This article is a summary of a YouTube video "We Bought 6 Dead GPUs. Can We Fix Them?" by Linus Tech Tips

Resurrecting Dead GPUs: A Journey of Restoration

TLDRJoin us as we revive dead GPUs and uncover the root causes of their demise. From corroded components to bridged resistors, we showcase the process of cleaning, repairing, and testing GPUs, all in hopes of bringing them back to life. Don't miss the surprising discoveries and the satisfaction of resurrecting these once-dead graphics cards.

Key insights

💀Dead GPUs can sometimes be revived through cleaning, repairs, and testing.

🧪Corrosion, spilled liquids, and short circuits are common culprits behind GPU failures.

🔧Disassembling and cleaning GPUs can help identify and fix issues.

🚀Updating firmware, checking temperatures, and replacing thermal pads can improve GPU performance.

💡Unexpected solutions, such as fixing an unrelated component or replacing a damaged resistor, can revive dead GPUs.


What are common reasons for GPU failure?

GPU failure can be caused by issues such as overheating, faulty drivers, power surges, defective components, and physical damage.

Can all dead GPUs be fixed?

Not all dead GPUs can be revived, as some failures may be due to irreparable damage or manufacturing defects. However, cleaning and repair attempts can be successful in many cases.

What tools are needed to revive dead GPUs?

Tools commonly used for GPU revival include isopropyl alcohol for cleaning, compressed air for dust removal, a multimeter for testing, and thermal pads for replacement.

Is it worth repairing a dead GPU?

The decision to repair a dead GPU depends on the cost of repairs, the value of the GPU, and the availability of alternative options. In some cases, repairing can be more cost-effective than buying a new GPU.

What precautions should be taken when cleaning GPUs?

When cleaning GPUs, it is important to avoid spinning the fans with compressed air to prevent damage. It is also recommended to wear an anti-static wrist strap and work in a well-ventilated area.

Timestamped Summary

00:00Introduction: We embark on a journey to revive dead GPUs and uncover the causes behind their failures.

03:38Initial steps: We verify if the dead GPUs are truly deceased and explore common reasons for GPU failure.

08:48Cleaning and inspection: We disassemble the GPUs, clean them thoroughly, and examine their components for any visible issues.

09:59Fixing corrosion: We encounter GPUs with corrosion and demonstrate how cleaning and reassembly can revive them.

10:51Identifying culprits: We encounter a GPU with a bridged resistor and discuss how such issues can be resolved.

13:36Checking firmware and temperatures: We update firmware, test temperatures, and discuss the impact on GPU performance.

15:30Unexpected solutions: We share surprising discoveries, such as fixing unrelated components to revive dead GPUs.

16:54Conclusion: We reflect on the journey of reviving dead GPUs and the satisfaction of bringing them back to life.