Bought a 70 year old graphics card, feels hotter than boiling water, burns when it detects a foreign object

Bought a 70 year old graphics card, feels hotter than boiling water, burns when it detects a foreign object

Although Bitcoin is not as hot as it was half a year ago, the price of graphics cards is still quite inflated, partly due to the shortage of components for production. So the chance to own an RTX 3090 “em” is pretty rare in the PC community, even if you’re willing to shell out VND 65-70 million for a graphics card.

However, a player with the nickname on the Reddit forum Antonyjeweet overcame these difficulties to own a super-huge RTX 3090. Of course, by spending up to $3,000 on a PC component, he’ll expect a top-notch experience when he uses it again. But no, when the installation was successful and the PC turned on, he panicked to see that the super graphics card of his had a temperature of up to 110 degrees Celsius.

For those who don’t know, the graphics card is in idle state, the temperature is only 30-40 degrees Celsius, meanwhile, if the card is in high load or full load with a good heat dissipation system (something that any gamer using a high-end graphics card should have it), the temperature is only around 60-70 degrees Celsius. Even if the cooling system is mid-range, the temperature can only reach 80-90 degrees Celsius. After just a few minutes of use, the card’s temperature jumped to 110 degrees Celsius, a nightmare for anyone spending up to $3,000 on a tech product.

Antonyjeweet figured there must be something wrong with the graphics card’s cooling system and immediately opened up the RTX 3090, even though doing so would void the warranty. It is worth mentioning that when separating the cooling system from the surface of the chip, he discovered some… fingertips located right in the middle of the thermal paste. It’s easy to see that this is the culprit for the thermal paste not being able to make contact with the GPU and cooling system, causing the RTX 3090 to reach 110 degrees Celsius.


Although the act of disassembling the aforementioned gamer’s graphics card caused the RTX 3090 to void its warranty, knowing it was their fault, Nvidia decided to do a “special” if they still wanted to replace it. In addition, to explain why the other glove appears in the cooling system, we must know that the production of graphics cards is facing many difficulties. It is no longer uncommon for factories to force workers to work overtime to meet demand.

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Because of this, errors also appear more, such as workers dropping their gloves while checking or applying thermal paste. This is not the case only for Nvidia. Not long ago, AMD also had a case where they forgot to remove the adhesive on the surface of the thermal paste, which caused the card’s temperature to rise significantly.