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German retailer Mindfactory reports higher failure rate for Radeon 5000 series GPUs than NVIDIA Turing

One of the most popular statistical sources for AMD fans, German retailer Mindfactory.de reported RMA statistics and it turns out they saw a higher failure rate for AMD Radeon 5000 series GPUs than NVIDIA Turing parts. This is a very large data set of approximately 44,000 AMD GPUs and 76,000 NVIDIA GPUs. It is most likely statistically significant, although you should always exercise caution when extrapolating trends from a single data source (which was previously and now applies).

AMD Radeon 5000 series GPUs have a higher failure rate than NVIDIA GPUs, most failures occurred under the Powercolor brand

Interestingly, most of AMD’s bad luck seems to be skewed by PowerColor errors. While for other vendors that make AMD RX 5700 GPUs, the failure rate fluctuates between 2-4%, just like NVIDIA, PowerColor breaks off the trendline by a whopping 6% failure rate – which almost no other supplier has. The worst failure rate GPU SKU is also a PowerColor based design of the RX 5700 XT.

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These are the failure rates:

  • GPU-SKU with the worst failure rate: Red Devil Power Color AMD RX 5700 with a failure rate of 13.18%.
  • GPU series with the worst failure rate: RTX 2080 Tis with a failure rate of 5%.
  • GPU IHV with the overall worst failure rate: AMD Radeon with a failure rate of 3.29%.

Failure rates are also a partial indicator of the yield issues associated with a particular GPU, both in terms of mold and packaging / assembly. For example, note that the (relatively) small 1660 Ti has almost no RMAs to speak of whales, the very large RTX 2080 Ti has the largest dropout rate of 5%. That said, the only anomaly in this data seems to be PowerColor, which shows a lot of errors without any of the compromises (more powerful GPU etc.). It’s also the biggest reason why AMD Radeon GPUs generally have a higher failure rate.

The data implies a market share of 36.6% for AMD GPUs and a 63.3% share for NVIDIA components. Please note that the difference in volume does not rely on the statistical validity of the data as they are close enough to be validated and with 40000+ samples you will see hugely decreasing returns in terms of significance anyway (the t test of a student is validated on 32 samples for example). Mindfactory data has always been extremely controversial and this does not seem to be any different.

Failure rate per GPU series

GPU seriesFailure Rate (RMA%)
AMD RX 5700XT4
AMD RX 5700X4
AMD RX 5600 XT2
AMD RX 56001
NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti5
NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER1
NVIDIA RTX 20804
NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER1
NVIDIA RTX 20703
NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER2
NVIDIA RTX 20602
NVIDIA RTX 1660 Ti0.01

AMD Radeon 5000 series failure rate (RMA%)

SellerGPUs shippedRMA #RMA%
ASRock2520482
Gigabyte59901763
MSI72801452
PowerColor118706636
Sapphire137003212
XFX2740984
Total:4410014523

NVIDIA Turing Failure Rate (RMA%)

SellerGPUs shippedRMA #RMA%
Gainward40501073
Gigabyte168703492
KFA2200403742
MSI286805702
Palit40101664
PNY46082
Zotac2170342
Total:7628016072

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