German Retailer Mindfactory Reports Higher Failure Rate For Radeon 5000 Series GPUs Than NVIDIA Turing

Aug 3, 2020
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One of the most popular statistical sources for AMD fans, german retailer Mindfactory.de has 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 roughly 44,000 AMD GPUs and 76,000 NVIDIA GPUs. It is very likely statistically significant although you should always be mindful when extrapolating trends from a single data source (that applied before and it applies now as well).

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

Interestingly, most of AMD's bad luck seems to be skewed by PowerColor failures. While for other vendors making AMD RX 5700 GPUs, the failure rate hovers between 2-4% just like NVIDIA, PowerColor breaks from the trendline at a whopping 6% failure rate - which almost no other vendor has. The GPU SKU with the worst failure rate is also a PowerColor based design of the RX 5700 XT.

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Here are the failure rate awards:

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

Failure rates are also a partial indicator of the yield issues associated with a particular GPU both in terms of the die and in terms of packaging/assembly. Notice for example that the (relatively) tiny 1660 Ti has almost no RMAs to speak of whales the uber large RTX 2080 Ti has the largest failure rate at 5%. That said, the only anomaly in this data appears to be PowerColor which is showing a lot of failure without any of the tradeoffs (more powerful GPU etc). It is also the biggest reason why AMD Radeon GPUs have a higher failure rate on an overall basis.

The data implies a 36.6% market share for AMD GPUs and a 63.3% share for NVIDIA parts. Keep in mind that the difference in the volume has no leaning on the statistical validity of the data as they are close enough to be valied and at 40000+ samples you see massively diminishing returns in terms of significance anyways (a student's t test is validated at 32 samples for example). Mindfactory data has always proven to be extremely controversial and this looks like its going to be no different.

Failure rate by GPU series

GPU Series Failure 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 2080 4
NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER1
NVIDIA RTX 2070

3
NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER2
NVIDIA RTX 20602
NVIDIA RTX 1660 Ti 0.01

AMD Radeon 5000 Series Failure Rate (RMA %)

VendorGPUs ShippedRMA #RMA %
ASRock2520482
Gigabyte59901763
MSI72801452
PowerColor118706636
Sapphire137003212
XFX2740984
Total:4410014523

NVIDIA Turing Failure Rate (RMA %)

VendorGPUs ShippedRMA #RMA %
Gainward40501073
Gigabyte168703492
KFA2200403742
MSI286805702
Palit40101664
PNY46082
Zotac2170342
Total:7628016072

Products mentioned in this post

RTX 2080
RTX 2080
USD 999.94
RTX 2080 Ti
RTX 2080 Ti
USD 1199.95

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