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/
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: