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I have a EVGA GTX 570 SC and I was wondering if any of you unscrewed the housing to reach the heatsink so you can blow dust out of it. But first, do we even need to take apart the housing to dust it out? Does dust even collect inside these things? If it does, does EVGA recommend that we do it once in a while? Or what is their stance on this?
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I have a EVGA GTX 570 SC and I was wondering if any of you unscrewed the housing to reach the heatsink so you can blow dust out of it. But first, do we even need to take apart the housing to dust it out? Does dust even collect inside these things? If it does, does EVGA recommend that we do it once in a while? Or what is their stance on this?
I would say everyone does the same as I do and use a can of compressed air.
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I have a EVGA GTX 570 SC and I was wondering if any of you unscrewed the housing to reach the heatsink so you can blow dust out of it. But first, do we even need to take apart the housing to dust it out? Does dust even collect inside these things? If it does, does EVGA recommend that we do it once in a while? Or what is their stance on this?
Well technically you are more than welcome to take it apart, nothing bad is going to come from it. "Technically" you will void your warranty, but thats only if they can even tell that you took it apart.

If you have a warranty still and are scared to lose it then just use compressed air blow all over and try to get as much dust as you can..

On the other hand if you are competent enough to carefully take the casing off, go ahead and do so, you will more than definitely get more dust out that way.
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Its fairly easy to do on a reference card. Just unscrew 5-6 screws that run parallel to the PCB and the shroud comes off. It does not really expose anything major or risky, the heatsink stays in place.
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Well technically you are more than welcome to take it apart, nothing bad is going to come from it. "Technically" you will void your warranty, but thats only if they can even tell that you took it apart.

If you have a warranty still and are scared to lose it then just use compressed air blow all over and try to get as much dust as you can..

On the other hand if you are competent enough to carefully take the casing off, go ahead and do so, you will more than definitely get more dust out that way.
its EVGA with EVGA you can take the plastic off or even watercool it and you keep your warranty. thats the great thing with EVGA


to the OP if you really want to do that go for it, it WILL NOT void your warranty, but it is very easy (MUCH easier) to just use a can of compressed air.
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Never do. I bought one of these:


Just block the fan with a pencil and turn this thing loose on it. Blows so hard I never have to take my video cards apart to clean them (puts canned air to shame).
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Done it for years just pop the cover off blow dirt out, pop it back on, Profit!
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thanks for the great reply guys. did you guys notice a lot of dust collecting inside the shroud when you opened it?
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I do it but not all the time. Surprisingly not that much dust builds up and I have a dusty house. It builds up on the heat sink closest to the fan witch can block air flow. If you are getting higher themps then what you had when it was new then that might be the problem. You can all so replace the thermale paste and drop it a couple C
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I've done it on all my air cooled cards and was shocked at the crap that comes out. Dense dustbunnies that look more like hairballs.
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