The mystery of massive GPU cracking in Radeon RX 6000
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The mystery of massive GPU cracking in Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards has been solved – miners and a negligent seller are involved in the case

Previously, a story spread on the Internet that AMD Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards (models on the Navi 21 GPU) began to fail en masse. At the same time, there was critical physical damage to the cards – the silicon graphics processor was literally broken into several parts. Some of these graphics cards ended up in the German workshop KrisFix. After dozens of hours of research and testing, experts still found the root of the problem.

    Image source: KrisFix

Image source: KrisFix

According to KrisFix, over 60 defective or faulty Radeon RX 6900 and Radeon RX 6800 series graphics cards were in their hands.


48 of them had very strange physical damage to the Navi 31’s GPUs. All graphics cards belonged to different owners. The surge in complaints with a similar issue coincided with the release of Radeon Adrenalin 22.11.

But after more than 150 hours of research, analysis, testing and discussions with customers who contacted the workshop, the experts came to the conclusion that there was no question of a manufacturing defect or some kind of “killer software”.

As it turned out, all the graphics cards that came to the shop had something in common. They were all purchased within two weeks from the same seller on various local online resale sites. Based on this, KrisFix assumed that the cards were used for cryptocurrency mining. However, this did not explain the reason for such severe physical damage to the GPUs, since according to buyers of these graphics cards, they worked perfectly immediately after purchase. And in principle there is nothing surprising in this. Hundreds of thousands of graphics cards that flooded into the secondary market after mining ended continue to work great as gaming accelerators for new owners.

Experts assumed that graphics cards could also be operated at unsuitable ambient temperatures when used in cryptocurrency mining. And after prospecting with the help of video cards turned out to be an irrelevant business, accelerators could be stored in warehouses with inappropriate humidity parameters until sold. And it is the combination of these factors that could result in such catastrophic damage to GPU silicon chips after being used by new owners.

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Dylan Harris

Dylan Harris is fascinated by tests and reviews of computer hardware.

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