its my point exactly, apoppin. i am glad you found that thread. I am with the go ahead and RMA camp, even if they deny it. But you see most the ppl pn that thread are for the RMA. This is the normal reaction.
man, if that was an nvidia card you would see ppl linking to it all over threads throughout the world. They would beg the OP to take a picture and then they would use it as a tool to put down kepler. This is the reason the voltage is limited on kepler. Its because of the risk that ppl dont understand. They make it the manufactures fault when the manufacture designed the card around a predetermined envelope. Overclock out of this envelope and you take the risk. The higher you go the higher the risk. Kepler has voltage limitations because ppl couldnt own up to there own gamble. When you throw excessive voltage at a card and it blows up, its not the card manufactures fault.
But since the overclocking software allowed such high voltages on a outdated driver, it was blamed on nvidia. But not anymore. Kepler has been locked down because of irresponsible ppl. People who went out of their way to use their own induced misfortune as an attack on nvidia and their image. Not anymore. Kepler is locked and ppl complain all the time. But had ppl took the adult route when they blow up cards from running them out of spec with high voltage, we wouldnt see this lock down.
Its funny cause i read in the thread linked:
I tend to sympathize with going the RMA route, if it turns out that the card originally shipped with a faulty capacitor that inevitably blew up in your face like this.
Could someone even cause a capacitor on a healthy card to blow up by overclocking it? I thought a healthy card would throttle itself before it blew itself up, even if you attempt to abuse it by overclocking etc.
There is no reason one of his capacitors to blow.........................still that is no excuse for having shoddy parts and a capacitor blowing.
You cannot overclock and disregard the risk. The more ppl act like this the more companies will lock out overclocking. It has become very user freindly these days, i guess a little too much by the looks of the attitudes. If this mentaility keeps spreading then you will see companies locking and limiting overclocks. Just like nvidia
As for the capacitors. Ppl dont get it. You can only protect so much. The minute the protection kicks in the peak has already went through the card. You cannot protect 100%. As for the capacitors, they are used in a system they are designed for. They have a rating which most capacitors will meet no problem. They have an upper limit which most should
reach, but not every capacitor can be tested to the upper limit. There is no way to be 100%. Even if every capacitor was tested to be capable of the max, they could fail the next time or down the line. You must realize the risk factors when you overclock. They are still there. Components have got better, but you always raise the chance of premature failure when you overclock.
Own up to it, it is your risk you took. and if it blows up its on you. This blaming the manufacture attitude will ruin it for everybody.