the_Scarlet_oneIt will not affect the warranty as long as no end user damage is caused.The memory has thermal pads on them, and typically they don’t dry out all that quick, so the lowering clock may well be degradation over time.If you want to try replacing the thermal pads and thermal paste, there are hundreds of videos on YouTube and steps outlined in articles, but there is no official guide from EVGA for this task, as far as I know. Since you would be refreshing everything, I would suggest picking up a cheap soft bristle tooth brush and some isopropyl alcohol to assist with the process. The soft bristle tooth brush can help really get all of the old paste off without causing damage to components.When you reapply the thermal paste, make sure you spread the thermal material in very thin layer across the entire die, so that every tiny spot is covered before reassembly. I use the edge of a credit card to get a good consistent spread and it hasn’t failed me yet.
EvoflashAs luck would have it after five years my 6700k (and possibly my motherboard?) has just died so it's time to get the wallet out and build a new system - makes me wonder if there was an underlying issue somewhere else that was causing the crash. I'll come back in the coming weeks/months and update so that others in similar position may get help.
HeavyHemi An 'underlying' issue such as your PSU? Also, your GPU may be be perfectly fine. With recent updates to Windows and drivers, I've also had to lower my GPU memory clock a bit. Games like Division 2 would randomly crash to desktop with +600 on the memory and were perfectly fine at +550. Quite a few folks do not know this, but drivers can also change the memory sub-timings which can of course affect stability. Also retired EE here.
EvoflashHi everyone, Just to update, turns out that both CPU and motherboard were faulty (!). I've ran the card in an interim PC at previous PXOC settings and have not had any problem which is fairly interesting. Card is back on song.
HeavyHemi How did you confirm the CPU and motherboard were bad? As I intimated earlier, simply a power supply dropping voltage under load can to this.
EvoflashHeavyHemi How did you confirm the CPU and motherboard were bad? As I intimated earlier, simply a power supply dropping voltage under load can to this.I bought another identical motherboard and a budget CPU (i3-6300), did some swapsies and soon discovered the bad news.
HeavyHemiEvoflashHeavyHemi How did you confirm the CPU and motherboard were bad? As I intimated earlier, simply a power supply dropping voltage under load can to this.I bought another identical motherboard and a budget CPU (i3-6300), did some swapsies and soon discovered the bad news.Not really sure why you'd do that if you were going to update the entire system. That's another GPU right there.