EVGA GTX 1070 Caught Fire During Livestream

By   /   Nov 17, 2016

Yet another case of an EVGA GTX 1070 catching fire while gaming has emerged as a Twitch streamer, aerosimgaming, was streaming Microsoft Flight Simulator X was livestreaming when his GPU caught fire and was actually visible on camera as the stream got interrupted.

Last month, many users started reporting that their EVGA GTX 1070 and 1080 GPUs were overheating or simply catching fire resulted in a burnt PCB rendering the card useless.

After some testing, it was discovered that the issue originated from VRMs, voltage regulation modules, in the mentioned GPUs which resulted in the cards overheating and dying. The issue seems to be present on EVGA’s entire GTX 1070 and 1080 line up which are equipped with the ACX cooler.

Essentially, all dual fan GPUs from EVGA’s 1070 and 1080 lineup, including SC and FTW, except the Classified series have this issue as they lack direct VRM cooling results in overheating.

After countless users reported these issues, many even reported component failure way before GPUs caught fire, EVGA quickly responded, admitted lack of cooling was an oversight on their part, before things escalated and released a patch to fix the issue.

The company even offered thermal pads for users who felt the BIOS update was not sufficient as well as replace all the affected cards with new ones, even if burns aren’t covered by warranty.

It is unclear whether aerosimgaming, the latest gamer to suffer at the hands of this unfortunate situation was using the BIOS update released by EVGA or not. Even if he wasn’t, hopefully the company will honor his warranty and replace the EVGA GTX 1070 otherwise their reputation is surely going to suffer.

Currently, this issue seems to be the biggest one affecting GTX 1070 GPUs and is only limited to EVGA’s cards although other companies like ASUS have had their share of problems as well.

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