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EVGA says poor soldering to blame for bricked RTX 3090s

Back in July, following the launch of the New World beta, there were multiple reports of EVGA RTX 3090 graphics cards dying after a short time running the game. Amazon did what it could to reduce the issue, while EVGA began investigating and sending replacements to those affected. Now, the investigation has concluded and it would seem that poor soldering was the root cause of these GPU failures. 

Speaking with PCWorld, EVGA confirmed that only a small batch of RTX 3090 cards were affected by the issue. So far, the company has received around 24 RTX 3090 graphics cards that were damaged, all spawning from a batch manufactured in 2020. After investigating, it seems these cards showed signs of “poor workmanship” on the soldering in the MOSFET circuits area.

EVGA added that the reports they’ve received represent less than 1% of all the cards they’ve sold. The complaints received were also limited to RTX 3090 cards, meaning this issue didn’t carry over to other GPUs, like the RTX 3080. The company also notes that after Amazon introduced a frame rate limit to New World’s menus, no other cards have failed during testing.

Prior to investigation, it was believed that the issue could be linked to the fan controller, as third-party apps like GPU-Z and HWiNFO would report false readings, but this has also been updated and it is said that the issue did not affect the card’s functioning.

KitGuru says: Fortunately this issue has now been resolved and those impacted will have their GPU replaced. Did any of you face any GPU-related issues when running the New World beta back in July? 

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