Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2018 - 03:04 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: RTX 2080 Ti, rtx, nvidia, geforce, fire, evga, 2080 Ti
On HardForums, there was a report (with several photos) of an EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti that abruptly caught fire and, as you might expect, stopped working. It turns out that the damage is reasonably localized, so Allyn and I compared those photos with ones from an xDevs teardown in hopes to pinpoint the most likely component. We did not have that specific card in the office.
Again, this is just our best guess from images over the course of about a half hour.
Image Credit: shansoft at HardForums
Image Credit: xDevs
Image Credit: xDevs
We marked the center of carnage with a red X on both images, which correspond to opposite sides of the PCB. As you can tell… there’s not much there. On the one side, there is an R005 resistor and what looks like two small capacitors. Capacitors, which store energy like batteries, can explode, but they look to be too small to have caused that damage. On the other side, there are a pair of 1R0 1818 inductors, another component that appears to be a capacitor, and four metal solder pads.
Our current best guess, and it’s just a guess, is that something overloaded the card (such as a shorted power phase elsewhere on the card) and that section just happened to be the part that lit up like a fuse. It wasn’t as cut and dry as we were hoping from the start (such as if we saw a giant capacitor with nothing around it) but it doesn’t look like, as some sites are saying, that the VRAM overheated or that the GPU die was defective.
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2016 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: toshiba, recall, fire
Forget the concerns about fertility when using a laptop placed directly on your lap, having your lap catch fire is a bit more of a concern. If you are using a Toshiba laptop right now, quickly flip it over and check if it is on fire, or if the serial number resembles G71Cxxxxxxxx. If either of those conditions are true, please contact Toshiba customer support on this page, which also has a software utility you can run to see if you are affected by this recall. According to The Register, some of these batteries may have been sold individually or as repair kit for Satellite, Portégé and Tecra models so you should check; better safe than on fire.
"Toshiba is recalling the battery packs in 39 notebook models over fears they could be prone to catching fire."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Foxconn pays £2.5bn to swallow Sharp in cut-price takeover deal @ The Register
- Google's Project Zero names and shames 'ridiculous' Trend Micro bug @ The Inquirer
- SideStepper: iOS 9 exploit targets enterprise iPhones and iPads @ The Inquirer
- Google launches Cardboard SDK for iOS and VR View tool @ The Inquirer
Introduction, Design and Ergonomics
The tablet market is starting to heat up. After a long period of dominance by the iPad and its long line of Android imitators, we have new competitors looking to spoil the tablet world order. On the high-end we have the incoming volley of buff Tegra 3 based products, and on the low end with have the Kindle Fire, a simple $199 tablet that seems to prefer that its users don’t think for a second about the hardware inside.
That’s actually a bit odd, because the hardware inside is at least competitive. Though priced $300 less than the cheapest iPad 2, the Fire offers a dual core processor at the same clock speed of 1 GHz. It also provides 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage, neither of which will blow away competitors, but all of which is competitive. While the 7” size of the Fire means there is simply less tablet to build, it’s impressive that Amazon has managed to cram reasonably impressive hardware into one of the cheapest Android tablets on the market today.
Hardware is only a small part of equation, however. Amazon really intends the Fire to be a portal to its world of services, which includes ebooks, streaming video, apps and much more. This is very much a walled garden, even more so than Apple’s iPad, and for it to work the spoils of the garden need to be damn good. Let’s see if $200 is really a good value given that users must buy into Amazon’s services as well.