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Graphic Card arrived curved

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
August 25, 2013 6:54:47 AM

I know this topic has been gone over but I haven't read anything about it arriving out of the box bent.

I've read about them bending with heat over time but is this curve that it came with normal or did I get a messed up card? It seems to be working fine but I don't want to find out after 30 days of owning it that it's actually getting worse temperatures and performance or that it's life will be shorter because of the curve it has...

Anyway, I've attached a picture of it -- thanks for taking a look!

a c 229 U Graphics card
August 25, 2013 7:06:53 AM

Wonder if that's that it's a refurbished or repackaged card .....

Is that an SC model ? Most manufacturers beef up their PCB and VRM on factory overclocked models.....EVGA doesn't on their SC model......adding a bigger heavier cooler to a stock PCB always concerned me before from a power standpoint but may have more impacts than Id considered before.
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August 25, 2013 7:16:28 AM

The card may work perfectly fine but personally I would return it as the curve will put stress on the conductive tracks on the printed circuit board and may cause hairline splits in the track and these would be subject to thermal movement this could cause all manner of faults and shutdowns.
August 25, 2013 7:26:05 AM

Thanks -- I'm going to return it I think. I'm not sure if I should go through Newegg, where I bought it, or just call EVGA as the inside of the box says "do not return to the store".

I guess I'll have to read up a bit.
August 26, 2013 7:25:11 AM

I just sent it into Newegg for the 30 day RMA this morning -- hopefully they'll send me back one that isn't a dud.