RTX 2060 FE Tear-Down: They Added More Glue and Screws

  • Published on Jan 7, 2019
  • The NVIDIA RTX 2060 Founders Edition is more difficult to open than even the previous RTX FE cards, now adding more glue to the process.
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    The RTX 2060 is a significantly more competitive RTX offering than previous RTX cards, but still faces the same challenges in assembly for the Founders Edition model. There are still a lot of screws, there's still glue, but now it's more difficult to get the cooler off, thus making it more difficult to replace the thermal paste on the RTX 2060. Servicing the RTX 2060 Founders Edition model will be difficult.
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  • Gamers Nexus
    Gamers Nexus  5 months ago +123

    Find the review here: ru-clip.com/video/b4Kfrc3kk_c/video.html

    • Joshua Bell
      Joshua Bell 5 months ago +1

      Hey Steve@GamersNexus, with it being as close as it is to the RTX2070, do you think you could possibly fit an EK RTX2070 waterblock to this card? Looking to do an open loop, but don't want to spend RTX2070 prices just to do it. This is purely aesthetics, but not for my Ryzen 7 I'd be pairing it with. Your thoughts?

    • Riskteven
      Riskteven 5 months ago

      Steve I have a question, Why are everyone comparing this very product with Apple products and seem to condemn all NVIDIA products based on this solely item? It is starting to become annoying, I hope you will make a video about this. People modify products like this to run with water cooling and all as well. Or is it just pure envy from poor people who think Apple products are better because trendy rich people use it?

    • l A.I-M l
      l A.I-M l 5 months ago

      are you sure there isn't a connector hidden under the cablesleeve?

    • Henry McCausland
      Henry McCausland 5 months ago

      similar buils quility to walmart pc

  • Wing Nut
    Wing Nut 3 days ago

    Thermal paste...the new topical cream

  • Sunsanvil
    Sunsanvil 20 days ago

    As convoluted as this thing is, would I be right in saying that if you just needed to replace a fan, separating the cooler from the card is not actually required? It seems that if you free the shroud, rotate it 90deg, you can get at the fans. The only chore would be removing the "RTX2060" plate in order to get at the fans' third screw, and their connection to that little circuit board in the middle. Do I have that right?

  • the dark heart of the earth

    fucking glue no please no no noooooooo

  • Twinrehz
    Twinrehz Month ago

    It looks like nVidia is saying....... *SCREW* you!

  • Ontron Kien
    Ontron Kien Month ago

    13:40 for this reason i wont ever buy nvidia again

  • Ontron Kien
    Ontron Kien Month ago

    thanks, i wont ever buy nvidia again, lets go for amd!

  • Do Tech
    Do Tech Month ago

    I hate Nvidia in general but they do make some sexy looking founders addition cards.

  • CitizenX
    CitizenX Month ago

    I really wanted to redo my 2060 FE with thermal grizzly kryonaut (in H200 itx setup). After seeing that though... :/

  • pbpager
    pbpager 2 months ago

    This video convinced me to not buy this card. PITA to take apart to do any thermal paste upgrades or changing fans..... I'll pass. Thanks for the upload

  • i, Scotticus
    i, Scotticus 2 months ago

    There's so much "why" about this damned card.

  • NoesisAndNoema
    NoesisAndNoema 2 months ago

    Be careful... They may start using plastic melt-posts or rivets or sonic-welded rods, in the future, if you keep complaining about screws. Or just all glue! The new slogan will be, "NVIDIA, no one knows what's inside!"

  • Doom2pro
    Doom2pro 2 months ago

    Fine Glue (tm)

  • Curious Cat
    Curious Cat 2 months ago

    I bet they glued that part of the cable because they tried to close the whole thing and the cable would come out and get caught somewhere. So to avoid this, they glue it.

  • Rhyas9
    Rhyas9 2 months ago

    Nvidia: Next time, we epoxy the whole damn thing!

  • Notpoop
    Notpoop 2 months ago

    It's a far cry from my old 3 fan Gigabyte 7970 that was literally 4 screws to remove the entire heat sync and fan assembly LOL

  • V
    V 2 months ago

    Everyone acting like Apple isn't going to help the world get better.

  • Michał Madeja
    Michał Madeja 2 months ago

    WOW, they are more stupid than i tought, thank god i didnt buyed any of RTX! I'm waiting for NAVI, with my GTX 1080 TI (used) i might survive till review of new Navi cards.

