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Old 03-04-07, 12:22 AM Thread Starter   #1
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I almost cried tonight!


So let me set the stage for you.

You are playing your favorite online FPS game having a decent night enjoying your just purchased Ati X1900XT 512 off the classifieds a mere week ago. Your in the middle of a rush when out past the realm of your headphones and the netherworld of CS you hear a clunking sound. The sound perturbs you because it sure sounded like it came from your PC, but you have a Wife and 5 children so you choose to disregard it as just another random noise that is so common in your home.

So back to the game, as you round the corner to take on your 1st wave of opponents the unthinkable happens. Your screen gets all blocky with random colors and your PC crashes. You panic, you jump up and run to the light switch and that's when you notice an unpleasant odor. Not a burning electrical smell, but a bad odor nonetheless. So you open the side of your case and you discover this scene laid out before you-






















So by now your scared and ****ed and confused. So quickly you turn off your PC and do damage assessment. You realize that the cooler has fallen off the video card because it got so damn hot the solder meted and thats A LOT of solder. So you take out the video card and fearfully remove the cooler plate and determine that it looks like you might be ok. So with trepidation you clean up the core and give it a fresh coat of AS5 and attach to the MCW60 that it still part of the loop that a 7900GT used to mated to it. And you reboot your PC and proceed straight to ocforums to tell your tale.

What a crazy turn of events for me. What may have been my saving grace is that my FPS game of choice is CS:CZ which is an older game and has such low GFX needs that I had turned the core clock down to 500Mhz and subsequently was able to turn the core voltage all the way down to 1.075V. The funny part is the ATiTool profile I had loaded was set to turn the fan to 100% so I have no clue how it happened. The night before after playing CS:CZ the core temp never went above 56C which is AWESOME for an X2 on an 1900XT which I attributed that temp to the very low core voltage.











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Old 03-04-07, 12:27 AM   #2
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wow your lucky, glad its ok.

I loved my x1900xt 512 so much, i kept it 11months, the longest i have ever hung onto any piece of hardware, second being my 2.8ghz 165 opty that stayed with my like 7 months.

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Old 03-04-07, 12:30 AM   #3
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Wow, that would suck! I'm glad it worked out for you in the end.

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Old 03-04-07, 12:34 AM   #4
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Wowzers! That's is crazy. Did the fan stop on the thing or something? Just trying to figure out how it got hot enough to melt the solder??


Cool that it didn't kill the card (didn't hurt that LCD did it? )

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Old 03-04-07, 12:35 AM   #5
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Old 03-04-07, 12:43 AM Thread Starter   #6
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Yeah I am glad that experience is OVER!

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Old 03-04-07, 12:48 AM Thread Starter   #7
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Wowzers! That's is crazy. Did the fan stop on the thing or something? Just trying to figure out how it got hot enough to melt the solder??


Cool that it didn't kill the card (didn't hurt that LCD did it? )
Either the fan failed or ATiTool lied to me about setting the fan 100%. Either way it's on a water now and is running 38C loaded in CS:CZ with that low core voltage. And other than the LCD being at fault for needing a video card with 512 RAM(I got a 1.1ns too) it is fine Mr. Jive!

Edit: I just plugged the fan into the video card cooler and it works so I guess ATiTool failed me some how.

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Old 03-04-07, 01:41 AM   #8
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um... WOW

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Old 03-04-07, 02:29 AM   #9
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um... WOW
Yea, thats pretty brutal dude, ive never seen ANYTHING of the sorts.

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Old 03-04-07, 03:00 AM   #10
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I would've given up all computers then and there. Glad that it didn't die.

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Old 03-04-07, 04:12 AM   #11
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lol

ATI are not the best

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Old 03-04-07, 07:53 AM   #12
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Holy sh*t Glad it's ok man.
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ATI are not the best

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give the man a cigar he speaks the truth !

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Old 03-04-07, 12:21 PM   #15
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Funny how nV fans are flaming the card when it was obviously a cooling failure.
The card is still alive and 0wning.(the rival D3D_9c lineup)

I have only seen then happen once before, with my ghetto-cooled P-II... the fan blew into pieces with a loud clunk and a few mins later... the heatsink melted into pieces... all over my mainboard.

Good thing the voltage was soo low at the time.

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Damn, lucky guy


Glad everything turned out alright... that would be just enough to trigger heart failure for me.


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