X1950XT Artifacting - Please Help

The card is a Sapphire X1950XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E card. The card was in an older computer and last time I checked about 6 months ago, it was working fine. Now, I get red, blue, and green squares all over the display. This happens immediately on boot and in BIOS.

I have had this card for a while and was planning on using it in a computer that I just put together from extra parts laying around. The motherboard has some crappy integrated video that works, but I was hoping to have something a little bit better in it.

I don't know if there is anything I can do to fix this card. It is probably just it's time to be retired. I was just hoping that if somebody in here might know what could be wrong with it if it might be something that is repairable.

Thanks for the help.
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  1. You likely need to retire it. My guess, the VRAM died.


    You can try to remove the heatsink clean off all the thermal paste, then replay new thermal paste. But i think it's the VRAM that's the problem.
  2. +1 time to retire.. you had a good run on it though if it just died
  3. Your X1950 XT is already gave it's best for a long time, it's time to get a new card, buddy...
  4. Thanks for the responses guys. I tried reapplying the heatsink with some new thermal compound but no luck. Oh well. I was hoping to have a second computer that wouldn't cost me anything to put together using older parts.
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