Adhesive Tape Discovered on PowerColor AMD Radeon 6700 XT Cooling Pads

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Graphics card manufacturers are shipping many new products, so occasional mishaps in production are expected to happen. One Reddit user noticed “some little slips of blue” while inspecting their new PowerColor Radeon 6700 XT and discovered that adhesive tape was still on the cooling pads. Fortunately, this is an easy fix, but it could have potentially impacted the performance and lifespan of the card. It is unknown how this detail slipped past final inspection before shipping, but it is hopefully nothing more than a one-off.

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As noted by Igor Wallosek, the mistake could have originated at the OEM factory that makes the coolers for PowerColor. They ship with the thermal pads already installed. Someone at the PowerColor factory must have simply forgotten to remove the covers. What is hard to understand is that the card still left the factory after final inspection and testing.

Source: r/Amd (via Igor’s Lab, VideoCardz)

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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