in the filter box.

You will find Telemetry in the Task Scheduler section and the nVIDIA Wireless Controller, and ShadowPlay services further down under the registry entries.

Uncheck what you don’t want, close and reboot. If you get an error, close the program and right click on Autoruns.exe or Autoruns64.exe and “Run as Administrator.”

Here is an image showing you how and what to disable:

nvidia-telemetry-and-how-to-disable-it

ASUS PG279Q BIOS Defaulting Issue – Z97 + 4790K

Update (11/16/2016): I just realized that I never posted a fix for this. We ended up having to get a high quality DisplayPort cable that had good grounding to get this issue resolved. We went with a 6ft Cable Matters cable from Amazon. Since then the issue has not presented itself.

Yesterday my little brother Doug  (aka TopHattWaffle) called me with a weird issue on the new system that I helped him tweak. We swapped out his older Core i7 3820K and its X79 motherboard with a new Z97 board (Gigabyte Gaming 7 Z97X) and a Core i7 4790K. The system was working perfectly and quick at my place with no issues. He brought it home and once he got all his monitors and other devices connected is when the issues started. Instead of going in depth of each step and different things we tried I am going to just put a bullet point list below.

Here is the issue: When the ASUS PG279Q is connected to the system through the main GTX 970 video card and the system is restarted (particularly on a cold boot) the BIOS hangs and reverts to defaults (peripheral settings, overclocking, preferences, etc).

Note:

  • This does NOT happen when the monitor is disconnected and others are connected.
  • This is reproducible on-demand 100% of the time.

System Specs:

  • NZXT H630 Case
  • Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 7 Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 4790K
  • Dual Gigabyte Gaming G1 GTX 970
  • Corsair H115i Cooler
  • 32GB DDR3-2400 Corsair RAM (4x 8GB)
  • Samsung EVO 850 512GB SSD
  • 3x 1TB in RAID 5 (Intel RST)
  • SteelSeries Apex Keyboard
  • Logitech G700S Mouse

Monitors:

  • Asus PG279Q over DisplayPort
  • HP ZR2740W over Dual Link DVI
  • HP ZR2740W over DisplayPort

Troubleshooting Steps Attempted (None Worked/Changed the Outcome)

  • Removed all RAM but 1 stick
  • Tried another stick of known good RAM
  • Disconnected ALL drives from motherboard
  • Swapped Video card slots
  • Ran only 1 video card
  • Flashed Motherboard BIOS from F8 to F7 version
  • Flashed video card BIOS to stock GTX 970 version
  • Removed ALL USB devices including keyboard and mouse
  • Removed all USB devices excluding keyboard
  • Connected ASUS PG279Q to HDMI (no video at all)
  • Factory reset motherboard BIOS
  • Checked CMOS Battery voltage (it was OK)
  • Switched active motherboard BIOS to backup BIOS
  • Checked and re-seated all power cables
  • Deleted and re-created Intel RAID arrays
  • Reinstalled Windows from new installation ISO and media
  • Wiped ALL drives in the computer
  • Reinstalled Windows and tested issue with NO drivers installed

As you can see we have tried to cover all our bases but no matter what the BIOS will always crash and reset when the ASUS PG279Q monitor is attached to the system. We can restart over and over as many times as we want with the other monitors connected with no issues but as soon as the ASUS is connected it starts.

I have never seen an issue like this. I have a feeling it is something to do with the UEFI BIOS crashing for some reason due to the ASUS monitor and causing the reset. Given the lack of logging and the Gigabyte DIAG LED not being of much use we are grasping at straws. We did order a new GTX 1070 to see if the same thing happens, if it does we will be replacing the motherboard next.


Here is a video demonstrating the issue:

Here is the Gigabyte BIOS DIAG LED when it resets to default.

You can see it reset when the DIAG light shuts off and comes back up. The BIOS codes are ambiguous at best.

If you have any ideas, comments, or suggestions please contact me using the Contact Me page.

My Journey with Crypto Currency – A Short Intro

As most of you have heard BitCoin has taken off and ended up being a stable investment for a lot of people. If you are like me and did not really pay any mind to BitCoins and just kept up on the news you probably are regretting not getting into it sooner.

Unfortunately there is a little bit to learn and now BitCoins are no longer worth mining due to the power that is required and the hardware that is required to actually mine the coins. However there are plenty of other crypto currencies that are taking off. After reading up on the others that are taking off and gaining popularity I have started mining LiteCoins and FeatherCoins.

bitcoin image

There are a few things that you will need to get in order so that you can not only mine but also buy and sell your coins. Once you get started and all the framework in place to buy and sell coins then you will be able to start getting into this new market and hopefully make some money off it. At the least you’ll have some fun in the process.

  1. You will need a fairly powerful computer. This means a decent CPU and preferrably a dedicated graphics card (I am only going to cover ATI as that is what I have)
  2. You will need to join a mining pool (you can go solo but its not profitable)
  3. You will need to setup an account with MtGox – https://www.mtgox.com/
  4. You will need to setup an account with BTC-e – https://btc-e.com/
  5. Patience. Lots of patience.

Those are the basics. Stay tuned for more posts as I progress on this journey.