  • Jay Time
    Jay Time 2 months ago

    they should have used a 6pin the way its wired wouldnt have mattered

  • Michael Corcoran
    Michael Corcoran 2 months ago

    hey steve i enjoy your videos. Keep up the good work.

  • Kenneth Jackson
    Kenneth Jackson 2 months ago

    a billion screws

  • Cheng Zhang
    Cheng Zhang 2 months ago

    what is 2060 in RTX2060 stand for?

    screw count

  • Saša Šimunović
    Saša Šimunović 2 months ago

    "If you like sniffing glue you should apply it everywhere." - nVidia R&D department.

  • josh otis
    josh otis 2 months ago

    What is up with firefox 4k and your channel it drops frames idk WTH

  • Yu Jay
    Yu Jay 2 months ago

    I don't like how the power socket is wired in on an extension.. Using that card as a test bench card would just kill it, those wires will snap from removing the power cable a lot over time..

  • Killeemegeee
    Killeemegeee 2 months ago

    i need that right angle screwdriver

  • Zeek M
    Zeek M 3 months ago

    Glue LOL

  • MurderMedia
    MurderMedia 3 months ago

    I remember how the 200 series nvidia cards featured these wrap around full body back plates, and they really felt high quality vs what was previously done with bare PCBs

  • Taylor
    Taylor 3 months ago

    This hurt to watch him slam the cards around on the table...

  • seven
    seven 3 months ago

    Red Loctite on GPU Screws? Hell, Red Loctite is for shit like Engine Flywheels.

  • Medi Darmawan
    Medi Darmawan 3 months ago

    Does RTX 2060 has the same GDDR6 memory problems like the 2080? Is it the same Micron GDDR?

  • BlueSmokeGamer
    BlueSmokeGamer 3 months ago

    Meanwhile at Nivida: Do think Steve will figure out we did this just to fuck with him?

  • Noah Spencer
    Noah Spencer 3 months ago

    Why do you take the cards apart?

  • ZeroRed1
    ZeroRed1 3 months ago

    Nvidia is taking the Apple business model applying it to video cards. For every extra screw they use that's another $10 they add to the cost. Because everybody knows the more screws used makes it a better products. Or just shows how much your getting screwed.

  • Valerie Kempen
    Valerie Kempen 3 months ago +1

    amd says hi 😋

  • Yuurekk
    Yuurekk 3 months ago

    they obviously change screw' sizes to make a common user be frustrated to fix their own product.

  • David Mc
    David Mc 3 months ago

    Imagine they just glued this card, just for Steve. Sitting there watching sipping tea.

  • Pityu Iam
    Pityu Iam 3 months ago

    "difficult" to open... lmao try a vaio notebook.

  • Neckbreaker Mc
    Neckbreaker Mc 3 months ago

    Next time fast forward the screwing part wasting time.

  • Charles Sami Amyouni
    Charles Sami Amyouni 3 months ago

    Jeez I'll avoid the reference card when I get my RTX 2060. Thanks Tech Jesus!

  • ToonNut1 ToonNut007
    ToonNut1 ToonNut007 3 months ago

    Nvidia likes to screw us 😂😂😂

  • GrandSachemEthylique
    GrandSachemEthylique 3 months ago

    I will never open my RTX 2070. x)

  • procc
    procc 3 months ago

    This channel becoming whining channel? ^^

  • Nick Shvelidze
    Nick Shvelidze 3 months ago

    Fuck you, Nvidia!

  • Serge Ov
    Serge Ov 4 months ago

    Wait...so you disassembled this card without NVIDIA's agreement ?

  • Zenith
    Zenith 4 months ago

    They really don't want you opening these things, do they.

  • IrelandVonVicious
    IrelandVonVicious 4 months ago

    Anyone else boycotting NVIDIA yet?
    Does all AMD all the time due to hating Intel and NVIDIA make you a fan boy?

  • c bass
    c bass 4 months ago

    no reason for a teardown unless your doing work this video has no point

  • untitled
    untitled 4 months ago


  • TH3MS
    TH3MS 4 months ago

    Nvidia and Apple sitting in a tree...

  • Callum Faulds
    Callum Faulds 4 months ago

    "Why? Why Nvidia?" It's called taking the piss and making things harder to repair. Apple are incredibly good at doing it.

  • YoSr
    YoSr 4 months ago

    "annoying buggers (cable), just stick-em with glue!" LOL....

  • NIETSCHE Crossout
    NIETSCHE Crossout 4 months ago +1

    Why the ball sack would you need so many screws and what the fuck is glue doing inside a GPU?! I was quite found of the 8 or 9 screws my PowerColor RX580 had, and my current Gainward 2080 Phantom also isn't so hard to teardown, I belief NVIDIA is trying to set the record for the most complicated card assembly, lucky for them no other company is competing, in this branch.

