User wants to save Nvidia graphics card with “tiny” damage, but ultimately has to scrap it

User wants to save Nvidia graphics card with "tiny" damage, but ultimately has to scrap it

A user finds an RTX 3070 in the scrap and would like to continue using it. Although the damage is tiny, the graphics card stops working.

A user mainly deals with broken items. Inside a used computer is an RTX 3070, an Nvidia graphics card. However, this is damaged in a small spot on the circuit board. That doesn’t look so wild at first, since this part is neither used during assembly in the computer nor obviously in everyday life.

After an initial test, however, the user quickly finds out that the graphics card is not running. Because in the circuit board parts are damaged that are not obvious at first glance. Repairing damage to the circuit board is often much more difficult than replacing a broken fan or replacing dried thermal paste.

By the way, you will encounter circuit boards or printed circuit boards in many places. They are not only found on graphics cards and mainboards, but also in consoles or cell phones. In many cases, important components such as interfaces or necessary firmware are already integrated on the boards.

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You should send back damaged hardware

If you buy a graphics card that is sold as new, or a used GPU that is at least declared as “as good as new”, then you should make sure that the GPU is not damaged. If you notice external damage such as severe scratches on the circuit board, then you should at least be warned. Because you often cannot see inner problems at first glance.

In particular, damage or scratches on the circuit board should be treated with caution, because damage often goes much deeper than just to the surface. Conductors run in the circuit board, which can be short-circuited or destroyed in the event of damage. Most of the time you cannot see such problems with the naked eye.

Can something like this also happen in everyday life? However, such damage can also happen if you are not careful. You force a graphics card into the intended slot or you slip off with a screwdriver when installing the mainboard.

Normally, little can happen to built-in hardware, unless you install your hardware carelessly by forgetting/overlooking important screws when installing the mainboard.

Can this be repaired? A repair is often difficult, but in some cases it is possible, as someone in his user guide does in the forum of PCGamesHardware explained. The severity of the damage also matters here. In the worst case, some traces have shorted each other.

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