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Actually, that's a very good point. Wasn't thinking about heatpipes when I said a heatsink can't go bad, but heat pipes definitely can. They're more than just a hunk of metal.

yeah they are a copper tube full of copper "filaments" with like acetone in it right? *I googled heat pipes once.*
get a stress crack or something like a bad braze on a tube, the fluids will evaporate and it's now a *nearly* hallow tube
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If the Heat Pipes cracked somewhere, then the moment the card heated up the evaporated gas would leave the pipe quickly. Which would make sense as to why your temps rose because it would be only half the cooler it was.

I fyour planning on keeping the card, and dont want to RMA, then you sir are in the market for a new Cooler my friend =)
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and in my experience gpus are much more sensitive to heat issues. When my cpu gets hot, it just gets hot. It's stable or it isn't. maybe its life is shortened but ah well. With my GPUs it's like every degree past a certain point (depending on the card) brings increased stutter, freezing etc. I obsess over my GPUs temp more than anything on my rig.
100c max my shorts. My 6950 starts getting grumpy after 65c.
The Shaman looks great. I wish I had gotten it rather than my Accelero. I hate how most aftermarket vga coolers still use puny fans and no backplate.
I've noticed that vga coolers lose efficacy over time and I don't know why. Generally Ive thought it was because of the strain on them hanging upside down but the Shaman has a backplate so I wouldnt think that would be an issue.

GPUs are soldered on unlike a CPU and there is ver important connection that can ruined with heavy coolers and or excessive heat that or you don't have enough of a PSU, which it seems you do. suppose it has enough amps on the 6 pin PCIe rail?
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