Hey folks, first off ill apologise for the audio pop, a filter is on its way!
One of the issue which is repeated in the comments whenever I review a used graphics card is that of reliability and to be fair, a lot of you have a point! I have been fortunate so far in most of my purchases with the majority being pretty much as new and apart from a little bit of dust, you would never know that they had ever been used by someone else.. And to be honest, out of the 4 cards I have received dead on arrival (well 3 DOA and one immediately going up in a puff of blue smoke) only one of those was used, and drawn out returns process made me wish I had bought it online on eBay or PayPal where the buyers protection is really quite brilliant.
But what if you buy something you know doesn’t work? Something unloved and hard used? Well let me introduce you to the Zotac GTX 660Ti. At least I think it's a 660Ti anyway under half a decade of dust, gunk and what smells a 40 a day habit.
Now this card has more than a few issues and immediately after throwing it in the test rig a few issues appear.
Firstly, this card was bought recently and someone has “mis-flashed” the card and corrupted the bios. Secondly, the two fans are spinning at different speeds… no, this is not a precursor to modern “variable fan” technology… one fan -the fastest one - is hitting the heatsink giving a nice tick and the other looks like it’s so constricted by gunk and hair it's actually slowing down.
So its obvious this card needs some TLC, step one will be to reflash the bios. I have fixed a badly flashed AMD HD 6970 in the past and will be using the nvidia tools which follow the same sort of process. For this ZOTAC version of the 660Ti there are 2 available bios files, one revision with higher boost clocks which the previous owner appears to have possibly tried to flash to unsuccessfully . Thankfully, with the NV Flash tool the Bios was unbricked allowing the 660Ti to at the very least boot into windows.
Running a little stress test in 3D mark firestrike highlighted the need for a total refurb, with temperatures rocketing almost instantly, the clocks throttling back and the noise from the fans being comically loud before blue screening
SO out withe the card again and time to disassemble.. But will it work..
The PC we are running the game on consists of the following:
CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 @ 3.7Ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte B85M-DS3H
Ram: 8GB DDR3
Case: Corsair 88R
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