Very bad news for the image of MSI and its users in the Chinese market, where the company has seen its entire graphics card series based on the GeForce GTX 1070 gone faulty. As you read, all MSI GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards are defective in China, including the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming Z, MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X, MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming and MSI GeForce GTX 1070 DUKE (exclusive model for Asia only). According to several reports all these models are suffering from artifacts and multiple errors.
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Quality Problem In China, 100% RMA Return Rate
The real reason for all this defective production is unknown, but it is logical to think its production problem, because all affected graphics cards were manufactured at the factory in China, not Taiwan. The production factory in Taiwan supplied graphics cards to other markets (Europe, USA, etc.). Next to the factory, another reason could be that these graphics cards had used Micron memory chips (non-affected models are equipped with Samsung chips), which might lead to temperature problems that would be causing these artifacts by excess heat. Although none of the two hypotheses have been confirmed by the company.
As expected, MSI officially announced all affected models to the Chinese market and apologizes for the problems caused. The company also asked stores and wholesalers to accept returns of all graphics cards for analysis. Until the problem is not resolved. MSI has sold 200000 units globally and more than 8000 units were sold in mainland China.