I've been in the process of trying to repair a faulty GTX 1070. In my previous question I asked about a blown MOSFET which was answered and I replaced it and amazingly the card now has a full compliment of voltages in the board.

However, when testing for the first time after fitting the new MOSFET this trace at the far end of the board blew, next to the DVI connector. Funnily enough, I had the DVI plugged in to a display of which worked with the previously removed card. You can see the tiny crater left behind next to the DVI port of which the trace was attached to ground (until I cleaned it out)

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Looking on the forum's elsewhere, it looks like this part of the circuit is tied into the switching circuit that switches from the PCIE 12V supply to the 8 pin PCIE supply. So like, if you didn't thave the PCIE 8 pin plugged in, it would use the slots 12V supply to display something along the lines of 'plug in PCIe cable'


So I've found a boardview diagram of a GTX1080 which use the same reference circuit, likewise a schematic of a GTX1080 which when compared against matches exactly but still can't figure out why this would have blown.

So the circuit in question is NV12V which takes a 12V feed (12V_F) from the PCIE slot. This comes to Q521 PNP mosfet which was originally blown and since replaced with the same model of mosfet but perhaps slightly higher current ability. Once the mosfet was replaced, I had a full compliment of voltages on the board i.e. the GPU was powered as was RAM.

It was then following this new mosfet fit that the Via then popped. The boardview below shows which components are attached to this circuit.

I can tell you now that: C545 is not short but connected to the rail
Q521 is not short but connected to the rail
R618 is not short but connected to the rail
R931 is not short but not connected directly to the rail - reads ~732ohm to NV12V
R937 Does not exist on board (DP/Quadro only)
R938 is not short but not connected to the rail
R975 is not short but is connected to the rail to Q564

Looking over the board, there's nothing shorted out, probing resistors, transistors, mosfets, nothing has shorted out.

I'm thinking mechanical failure perhaps? The board looks ok but the ports and bracket are corroded

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm finding it hard to spot the damage in the pictures. Can you circle it or something? \$\endgroup\$ – user253751 Jun 10 '20 at 21:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ That last picture does look like it's got a small crater in the middle of it. \$\endgroup\$ – Dampmaskin Jun 11 '20 at 7:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ Blowing a crater in a PCB where there was previously a small trace likely means something has been shorting to a rail with enough current to blow it up, you may need to compare against a working card or start continuity chaching to other components to work out what happened, as the schematics are not public to my knowledge. \$\endgroup\$ – Reroute Jun 11 '20 at 9:02

The circuit in question is the NV12V circuit on the PCB.

I've concluded that a short occured within the multi layer PCB on the NV12V circuit after Q521 between R931 and R938, possibly in the vicinity of the plated via.

This short, initially blew out the Q521 MOSFET as it was likely only rated to 115mA. Once replaced, Q521 was able to supply up to 300mA which once powered again supplied enough power to blow out the plated via on the PCB. Either way, there was still a short.

I've drilled the plated via out and the short remains and so seeing only R931 and R938 remain, desoldered their resistors and replaced them with others overboard directly to the remaining NV12V circuit.

The card lives! Albeit the HDMI isn't detected, the DVI is and that's enough for now.


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