GTX 10 Series GPU Graphics Card Repair

What’s to like about 10 series cards?

  • For me, the Nvidea 10 series was a golden series, power with excellent efficiency for the time!
  • They still have plenty to offer, even the low-end ones are capable of some level of gaming and with great power consumption.
  • As a card to repair, due to their success, they are often well analysed. This means schematics, guides, forums posts etc. All very helpful.
  • The top-end cards are still relatively valuable, so potentially some profit to be had.

Some of the problems?

  • Basically lots of great designs, but one problem I seem to find is more potentially abused cards e.g. PCB damage due to shorts and heat-related issues due to overclocking.

GTX 1030

GTX 1050 TI

  • MSI GTX 1050 TI LP (Crashes on driver load, MATS passes, MODS fails with NVDD related error and screen corruption, should check phases and voltage before/after crash)
  • ASUS PHOENIX GTX 1050 Ti (no picture, crashes on driver load)
  • MSI GTX 1050 TI 4Gb OC (Has unusual power reporting anomalies, crashes under load perhaps similar to my two ASUS GTX 150 TIs)
  • ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 TI 4Gb (Interesting, blank screen on/off, MATS passes, BIOS seemed strange at first, but it could be a power delivery problem, as in GPU-Z the picture goes on/off and VRel shows, as well as a voltage dip when the blackouts occur)
  • ASUS CERBERUS GTX 1050 Ti OC (Interesting in that it loads drivers, can’t run any games/benchmarks, but doesn’t actually crash the PC – Possible power delivery / VRM issues. Very similar to ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 TI 4Gb)
  • Palit GTX 1050 Ti StormX (Runs, but unstable and appears to have power delivery issues. HDMI port not working)
  • MSI GTX 1050 2Gb (FIXED – Had a failing VRAM chip, fixed and sold)
  • GIGABYTE GTX 1050 2GB (Had a failing VRAM chip, was fixed but failed after being used, also two ripped pads now)
  • GIGABYTE GTX 1050TI 4GB GDDR5 (Card A – code 43 – reflow of vram didn’t change anything – could be core related? Should double check the BIOS)
  • Gigabyte GTX 1050 TI 4Gb (Card B) (WORKING)

GTX 1060

GTX 1070

  • (Project) Trying to add a sea hawk liquid cooler to a reference GTX 1070
  • EVGA GTX 1070 FTW (Had a12v DRMOS short, now has a 5v rail short)
  • Lenovo GTX 1070 8Gb (SCRAP – dead core)
  • MSI GTX 1070 Seahawk X (SCRAP – PCB damage, probably not fixable, liquid cooler might work)

GTX 1070 TI

  • MSI GTX 1070 Ti AERO (Seems to soft-crash starting applications e.g. benchmarks, games, possibly a VRM issue as doesn’t seem heat related. MATS passes. MODS says unsupported for test 178, would suspect a VR)
  • ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 TI (missing minor voltage rails, likely power management issue)

GTX 1080

  • Inno3D iChill GTX 1080 X3 (INVESTIGATING – Missing VCore voltage)
  • MSI GTX 1080 Armor (Has a 12V short and remains of a burnt MOSFET from a prior repair attempt. This will likely need to be carefully ground away)
  • EVGA GTX 1080 SC ACX 3.0 (Fine until seconds after the driver’s load, at which point the fans ramp up and the display cuts out, low resistance ~240 on the 12V PCI)
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 ACX3.0 FTW Gaming 8GB GDDR5X (seller note ‘Bought as not working, Doesn’t power up, parts only.’ – was cheap, external condition very good, but there is a savage short on one 12v PCI-E socket and some burns to the PCB components)

GTX 1080 TI

  • Zotac GTX 1080ti (FIXED – missing nv3.3v rail)
  • Reference GTX 1080 TI (FIXED – Card stuck at 139Mhz, overcurrent measured on the PCI slot and messy prior repair attempt discovered. A full trace of the INA 3221 circuit was necessary to fix the card. The INA chip was also replaced with a new one for good measure)


  • GTX Titan X Pascal (Seller Note ‘No signs of life’ actually does show life, fans and backlight lit on the monitor, but has two faulty memory chips shown in MATS – chips ordered)