I was playing Mass Effect 3 last night using my EVGA GTX 295 (had it for 2 years with no problems), and all of a sudden I heard a nasty pop, the screen went black, and I smelled a distinct firecracker-like smoke smell. Using another video card which worked, I deduced that my problem was indeed my 295.
Opening it up, the source of the smell was a blackened transistor (I think), on the "bottom" GPU (the one with the HDMI port and PCI slot). No other part of either card is either smelly or blackened.
Although other areas are blackened around it sort of, I think they're probably fine. The epicenter definitely seems to be that single transistor (which is labelled Q3 as I found out by looking at pictures of a non-blackened card).
So you can probably guess my question. Since that small part is likely the problem, does anyone know if I can repair it by replacing the part? I have a solder kit and am fairly competent with it. This is a sweet card and I really don't want to drop several hundred to get a new card if this component is a couple bucks at most. The reason I'm even posting about it obviously, is that it is out of warranty. Although many 295s have lifetime warranties, this is a model number 017-P3-1291-BR - the BR models have a 1-year warranty.
If this is something you are familiar with, where would I find the part? If I should post this somewhere else, let me know that, too.
The reason I'm even posting about it obviously, is that it is out of warranty. Although many 295s have lifetime warranties, this is a model number 017-P3-1291-BR - the BR models have a 1-year warranty.
Sorry to say but whether you want to spend several hundred dollars, is irrelevant. Do you want to game again on a decent card? If you try and repair that, who knows what the consequences can be. Could destroy another component inside your PC. But its your PC. Good luck.
Yeah, here is a link to an undamaged card (all the way on the left side of the card)
You're right - if the PCB is multilayer, there's not much I can do if there are connections fried I can't even see. Just thought I would drop a couple bucks and see if it works. The other IC etc look like they were stained, but not really damaged. In the meantime, I cleaned them off and they looked ok but who knows.
If this Q3 fried component is a proprietary IC from EVGA or something, I guess I could only get it from them (still waiting on their response) but if it's a common thing, I would be willing to try.
Depends if you want to risk destroying other parts in your PC if something goes wrong, Im not sure of the consequences, and personally I wouldn't want to find out This is why I buy cards with a lifetime warranty Big Risk/Reward ratio, could pay off for a few bucks or cost you $$$!
I put my own computers together, not actually build (solder) my own computers! -J/K and good luck!
Theres a guy who replaces Blown Caps and all sorts of stuff. I've been reading his work logs and its brilliant. If you are in the US you may be able to ship the card down to him and get him to repair it for you - hes done it for quite a few people before.
PizzaMan and CL3P20 are both pros and will be able to handle this sort of job.
It is possibly repairable, but the question is it worth the effort?
Can a new card be had for similar cost to the amount of time + effort you will use to repair this one? This is always a serious consideration.
But if u want to repair it for the hell of it, go ahead.
That damage doesn't appear to be anything major, unless there is major heat damage to the lower layers.
I have attempted to repair many GPUs and Motherboards over the years, I tend to find i reasonably good luck with the repairs when the parts are available.
You biggest problem is possibly actually obtaining the part needing to be replaced, as some vendors do not sell the parts they use on the common market.