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Which is the best way to take the GPU heatsink off?

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LiGhTBoY

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I have a Creative 3DBlaster Riva TNT2 VANTA PCI (a long name, I know it :) ). I want to take the heatsink off and add a Koolance waterblock to it . I read that you could take it off by either heating it with a hairdryer or by putting it in a freezer. Which is the safest and best way to take the heatsink off?

PS
I have its memory running at MAX 166. I got 170 in the past.
1) Will adding a cheap heatsink (DIY) to the ram chips make it go higher?
2) Does it matter if the GPU is set at a higher speed than its RAM ?

Thanks
 

Dissolved

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well freezer is what ive done the last 4 times i traded heasinks on my ti500.. (i was playing musikal heatsinks :rolleyes: )
20mins in the freezer in a anti static bag..
then get an old cc or pencap (hey whatever works right?) and pray each coner a lil then pick the deepest coner the cc(whatever u use that plastic) lighty in then push of and POP, it should come right right.
blow drying it, may decrease its life, no proven just IMO.
im sure its not on there very well seeing is a pretty old card has they didnt care much about cooling then.
good luck! :beer:

"The Truth Is Out There" - i like that quote, thats on par with mine! X-files were really coo till they got really gorey, and they always seemed to show the nasty ones while i was eating.. but anyways, nice to see a "truth" related quote :) :beer:
 

-=UR=- Ranger

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Use some credit card and a screwdriver to pry the HS of the Card. Simply put the credit card on the Vid Card and use the screwdriver on top of the credit card. That way you won't damage the PCB or any other thingies on the board...
 

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-=UR=- Ranger said:
Use some credit card and a screwdriver to pry the HS of the Card. Simply put the credit card on the Vid Card and use the screwdriver on top of the credit card. That way you won't damage the PCB or any other thingies on the board...

i wouldnt use a screwdriver, as it may apply too much pressure, and my slip and damage the card. if you freez the card good enough, a cc will be good enough. it took me a few mins (bout 10) working on the praying be4 it poped off. be sure to take your time, and get a lil soap and nail polish remover to clean the extra epoxy off.
 

-=UR=- Ranger

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Dissolved said:


i wouldnt use a screwdriver, as it may apply too much pressure, and my slip and damage the card. if you freez the card good enough, a cc will be good enough. it took me a few mins (bout 10) working on the praying be4 it poped off. be sure to take your time, and get a lil soap and nail polish remover to clean the extra epoxy off.

The screwdriver worked fine for me on the last 3 vid cards. Ok, I would only use it, if the HS may still be hard to get off....
So, first use your hands, and if they don't work, use a screwdriver with a wide blade...
 

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Just to add in here, but did you realize that your waterblock is worth more than the actual card?? And it wont gain you much improvement, especially with todays games etc??? Why not use that trick piece of equipment on say something like a GF2,3 8500 etc??? You can pick up these cards now for around $100 and a water block will do them wonders too!
 

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TheWIZ:Part2 said:
Just to add in here, but did you realize that your waterblock is worth more than the actual card?? And it wont gain you much improvement, especially with todays games etc??? Why not use that trick piece of equipment on say something like a GF2,3 8500 etc??? You can pick up these cards now for around $100 and a water block will do them wonders too!

yea i agree (Yes i do agree! hehe), but some ppl dont have hundards to blow, they they think better cooling and overclocking will do it! but in most cases, Overclocking should be applyed t the newest things and making them better. well i guess im confusing myself. but yes watercooling a 8500/gf3-4 would yeild way better results.
TheWIZ:part2 :beer:
 

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Dissolved: Ill also agree on the money part, but when somebody has money for a waterblock cooling setup, I would think they would have the money for something more than a TNT2 which is a complete waste of time to watercool anyway. It just doesnt make sense here.
 

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TheWIZ:Part2 said:
Dissolved: Ill also agree on the money part, but when somebody has money for a waterblock cooling setup, I would think they would have the money for something more than a TNT2 which is a complete waste of time to watercool anyway. It just doesnt make sense here.

but there always ppl that spend ever dime for watercooling a older pc to oc, then buying a new one too. he may have spent his last 40 bucks. alot of ppl here are young, like you told me. so money canbe hard to come by at that age. :)
 

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I used the old freezer for 30 mins credit card screwdriver trick and it came right off, the old epoxy was another story, had to use carb cleaner to even touch it, then cleaned it again with rubbing alcohol.
 
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LiGhTBoY

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After reading all your replies I did a little "searching" around and came up with a GF2 for about..... ( let me get that calculator) $110 - locally . I could buy this and have that watercooled and in my XP system and this TNT2 in my P system. This is as high as I can get. I don't want to spend a fortune on a graphics card since I don't play 3d games ( I spend my time on oc.com and in these forums :) ).

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Where did i put that old pentium HS to install it on my TNT2???
 
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LiGhTBoY

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LiGhTBoY said:

PS
I have its memory running at MAX 166. I got 170 in the past.
1) Will adding a cheap heatsink (DIY) to the ram chips make it go higher?
2) Does it matter if the GPU is set at a higher speed than its RAM ?

Thanks
Hey guys , thanks for the replies but nobdy answered these questions.Thanks again:)
 

TUK101

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O.K. I'll answer your questions. Yes to #1, but probably not by much. No to #2,it really doesnt matter, as the GPU can usually run higher than the ram.
 

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110 for a GF2?

how about spend 40 more dollars, head over to your
local best buy, and get yo self a radeon 8500!!!!

trust me, you will be much happier with this card.
 

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Starfox said:
110 for a GF2?

how about spend 40 more dollars, head over to your
local best buy, and get yo self a radeon 8500!!!!

trust me, you will be much happier with this card.

yea, 40 bucks aint that hard to come by, and ull get a good 2k point increse in 3dmark :)
 
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LiGhTBoY

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150 from where? If it's an online site can it ship to Cyprus?Thanks again :)