Good guess, it was. Shipping alone is costing me $30. I really do wish more companies offered to pay shipping, it's much cheaper for a large business and really gives the warranty value without hassle. Dell and logitech are top notch to me. They offer to send out a replacement without having received the damaged product. If needed, they will even get you a shipping label for free.Yeah that's why I switched 4 years ago. Was it an EVGA card? - because in my experience they are incredibly unreliable..
Funny thing about the video card when I first bought it, there was a hole in the anti-static bag and a bit of a residue (kinda like a white tint) on the exposed pcb. I probably should have asked for a replacement then instead of waiting for issues. Hopefully others can take this as a learning experience. If anything is out of the ordinary with your GPU, request a replacement right away. Chances are there's going to be something wrong with it down the line.