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Sapphire AMD Radeon 6670 dead - transistor identification required please!

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Hi all,

First off, I want to thank Dave for his fantastic blog and content on YouTube. I'm a complete newbie when it comes to electronics, but that doesn't mean I'm not willing to get stuck in!  ;D

Anyhow, I recently bought a Sapphire AMD Radeon 6670 graphics card on eBay; it was advertised as untested and upon looking at it, I noticed there was a huge hole in transistor Q4 on the PCB. It made it nearly impossible to read the part number but I *think* it was possibly 1417 3M03, or 3W03.

Anyway, is anyone here able to advise on where I can get a replacement, or if I indeed have the right part number. Long shot but if anyone has the same card and can provide a definite part number I'd be over the moon.

Cheers for the help guys!


EDIT: Here's a picture of a similar board - Not the same but a similar layout and very possibly similar power requirements.

Google: smd marking 3W03 gives http://www.smd-ic.net/product.aspx?id=381801
that identifies TC3W03FU in a VFSOP8/SSOP8 package that is wrong for Q4.
But do you get the idea and process?  ;)

Q4 on that similar board photo you posted appears to be a 1117 regulator in a SOT223 package (e.g. http://www.ti.com/product/lm1117-n, http://www.linear.com/product/LT1117).
I would guess it is the adjustable version, based on the nearby pair of resistors.

Wow, many thanks guys! I've sourced it online and shall order one to see if I can revive this card; it's worth a try surely?! I'll keep ya'll posted on the results! Thanks again for helping out a complete newbie and being so helpful despite me being somewhat rude and 'barging' in asking for help on my first post! :P


Hmm... Well as a quick update, I did replace the transistor and said component now gets very hot! I have no idea as to what could be wrong with this card due to my limited knowledge, but if anyone else wants me to take some high resolution scans or pictures and wants a crack at it, I'm all ears :)



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