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I wouldnt spend money upgrading old tech, you could use that money on an upgrade meaning if you were going to spend money then RMA your card sell it for max $$ add the $$ you were going to spend on that card and spend it on an upgarde. 7950 anyone
 
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not an option.

Why? mad.gif

They'll know if you removed the cooler by a few things, most of the time stripped screws, or a warranty sticker covers that final screw. I had worked on an EVGA 7800GS that when the cooler was removed, it pull up a little sticker leaving a hardly visible pink sticker under it. Does sapphire's warranty not support removing the stock HSF? As long as the cooler supports the 6950, it will fit. If I'm thinking correctly reference only matters to properly size up the stock HSF to the card and the memory ICs. Heat guns do work on warranty stickers, but it always feel so immoral frown.gif

Or maybe you can chat up the CS rep a little bit and they send you a 6970 anyways. Shot in the dark, but worth a try.
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i can't oil it cuz the motor is bad. so it's pointless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNfmvLPxHPs





i think i made my final decision:

i'm gonna RMA it, and if they don't give me a unlockable to 6970 OR a 6970 then i'm going to have them return it to me and just buy a $60 aftermarket cooler i guess. the 2-fan arctic cooling one that's compatable with 6950.

do VGA air coolers fit non-ref? can anyone confirm this?

someone mentioned that i could just sell it and upgrade to 7950 but i have two of these bad boys and i'd rather just stick with it for a couple more years seeing that i can easily max out games, i should have at least 2-3 years with it on maxing out then another 1-2 with medium/high settings. i do not plan on getting 7000 series at all...
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i can't oil it cuz the motor is bad. so it's pointless.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNfmvLPxHPs
i think i made my final decision:
i'm gonna RMA it, and if they don't give me a unlockable to 6970 OR a 6970 then i'm going to have them return it to me and just buy a $60 aftermarket cooler i guess. the 2-fan arctic cooling one that's compatable with 6950.
do VGA air coolers fit non-ref? can anyone confirm this?
someone mentioned that i could just sell it and upgrade to 7950 but i have two of these bad boys and i'd rather just stick with it for a couple more years seeing that i can easily max out games, i should have at least 2-3 years with it on maxing out then another 1-2 with medium/high settings. i do not plan on getting 7000 series at all...

Adding oil will change that...

Sewing oil works usually the best. For top performance synthetic Auto tranny fluid works best best.


you can also fix it, stop it, and severly shorten the life of the fan by spinning it against it self and then spinning it violently clockwise again to start.
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do aftermarket coolers fit non-ref? like the arctic cooling ones?

It should since those coolers cover the gpu only and they come with little heatsinks that you place on the vrm's and ram.
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Adding oil will change that...
Sewing oil works usually the best. For top performance synthetic Auto tranny fluid works best best.
you can also fix it, stop it, and severly shorten the life of the fan by spinning it against it self and then spinning it violently clockwise again to start.

i'll pursue that option if they send it back to me. any tips how to do either one of those things you explained? i am a mech engineer so i am not totally stupid when it comes to using tools and stuff, but i have no experience with playing around with computer stuff. i'm sure i can figure it out if i start playing with it but i'm not in the mood to play with and destroy a 300 dollar piece of equipment for kicks n giggles so tips going into it would be helpful.
Edited by Simplynicko - 3/20/12 at 5:12pm
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i'll pursue that option if they send it back to me. any tips how to do either one of those things you explained? i am a mech engineer so i am not totally stupid when it comes to using tools and ****, but i have no experience with playing around with computer stuff. i'm sure i can figure it out if i start playing with it but i'm not in the mood to play with and destroy a 300 dollar piece of equipment for ****s n giggles so tips going into it would be helpful.

My 5850 would not allow it as there was a super glued brass triangle on the back. Just make sure you have the bare fan itself, pop out the plastic oil cap on the back, two mid sized drops MAX., clean up, tape over it (replace sticker, mini oil plug whatever your favorite flavor is). Spin the fan around let the oil get all over the bearing, re assemble, get back to nerd stuff typer.gif

5w-20 oil is still too thick, 0w-20 is doable not recommended. incase you had any of those weights lying around the garage. Vegetable oil is messy, also not recommended, WD-40 dries up too quick. Eye drops work for 10 minutes lol. Diesel fuel works but evaporates too quickly.


You won't break anything trust me. Be gentle with screws, if they start slipping grab a bigger size, don't ever force it, coolers are supposed to come right off, meaning if you put it upside down the entire PCB should just come free of the heat sink with the least amount of force ever. Slowly very slowly remove the memory/VRM cooling pads so they are safe to reuse. Always reapply thermal paste when it comes to removing the cooler from a GPU. You can get by but it will get hot.
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My 5850 would not allow it as there was a super glued brass triangle on the back. Just make sure you have the bare fan itself, pop out the plastic oil cap on the back, two mid sized drops MAX., clean up, tape over it (replace sticker, mini oil plug whatever your favorite flavor is). Spin the fan around let the oil get all over the bearing, re assemble, get back to nerd stuff typer.gif
5w-20 oil is still too thick, 0w-20 is doable not recommended. incase you had any of those weights lying around the garage.

i'll look into it when the time comes.

thanks alot guys for responding.
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It won't work.

I've seen those fans; they're likely to be sealed sleeve bearing fans made by FirstD.

Great if they don't screw up, horrible if they do.
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It won't work.
I've seen those fans; they're likely to be sealed sleeve bearing fans made by FirstD.
Great if they don't screw up, horrible if they do.

i'll probably just get an arctic cooling cooler and call it a day.
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