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OK this is to forwarn anyone installing this product..... I am going to qoute the installation instructions that just fried my ohhh so wonderful 7900GT KO SC.....

For either installation Stradle Type 1(wont work for me with BT) and Surface Type 2

"Step 2: If your video card does NOT come with the metal bracket surrounding the GPU, unpeel the sticker sheet from the transparent squared cushion pad and affix it to the video card with the GPU in the center."

OK correct me if Im wrong but the GPU on my 7900 had no metal bracket... so I affixed the transparent square.... Well after installing this and my BT I proceed to run the rig.... Runs great just long enough for me to see massive change in CPU temp... and then artifacting... then total rig shutdown... I started the rig back up and had artifacting on post screen and then as XP screen came up card shutdown rig stayed up and running...

I took the card out and to my astonishment.... as i flipped the card over I heard a slight hissing... this turned out to be the only portion of AS5 that was touching GPU.....because of this cushion the cooler made no contact with GPU and it cooked.( Why didnt the core threshold kick in and keep this card from cooking??)

Im guessing there is nothing I can do about the $300 piece of solid state crap that my card has become but I wanted to warn ANY of you of this installation error.....

I had to downgrade by the way and bought a retail 7600GS and OMG is it horrible....Hopefull I can overclock it a bit and help some but I doubt it with 420/800 card speeds.

Any other input yall might have would be great thanks

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post #2 of 18
Don't you mean Thermalright HR03?
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post #3 of 18
Err, call Thermalright and say their heatsink fried your card.
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post #4 of 18
The 7900GT does have a metal bracket surrounding the GPU.
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post #5 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigvaL View Post
The 7900GT does have a metal bracket surrounding the GPU.
Is it the shim surrounding the GPU? I thought the HR03 was a chipset block
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post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaggyTed View Post
I took the card out and to my astonishment.... as i flipped the card over I heard a slight hissing... this turned out to be the only portion of AS5 that was touching GPU.....because of this cushion the cooler made no contact with GPU and it cooked.
In every review I've read about that cooler, they suggest NOT using the cushion because of this exact reason. I probably read it 5 times, its even in the newegg reviews. When you don't use the cushion it makes direct contact and from what I hear is one of the best coolers for VGA ever made.

Edit: especially when you add fans! I plan on using this cooler when I get some spare cash
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Does your chip have the type of thing pictured in the attachment? That's what they are talking about, most MB chipsets don't have this, but GPU's do.

@GonX: The HR-01 is the NB cooler, and the HR-03 is Thermalright's new GPU cooler.
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The HR-01 is the NB cooler, and the HR-03 is Thermalright's new GPU cooler.
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Quote:
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Does your chip have the type of thing pictured in the attachment? That's what they are talking about, most MB chipsets don't have this, but GPU's do.

@GonX: The HR-01 is the NB cooler, and the HR-03 is Thermalright's new GPU cooler.
The hr-01 is the cpu cooler check here
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post #10 of 18
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Yeah I screwed up...it is a thermalRIGHT....no metal bracket like in pic on gpu...my stupidity for NOT reading reviews lol...

Funniest part of this is there is some ThermalTake tech rep calling me a dumb*** for writing a polite but heated email about a product they dont even make lmao!!! I really do wish I had read those reviews.... When I was originally doing installation I thought that it was odd that they would want that shim there but the instructions said do it so I did...my loss.

I'm going to post pics this afternoon and show yall it... Do yall think that thermalright will replace it or just tell me thats its my own fault for not having enough common sense to check it after installing??

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