Based on the information you have provided, i would tend to believe that this is a 'gently used mining' card that has been resold.
To me it looks like it's reached the end of it's useful life.
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No. I bought it from a person who has been into gaming and never used it for mining purpose. He was first owner and according to him he did not face any such issue till he removed it from his system. He upgraded to a newer GPU and kept this one into box for few months before selling it to me.