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bioevolve

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Yesterday I notice my second video card temps were very high 100c!!!!
Then my computer locked up, I thought maybe the water blcok came loose.
Nope, I re-applied, nope. Maybe bad water block, nope. Tried the stock heat sink and fan, nope. After many times of re-appling thermal paste between water block and stock h/s&fan, when removing the stock h/s&fan the cap came off of the GPU proc!!!! I was like WTF!!!!! Then I realized why the temps were so high and so fast to climb. It was not making contact!
Under the gpu proc cap is thermal goop with a copper cap that is coated with nickel or aluminum, that has worked it way loose. The adhesive has weakend. So just be careful when re-appling many time lol.
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So I decied to just for go the cap all together and mount the water block on the die directly. In essence, cut out the middle man lol. Careful not to crunch/chip the die. Like the old days for the Athlon XP/MP chips. I remember chipping a few of those lol. :thup:
That die has a super mirror shine!!! I also removed the cap off the other video card and did the same. :attn:
Running about 5-7c cooler now!!!!!
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ssjwizard

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Mar 12, 2002
Good job.

On another note if you were using FC blocks this would not work.
 
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bioevolve

bioevolve

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True, and stock h/s&fan would not work either.
Unless you used a filler/spacer, like a copper cold plate or something like that.
Would have to be the same thickness or just reuse the cap carefully. :thup:
 

Frakk

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I do reapply Thermal Compound probably way more then i need to as i run a constant high overclock, but lucky for me my GPU has no heat spreader...

Makes me sweat every time i do it with AS5, that stuff conducts like copper wire. :shock:
 
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bioevolve

bioevolve

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I do reapply Thermal Compound probably way more then i need to as i run a constant high overclock, but lucky for me my GPU has no heat spreader...

Makes me sweat every time i do it with AS5, that stuff conducts like copper wire. :shock:

You are lucky yours is made that way. :salute: