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Does it void the EVGA warranty to take the cover off of their cards and apply new thermal paste?

My 470 almost instantly when I start playing games gets up into the 80s C and my fan sounds like a jet engine... So I was going to put some new paste on to see if that helps, but not if it voids the warranty...

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I was also curious about what EVGA's deal was on very old cards... I never sell any of my old parts and I have an old C2D system with an EVGA 8800GTS here... Well that GPU gets has all kinds of problems (screen constantly tearing and turning all different colors, drivers not responding, etc)... I have never had to RMA any part ever - So how does it work with them if I send in a card that hasn't been produced in almost 3 years...?

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You are good, EVGA covers taking off the stock HSF for a replacement provided there isn't any physical damage.
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Word of warning. I hear the screws on the back strip easily.
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No not at all. They don't even mind a water block. I just sent in a 470 that stopped working and I will say EVGA is second to none. Period. I mailed my card in Friday, they got it Monday and shipped it back out Tuesday.. Evga customer service +1.
post #5 of 10
You shouldn't void the warranty. Just to be sure, keep the sticker in the back intact, I was able to take it off easily without breaking it.

On a side note, Fermi cards are famous for their extremely high temps, I don't think a new thermal paste application will help.
Try with this http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vg...reme-plus.html, I've heard good things regarding both low noise and temps.
post #6 of 10
As others said it will not void the warranty. They more than likely wont ever even know.

As far as your older 8800, send them an RMA request for it, if it qualifies you should get yourself a very nice upgrade for it..
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What games are you playing...80C really isnt that bad...GPU's are made to run hot...Have your ambient temps changed at all?
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Originally Posted by eggs2see View Post
Word of warning. I hear the screws on the back strip easily.
They usually do get stripped pretty easy because of the loctite on the screw threads. Usually if the card is warm when you are taking it apart, the screws come out a bit easier.

If you happen to strip the screws, I found inserting a rubber band into the stripped hole and pressing down/turning with the screwdriver works extremely well.
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What games are you playing...80C really isnt that bad...GPU's are made to run hot...Have your ambient temps changed at all?
I play a lot of games... Mostly WoW and Shogun 2 right now... But recently I have also been playing BC2, JC2, Metro, and some New Vegas... It seems pretty loud on any game really, but at 100% most of the time on Shogun and Metro...

And I am running Shogun with everything maxed + 4xAA at 1600x900...

And idle temps, I am looking at HWMonitor and it is sitting at 57C - No idea if that is good or bad...

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I wouldnt get to worried until your temps start reaching in the 95 range...But those games at those resolutions is probably maxing out your card pretty well...Also how much space is between your two cards...That could have a lot to do with the higher temps as well.
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