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Old 20th May 2017, 2:05 PM   #1
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Default Maybe another dead 290 ? Fixable or cheap replacement?

My old 290 died awhile back and I sold it to Seanay00 for his wall of cards.

I bought a replacement 290 , this time a 2nd hand Asus duii - put a water block on it and its been working well for a some time.
Now it doesn't load windows with it onboard. - I can get into the bios screen but it has a white bar down the screen. see:

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The leds on the card light up as normal- under water the gpu temp never got over 45, the vrms have the duii heatsink still attached. No overclocking

If I use the onboard graphics, I can get into windows but device driver can not see the card. Also a old NVidia card works in the same pci-e slot.

Any ideas of other stuff I can try to revive it?


Asus have a 3 year warranty but my previous experience of Asus RMA was very underwhelming.

I probably going to be on 1080 res for sometime yet so I'm guessing the best bang for buck would a 570/580 or a 1060? I prefer to watercool, altho the extra cost of the block may be a waste for these mid range cards.

After the last 2 290s playing up I'm think of going Nvidia - or are the failure rates about the same between the brands?
thanks for your thoughts guys
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Yep seems like it's kicked the bucket, you could try baking it in the oven to reflow the solder joints or if it's under warranty and removing the stock heatsink hasn't voided the warranty you could RMA it.

I doubt Asus has 290's sitting around still so you might get lucky and get an RX480 or similar back.
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Yep seems like it's kicked the bucket, you could try baking it in the oven to reflow the solder joints or if it's under warranty and removing the stock heatsink hasn't voided the warranty you could RMA it.

I doubt Asus has 290's sitting around still so you might get lucky and get an RX480 or similar back.

thanks for the ideas - I looked up 'baking videocard' and that is a option. Sounds crazy but worth a go. I'll try with the RMA option first, but if Asus don't play nice I can try it.

I doubt ASUS will help - I have already sent this card to them for heat throttling - it took 3 weeks to be returned and all they did was flash it with another bios, after which it still throttled (hence the watercooling). I started a new ticket complaining about this and they never contacted me.


I've bought second hand cards off the forums and tbh I should not be complaining about 2 GPU failures over 3 years.
Thinking of waiting (what another month?) for vega cards and going for one of them OR buying a 580/1060 cheap as they clear them out.
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