Originally Posted by littlefrankus
its funny how you brought up an old topic just to say its defective... if it was defective then it would freeze surfing the web and other things not just WOW...it seems you just want to find a defective card... one card going down in a computer is not a big deal... that would be less than the 2% failure rate for hardware components....
If its not shutting down when running a 3d mark test then i would say its the game... a 3d mark test will push your temps and if its not shutting down during that then you need to make sure your connection or all the updates are installed...
the failures are caused by a solder bump that connects the I/O termination of the silicon chip to the pad on the substrate. In Nvidia’s GPUs, this solder bump is created using high-lead. A thermal mismatch between the chip and the substrate has substantially grown in recent chip generations, apparently leading to fatigue cracking. Add into the equation a growing chip size (double the chip dimension, quadruple the stress on the bump) as well as generally hotter chips and you may have the perfect storm to take high lead beyond its limits. Apparently, problems arise at what Nvidia claims to be "extreme temperatures" and what we hear may be temperatures not too much above 70 degrees Celsius.