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I think this thread will make you guys think more about your video cards and you will take much more care.
I noticed that my video card was going insanely hot.
My cousing cryptedivck (he is a member of ocn) came up with an idea,that we should open the video card to pieces,apply thermal paste and clean the dust inside the radiator.
He did 98% of the job and when he opened the video card "surprise".
The radiotar was full of dust,the video card wasn't breathing,the spaces inside the radiator were stoppered with dust .
Before doing this the temps were 65 in idle and 86 in 100% usage.
After all the work the temps are 40 in idle and 65 in 100% usage.
The pictures below are in this order ( before-after) and some pictures with the work in progress.




Edited by fonzye - 5/25/11 at 12:59pm
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Sounds like the story of my 8800GT. Temps kept getting hotter and hotter. One day it was idling at like 55C, which is what it used to hit under full load. I said that's excessive, so I should probably clean it. That thing was packed full of dust. After a good cleaning it idled in the mid 30's and loaded in the low 50's.
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Dude, that card is like 3-4yrs old, that's to be expected..
I clean my entire rig every 4 months.
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Dude, that card is like 3-4yrs old, that's to be expected..
I clean my entire rig every 4 months.
I clean my entire rig also but cleaning the video card it's a hell of a job.
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I clean my tower out every two weeks.

My video card however I still have to take apart after 5 months. I'd suggest doing the video card at least once every 6 months by completely taking it apart.

Blowing the air just into the fan area dosen't remove it through the entire casing for the reference cards.
     
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Not only does dust cause heat, but can produce more static. So ESD is huge possibility.
    
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This is one reason why I don't like slot/cartridge thermal-management solutions as opposed to the open-air kind. Sure, it might dump warm air inside of your case, but it's so much easier to turn a case fan up (which is rarely even necessary).

Though periodic flushing with compressed air should do the trick, just like for an open-air card--actually, it's rarely necessary to take apart a gfx card just to clean it out, unless you're into that sort of thing.

But I do believe this is a lesson we've all learned from at some point.
    
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Dude that is freaking disgusting, Dust your room and clean out your rig at least every 6 months.
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post #9 of 23
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Thank you guys for sharing the "story of video cards" with me and others,I opened this thread for people that ecounter this and don't know what is causing it.
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My card has a open design, and yet still I get crazy temps
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