A devastating issue plaguing Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 & GTX 1070 cards from EVGA causing them to burn out and die has been discovered. This came about after reports of EVGA ACX GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards suddenly going up in smoke started to pile up over the past week.
GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 owners have come out on EVGA’s forum, the Nvidia ( #1, #2 ), Build A PC & PC Master Race subreddits to describe their shock as they saw their graphics cards literally go up in flames.
One user reported his computer suddenly shutting down with a bright orange flame gushing out of his graphics card. While another reported seeing sparks followed by the screen suddenly turning black in the middle of a gaming session with foul smelling chemical smoke subsequently pouring out of his machine.
The reason I post this here is that if you were a stock HD 5970 owner like I was, then you remember that the stock cooler did not pay any attention to one of the banks of VRMs which would cause them to overheat. AMD didn't make that mistake again (though they still have the worst stock coolers possible). It seems EVGA didn't learn from AMDs lesson, as the solution is apparently to install a thermal pad. The really sad thing? They're not being subject to a product recall.