A large number of Radeon RX 6800/6900 series graphics card damage seems to find the reason

Previously, KrisFix, a German graphics card repair service provider, said that it received 61 Radeon RX 6800/6900 series graphics cards equipped with Navi 21 core within three weeks, 48 ​​of which had the same defect. And it cannot be repaired, and there are obvious crack marks on the chip. These graphics cards should have nothing to do with the intensity of the workload (such as gaming or video playback) when the owner uses them, and later tests also ruled out the driver as the cause.

According to TomsHardware, the reason for the damage of these Radeon RX 6800/6900 series graphics cards seems to have been found. The culprit is crypto mining and long-term storage in a high-humidity environment.

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After investigation, these graphics cards also have one thing in common, many of which are from the same seller. Since these cards all look very new, it’s likely that they were recycled and refurbished before being resold. What is even more unexpected is that crypto mining may not be the main reason, and long-term storage in a high-humidity environment has a greater impact, which also explains why GPU cracks occur. Presumably, these graphics cards have been stored in high humidity for weeks or even months. In addition to the storage environment, climate change during long-distance transportation is also worthy of attention.

These Radeon RX 6800/6900 series graphics cards are likely to still function normally after retirement, but the poor high humidity storage environment allows them to be “soaked” in water, and there is no proper dehumidification operation during this period.