The last thing I think about when creating or upgrading a PC is whether the screws on my graphics card are tight enough. However, it turns out that even a few slightly loose screws can cause a GPU to overheat. If the cooler is not pressed firmly against the silicon, the graphics chip may heat up more than it should.
This is the case, according to Asus, who investigated the supposedly high temperatures of his AMD RX 5700 series graphics cards when he found that additional pressure on the heat sink could cool these GPUs. According to Asus, AMD is asking manufacturers to mount the cooler with a force of 30 to 40 PSI. However, new screws have been added to increase the mounting pressure to 50 to 60 PSI so that the card can maintain the cooler temperatures.
Here's a diagram that the company shared, though you may find that it gives us no idea how much cooler the new design actually is.
The good news is that you don't have to buy a redesigned graphics card to fix the problem: owners can contact an Asus customer service center or customer service from next month for a free upgrade. Just know that it is not clear how long you will have to disconnect from your desktop graphics card: Asus mentioned that delivering GPU screws to local service centers may be affected by the corona virus, and the company does not state how long this will take or if you have to pay for shipping yourself.
Just don't try to tighten your existing screws yourself: speaking to TechRadar, Asus warns users not to try to fix their own cards.
If you are wondering if your card may need the update, Asus has provided this list:
A common criticism of the RX 5700 line is that the cards may run hotter than the competition – something that some publications like Tom's hardware noted in their reviews. We noticed it too. Maybe other manufacturers are also trying to tighten the cooler.