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post #21 of 29
hmmm...reminds me of the old Chaintech videocards...
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post #22 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by srsdude View Post
I will do some major testing and see what's really happening, because there are no artifacts in games or any other application besides firefox whatsoever.. I think I'm just overreacting and a TIM replacement would be fine.
Ohhh I saw this happened to someone a long time ago. The guy had artifact also only in firefox. Maybe time to update to FF4.0.1

edit: also update your adobe flash plug-in.
    
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post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by robwadeson View Post
Ohhh I saw this happened to someone a long time ago. The guy had artifact also only in firefox. Maybe time to update to FF4.0.1

edit: also update your adobe flash plug-in.
I'm on the latest FF version
post #24 of 29
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So far it looks like it's been a false alarm about the card dying. I ran numerous tests, with no artifacts whatsoever, and just today I got some Shin Etsu thermal paste and I will clean out the GPU within the next 2 weeks..
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Whatever you do, do not bake it. ATI cards hate baking from my experience.
    
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post #26 of 29
just for reference, openead and cleaned the good ole 4870x2, applied new thermal paste and now it runs like a champ!

yeah had tons of dust, filth and who knows what lol
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MexGT View Post
just for reference, openead and cleaned the good ole 4870x2, applied new thermal paste and now it runs like a champ!

yeah had tons of dust, filth and who knows what lol
I've been running mine for about a year and a half with no maintenance at all.
post #28 of 29
Please reconsider changing the TIM.
Taking apart the card is just not worth it (higher chances of breaking it).

I suggest you simply clean out any dust without taking apart the card.
Temps won't change more than 5c or so (after changing the TIM) and these cards can take up to 100c.
So airflow is the most important thing here.
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post #29 of 29
My first HD5870 did the same, but after... like 8 months of getting it.

RMAd it.

The PWM driver was failing (it was reaching the Tjmax for the IC), thus not constant enough power was being delivered.

In return I got the same card, but with twice the OCing potential (885MHz vs 965MHz on this one). It also runs much cooler.
   
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