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The guide shows facing the GPU down, I did that w/ a x800GTO and 2 chokes fell off. I was able to solder them back on by hand @ that time, but it still never worked quite right and this time I don't have my soldering iron.
I'm baking a BFG 9800GT 1GB, and need to know if I should bake GPU side up or GPU side down.

Thanks
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My experience is to bake with the components on top,otherwise they fall off.
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Originally Posted by Redwoodz;14553895 
My experience is to bake with the components on top,otherwise they fall off.

Aye. There are some ICs on the back of the card I am worried about however. pretty small w/ many soldering points. If they fell off, I'm SoL.
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Bake with GPU facing up. There have been stories of people's entire GPUs falling out of the board because they baked upside down. I've baked several cards and the biggest thing IMHO is making sure the card is level. When you build your aluminum standoffs (or whatever you use) make sure they're equal height all around. If not your Video Card will have a pitch to it and the components tend to slide downward a bit as the solder heats up.
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Bake with GPU facing up. There have been stories of people's entire GPUs falling out of the board because they baked upside down. I've baked several cards and the biggest thing IMHO is making sure the card is level. When you build your aluminum standoffs (or whatever you use) make sure they're equal height all around. If not your Video Card will have a pitch to it and the components tend to slide downward a bit as the solder heats up.

Thanks. will do.

375*f good, or must it be 385? also don't have a therm I can shove in there so I'm kinda risking it a lil. Any tips on that?
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Thanks. will do.

375*f good, or must it be 385? also don't have a therm I can shove in there so I'm kinda risking it a lil. Any tips on that?

Just preheat, it has a built in thermostat. I'd do 385F-395F. Some types of solder take a little over 200C to melt which would be ~395F. 385F is a good place to start though.
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