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Hi guys,i have a sapphire 1950 xtx here,and the screwdown heatsinks are tight as can be without shearing and there is a visible gap between the sinks and the vram/vregs etc...

I cleaned out the main heatsink and i noticed the lack of contact,so i took the card apart and there is just dried thermal paste on the chips but nothing on the sinks,making me think contact was never made?

The card works (only tested basic browsing not furmark) but obviously the thick sinks are there for a reason,has anyone else encountered this?
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They should have those thermal pads between them. I know they start to disintergrate after a while (my GX2's pads just crumbled away when I took it apart). Maybe the previous owner of the card removed them and forgot to put new ones on thinking paste was enough?
 
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post #3 of 6
The 1900's had pads (one loooooooong pad on the heatsink side) on the VRMs.

They also had pads for the memory chips. The actual GPU die was paste.
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post #4 of 6
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great
+1s guys
i will search out some thermal tape.
are these cards any good?
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post #5 of 6
They were in 2006-07

Kinda hard to relate it to something available today. Entry level/low-mid current cards are probably about as fast as it.
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post #6 of 6
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ok mate
i got a couple of old cards laying around that i should sell if i am not going to use,obviously i dont want to sell dodgy gear so i better get the tape on!
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