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Heatsink and Fan removal off a GeForce2?

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Jan 16, 2001
I have a Creative Annihilator2 32meg. I was wondering is there a way to remove the HSF assembly from it with out destroying the core? I'd like to hear from you if you have or know of a way to do this.
I have a Creative Annihilator Pro and I'm having problems removing the heatsink from it. I've tried the freezer trick but so far it's been unsuccessful :mad:. I've removed it from the freezer and worked on it for a little while then stuck it back in about 5 times now with no luck. Well back to work...I'll let you know how it turns out.

Oh yea, what you're supposed to do is stick the video card in an anti-static bag and place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Personally, I like to stick that inside a Ziplock bag to prevent condensation. Then remove it from the freezer and take a flat head screwdriver or credit card and CAREFULLY pry the heatsink off the card. Most people like to stick something like an old cd in between just to make sure they don't scratch the GPU. Sometimes you will also have to do some twisting to get that thing off. Hoot said that he used a heat gun in one of his articles but I didn't think this was a good idea because heat can damage the components. I guess it's ok as long as you watch your temps.

Welcome to the forum, guys!

Sometimes, vid card heatsinks are really really hard to get off. The freezer trick usually helps, but it only weakens the glue a little bit. Most of it is just brute force.

Vid cards are actually a lot stronger than you probably think- as long as you don't squash any surface components, you can safely stick a plastic kinfe or credit card or whatever between the GPU core and HS, and t w i s t slowly until the HS pops off.

The trick is to not let the card bend at all when you do it, and no to use a metal tool. A screwdriver, etc. is stronger than the GPU core by far, and will ruin it.

IF you feel you need to weaken teh glue before you can pull off the HS safely, get some canned air and spray it at theglue held upside down- it'll freeze to far below zero in a few seconds :D
I just did the old flathead screwdriver, pop it off thing on my old GF2 Mx.
Thing flew halfway across the room when it came off so make sure to wear eye protection.

RobStyle said:
I just did the old flathead screwdriver, pop it off thing on my old GF2 Mx.
Thing flew halfway across the room when it came off so make sure to wear eye protection.

He he... Maybe You wouldn´t have courage to do it in a G4Ti :) Maybe lucky, maybe as sayd, they are stronger than we think :) I found My Radeon7500 heatsink a bit anemic.... Still have to study more if the core itself overclocking improove or not games (not 3dmarks) fps beside the ram timing limits.... There´s a nice article about that oc comparison with some GF 3 Ti I suspect... Don´t remember where... When the limiting factor is the ram oc, not the gpu, sometimes it´s not worty the effort of removing the heatsink.... buying some artic epoxy and puting a bigger heatsink that eats 1 or 2 pci slots :) and a bigger fan on It... Just balance the thing before doing it.... Not for the Risk, but not to discover you made something for nothing beside a bit 3dmarks increase that mean nothing in the real world....

Best regards...
I had to heat up the heatsink on my Voodoo to get it off, the freezer trick didn't work. I looped 3DMark for a couple of hours, then tried with a screwdriver and cd. Once it started to come off, I put it back in the system and ran 3Dmark for another half hour, because the glue had cooled down. After I had taken it out the second time, I went at it with the screw driver again, and after 2 mins of careful prying, it popped off. I think the heatsink I have on it now is a little overkill, but it looks cool.
i don't think i'd do the freezer bag thing...i'm very cautious when it comes to static. the antistatic bag would be the safest way to go. a little condensation on the card won't hurt...it shouldn't be going into the system anytime too soon, anyway, since the new epoxy on the card will have to dry.