  • Mordraug
    Mordraug 4 months ago

    I don't know if it's some kind of secret knowledge, but most hot glues, if you pour bit of IPA on them and let it sit for a moment, they become kind of brittle and let go of what they are holding.

  • MrMethadrine
    MrMethadrine 4 months ago

    Glue=more fps

  • Adrenaline Junkie
    Adrenaline Junkie 4 months ago

    They glue to hide the fact it's an over priced GTX 1060.

  • Radu Raducu
    Radu Raducu 4 months ago

    So,whatever you do,don't buy the founder edition

  • ShroudedWolf51
    ShroudedWolf51 4 months ago

    Surely, you know exactly why they are doing this. It's specifically created so that it makes individual repair and maintenance of the card significantly more difficult to encourage people to buy a brand new card rather than fixing their perfectly good existing one.
    At this point, I'm just curious if you just somehow don't realize that this is the case....or, if you are specifically paid not to say things like this out loud.

  • RySec Newton
    RySec Newton 4 months ago

    So if you want to fit a water block to the reference card, you basically have a big headache first just to do that. Were Nvidia purposely trying to piss people off with these RTX cards or what?

  • Johannes Dolch
    Johannes Dolch 4 months ago

    Kinda gives the impression that Nvidia doesn't like random people messing with their shit. (and then sending it in for RMA when they messed everything up)

  • Jeremy Lopes
    Jeremy Lopes 4 months ago

    Why you treat all this like meat? Hurts to watch and hear all the useless banging of the board over the table when I struggle to keep my laptop last as long as possible

  • carlsaischa
    carlsaischa 4 months ago

    Imagine having to put that back together and in the end you have a 2060.

  • getl0st
    getl0st 4 months ago

    So now we have Apple CuntBooks, Microsoft CuntFace's and Cuntvidia's making things just about impossible to fix...

  • SnapShotPro
    SnapShotPro 4 months ago

    Reminds me of things apple does to stop people likeLouis Rossman ducking MacBooks lol

  • pid
    pid 4 months ago

    Using one way to build cards (from 2080 -> 2060) means you need less installations, instructions, people, materials, etc. If you have set up the 2080 construction line, it is more cost effective to stream in the 2060, instead of opting for a completely different and separate solution. You must try and reuse as many machines, people and knowledge as possible. This also means you have less time overhead and you can reuse the same quality tests down the line. I think it makes perfectly sense to look at ROI for already in place machinery, when you have a running industry and don't want to start over from scratch.

  • D Kat
    D Kat 4 months ago

    WTF do they build crap like this making so hard to take apart just plain bs....Like a automaker making it so you have to pull the engine to change spark plugs.

  • Jacob BAMBAM
    Jacob BAMBAM 4 months ago

    "Just Buy It"
    Tom's Hardware

  • Adam949
    Adam949 4 months ago

    I think its clear that nvidia just wants money and wants you to buy a new GPU instead of even replace your thermal paste. I guess in their mind after a few years just throw it away. Even if you just need VGA out...!

  • MagicBas
    MagicBas 4 months ago +1

    I think they just like glue.
    Don't hate on glue lovers.

  • neojack333
    neojack333 4 months ago


  • Mohan King
    Mohan King 4 months ago

    Thermal Grizzy looks like condon ( i mean the package )

  • Acecool
    Acecool 4 months ago

    This is hard to watch. Use your eyes. There looks to be a wire-strain relief screwed on over the connector of the wire you're trying to access... 2 screws... It looks like you can see it at around 12:00 -- There is enough wire to flip it over either by rotating on its side, or by flipping it 180 over itself - that's typically how it is designed so it can come apart.
    Edit: He finally sees it... But we had a saying in the military.. never with force... This pertained to disassembling weapons - if it doesn't move in a certain way, it isn't meant to - don't force it... The same is true for a lot of these other designs....

    Now I hear about the glue - they shouldn't have done that - it should've been made to be easily disassembled...

    Edit: It is a strain relief, not solely for cable management. If you were to rotate it over without that plate, then you could break the connector. Because it was there, with all of your yanking and tugging and fussing, it prevented it from breaking - however they may have glued it because it is a review sample or knew what you were going to do so they added it in case you were going to take it apart without looking, which you did, to prevent damage in case you spotted the strain relief, you didn't, and broke the connector, which you couldn't because of their glue.
    Edit: If they are that new to fan structure building it could simply be them avoiding patents...

  • recogrunt
    recogrunt 4 months ago

    If you think this is bad, you should try repairs on new cars. Things like the infotainment, nav, and/or anything related to the dash area. Sometimes it makes me want to rip my hair out..... I don't understand engineers anymore!!!

  • Nino Borbe
    Nino Borbe 4 months ago


  • KURNTECH Douglas
    KURNTECH Douglas 4 months ago

    this made me very discorage to buy a rtx now lol

  • KURNTECH Douglas
    KURNTECH Douglas 4 months ago

    but i like to put better termal paste what the hell

  • KURNTECH Douglas
    KURNTECH Douglas 4 months ago

    i need help i got a gtx 550ti and wanted to know what was a good upgrade for it in 2019 should i get a rtx 2060

  • Saber YT
    Saber YT 4 months ago

    Nvidia sponsorship with Pidelite

  • bmxmonkey33
    bmxmonkey33 4 months ago +1

    that looks like cast zinc on the cooler. it makes since considering the melting point of copper yeah? The tubes look cast inplace

  • Terlalu Lama
    Terlalu Lama 4 months ago

    Just like smartphone they added glue in smd Chips

  • eivis13
    eivis13 4 months ago

    Steve, this is Nvidia, the crApple of the GPU market, the Qualcomm of visual advancement, the jews of graphics performance.

  • Next G3N Gaming
    Next G3N Gaming 4 months ago

    After watching this I'm returning my card they are pretty much throw aways

  • dominofox
    dominofox 5 months ago

    Had to turn it off when he said sarder.

  • Quirino Passione
    Quirino Passione 5 months ago

    Does anyone make water blocks for this yet? Wanted to add it to my custom loop

  • RainbowArtz HD
    RainbowArtz HD 5 months ago

    Why would you need to open a graphic card? I don't get it

  • Aaron Moody
    Aaron Moody 5 months ago

    buy's nVidia RTX2060 gets home installs it and loads the driver ..... Huang gets a notification and just laughs hysterically and says to himself your so screwed

  • John Paul Bacon
    John Paul Bacon 5 months ago

    Good video. Don't try to understand why this card is made in this manner - it will make your head hurt.

  • Jabari
    Jabari 5 months ago

    Glad I didn’t get the FE. Cleaning that alone will make hate it.

  • Yourgrandma •
    Yourgrandma • 5 months ago

    They've been making these cards for like these 10 years with almost identical designs literally no reason to start using less convenient screws and gluing them together other then planed obsolescence and discouraging you from doing preventive maintenance on the card as performance gains with revisions are starting to slow down.

  • Michael Jensen
    Michael Jensen 5 months ago

    Soak some 99% rubbing alcohol into a paper towel and just smother the super glue with that for like 30 seconds to a minute? -- The hot glue will just stop being sticky and you can just pull it away...

  • Paul Kay
    Paul Kay 5 months ago

    Welcome to the modern planned product obsolescence similar to the way people bought on to the sleek, watertight and sealed BUT disposable phones.

  • VoVaN 85
    VoVaN 85 5 months ago

    Рано сдался.
    Дрель +болгарка
    И Нвидиа отдастся

  • Maggie McFee
    Maggie McFee 5 months ago

    I'm unclear. Are you saying you did the testing _after_ you'd taken it apart and not out-of-the-box? Or did you have more than one card?

  • Jamie Burke
    Jamie Burke 5 months ago

    That's magnesium, not AL. (put a drop of vinegar on it, watch the bubbles)

    • Jamie Burke
      Jamie Burke 5 months ago

      Also, I know it's dank internet thought process to use alcohol on thermal paste, however try a dry shop towel next time. Much easier. Thanks for the vids man.

  • Adam Vanderburg
    Adam Vanderburg 5 months ago

    can you link where you get your replacement thermal pads from?

  • Phyiuck_Yiu
    Phyiuck_Yiu 5 months ago

    He looks like a caveman.

  • Sam Can
    Sam Can 5 months ago

    nvidia:glue it and use 7 screws to hold 1 wire
    XFR: hy guys can i have that zip tie you have?

  • Yifeng Tang
    Yifeng Tang 5 months ago

    Everything just works, the glue works, the screws work, the soldering works, everything just works.

  • Rhevl
    Rhevl 5 months ago

    2060 Fuck that Edition

  • Panda Digital Love
    Panda Digital Love 5 months ago

    Planned obsolescence, they want you to buy another one not fix it or clean it.