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Originally Posted by farmdve View Post
I plan to RMA it, the rather unpleasant thing is, i opened it a few days prior to clean off the heatsink from dust and stuff.
I could lie my ass off for the retail store to accept the RMA request.
Yeah, like tout said above, did you clean off the thermal paste? (the goopy stuff between the GPU itself, and the heatsink of the cooler)
Or did you simply put it back with the original thermal paste still in place after dusting it out?

If you ever remove a cooler from a processor, always have fresh thermal paste at the ready to replace the old stuff, even if you only did it a few weeks ago.

I'm guessing that a simple application of fresh TIM may probably sort your GPU troubles out, however you need to take heed at what people have been saying in this thread. Use other's clocks and voltages as goals and work your way up slowly, not hit the target then back down 'cos it don't work, by then the damage is done.
When you have a problem once, back off the OC and voltages, underclock if you must, try to figure out what went wrong and seek to rectify it, don't do this:
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The card was doing great, although there were occasional lock ups in which there was no signal to the monitor and fan went to 100%.
The only way to fix this was a reboot from the Power buttons, as the reset switch didn't work at all. This happened about 15-20 times(a lot, I know) and the final time it happened it was different; fan did not go to 100% as usual
At the first lockup/problem you shoulda thought "hey, something's not right", not let it happen 15-20 times more.
If you spend the night with a girl you've just met and your boy-bits end up sore and spotty, you don't go back 15-20 times... You go "woah, aint going back there, off to the doctors for some ointment!! Gonna tell my boys to steer clear of her man, well except those that I don't like, mwuhahahah!"

People are right in saying it's your fault and getting a little narced. RMA's are to protect the consumer from faults of the product, not faults of the owner. The more RMA's happen, the more the industry is at a loss, the higher prices rise to counter it.

Third party coolers are there for a reason, I popped one on mine a week or two after I bought it. The only time you won't really need a new cooler is if your card came with an awesome non-reference model.
MOSFET cooling is equally important on Graphics Cards as it is on Motherboards.
If you wanna push your hardware, you've gotta be prepared to keep it cool with a bit of extra dough.

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Originally Posted by Alphonze View Post
Before you RMA it throw it in the oven and bake it at 500 degrees for 30 minutes., make sure the plastic cover is on there.
You mate, are WIN.
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Some advice from another bitcoin miner:
Reload the OS. I tried overclocking my 5850 and although I didn't raise the voltage that high, the card started doing odd things, and my M/Hash was very unstable. Reloaded windows, everything works fine. You may not be able to achieve as high clocks, but it is a last attempt to save a *possibly* fried card.
hope your mining works out ok
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You killed the card. Plain simple. Why? You should be able to that out yourself. I own a 5850 and a 5870, both run 1000:1200 1.25v 24/7 folding without issue.
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I suspect that when you took the card appart, you didn't properly reseat the heatsink, and that's why the card overheats so badly. You need to clean off the stock thermal paste (leave the pads) and re-apply your own.

Its not that its making more heat, its that the heat isn't getting to the heatsink and your fan tries to fix it by spinning up to 100%....but there's no heat to blow away because its not being dissipated in the heatsink.
    
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The card doesn't overheat. It could be like 77C under load and less than 100 on the VRMs and still could lock up.
I've monitored it.

The only thing that seems to be the cause are the VRMs. According to AIDA(former Everest) im getting quite the high values than i did before.
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The card doesn't overheat. It could be like 77C under load and less than 100 on the VRMs and still could lock up.
I've monitored it.

The only thing that seems to be the cause are the VRMs. According to AIDA(former Everest) im getting quite the high values than i did before.
Now you've learned your lesson. Next time, go easier on the voltage. If you don't want to RMA (which you shouldn't; if you do, I hope they deny it), revert back to stock voltage and over-clock to the max. that's stable.
    
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There is nothing to revert to, it's at stock and still has these problems, but only if i force them with OCCT or any kind of load that uses 99% gpu.
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@LOL_Wut_Axel
There is nothing to revert to, it's at stock and still has these problems, but only if i force them with OCCT or any kind of load that uses 99% gpu.
Well, now you really learned your lesson. Now you're stuck with a degraded GPU. Don't RMA it; you caused it. Your fault.

Also, use the Quote function.
    
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Then i should probably add, while I did this to the card, many OCN guys told me it could handle 1.3mV and i've seen them go as far as 1000 core clock on the card.
What went wrong with mine?
Would you jump off a bridge too ?

I never took mine much over 1.2v TBH the VRMs cannot handle it and from what temps your showing us id be willing to say one or more of them went up in smoke. Im honestly surprised its even booting.
    
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And i said that people told me it could handle that much voltage. I never took mine over 1.200 at all. And it was at 1.200 for just a bit.
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