LastDawn97Five and a half year old GTX 970 FTW ACX 2.0 here - exactly the same MOSFET which burnt out on th3joker's and CurboSS's card failed on mine too. Damage looks almost identical too. Extended warranty ended in February. There was a period when it was not in use so it reached about a 5 year lifespan (no overclocking or mining). GPU crashed under gaming load (lights out completely, not even a bluescreen). The card smalled burned, but it was hot (at that moment) and dusty so I cleaned the card. I wasn't sure about the origin of the smell, checked and testet the other components seperately before I plugged it in again. It was running fine again for about 2 weeks (?) before it crashed again. Motherboard shows error code when the card is plugged in now, it doesn't even make it through the POST.I recently took off the cooler for the first time, checked for damaged parts which brought me here. I'll probably try to remove the broken MOSFET - not sure I'm going to replace it. Let's hope I'll be able to extend its lifespan by at least a few months so the 3060 Ti won't be that overpriced any more. I'll post updates when I know more.
YugiSatanThe rest of the board seems to look pretty normal, so don't know if i should only remove it and see if it boots without it, or to replace it.
YugiSatanAny update on what you ended up doing?