The GTX 1070 has been one of the more popular cards released this year, and with good reason: it’s pretty powerful. And as the months have passed, the GTX 1080 has come down in price, making it also a little more affordable.
But if you picked up an EVGA GTX 1070 or GTX 1080, you might have come a little stuck of late. Owners took to forums and YouTube to complain about thermal issues — specifically, their card turning into flames.
The problem stems from a lack of cooling on the voltage regulator module on the EVGA cards using the ACX 3.0 cooler. And when I mean a lack of cooling, I mean to the point where stuff quite literally is going up in flames:
Since the first video above, people continued to post reports online about their EVGA GTX 1070 and 1080 FTW cards operating at temperatures far higher than they should. EVGA finally responded, announcing it would be releasing a VBIOS update to “ensure sufficient cooling of all components across all operating temperatures”.
Something I’m sure owners would want, especially if you forked out around $1000 to pick up an EVGA GTX 1080 earlier this year. EVGA also noted that any cards shipped after November 1 would come with the VBIOS fix, and any users (or GPUs) that got burnt will be able to get an updated replacement from the company free of charge. There’s also free thermal pad kits on offer, although they’re not ready just yet and you’ll need to register an account to get one.
The response from users has varied: some have thanked EVGA for offering advanced RMAs with updated cards, while others have questioned whether the cards are suffering from a more serious design flaw. It’s also worth pointing out that you can apply your own custom fan curve anyway through overclocking software, VBIOS update or not.
Here’s the full list of affected cards. Note that it’s not just the GTX 1070 and 1080, but also certain models of the GTX 1060 as well.
GTX 1060 3G
GTX 1060 6G
If you’re an affected user, head on over to EVGA’s post for all the details on the VBIOS update, cooler pads and the relevant installation guides.