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EVGA issues patch to stop its GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 cards from catching fire

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EVGA issued a patch to its GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060 graphics cards this week after some users reported that their cards overheated and sometimes caught on fire. Is this the year of exploding gadgets? Tom’s Hardware Germany initially reported an issue with EVGA’s cooling system. The site found that the card reached up to 107 degrees Celsius, or 224 degrees Fahrenheit, when put under the Furmark stress test. Tom’s noted that EVGA failed to include an adequate cooling solution, which the company is now trying to remedy through a VBIOS update that will speed up the fans so everything stays cool.

Obviously that stress test was designed to push the card to its limits, but regular users also started reporting that their PCs were overheating, and their EVGA cards were smoking and starting on fire. Ahhh.

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EVGA is also offering optional thermal pads for users who don’t feel a VBIOS update is sufficient. The company will honor warranties, too, and replace affected cards with new updated ones. Check this chart to see if your card’s one of the unfortunates: