Can graphics cards be damaged by other components?

By Drenholm ยท 4 replies
Jan 14, 2009
  1. I've had what seems to be incredibly bad luck with graphics cards in recent years.

    Card after card would seemingly degrade, beginning with minor artifacts in games which would be fixed temporarily by driver updates or maybe game reinstalls, until symptoms began to show up in the normal desktop environment and even the POST.

    After the last card went funny I borrowed an old card of a friend (an ATI x1800. All the other cards were nvidia around 7900s) which, until now, and for a long time has been perfectly fine.

    Now the game artifacts have shown up again and odd lines during POST, too. So now i'm thinking is there another component, maybe the mobo, which is somehow damaging the cards? Could it be a voltage issue?

    Thanks in advance, if anyone can shed any light!
  2. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Are you overclocking your cpu or video card's?
  3. Drenholm

    Drenholm TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    Nope, not at all
  4. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    I don't think so

    Bad installing to the motherboard or wrong slot will.
    Also wrong voltage : PCIx has 3 types.
    Your motheboard manual will list whats compatible.
  5. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    What is your full specs?

    Also, sounds like the cards are overheating.
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