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So, somewhere in august (i think) i got a MSI 9800GX2 from derickwm. worked fine for about a week, then one core went bad, then the other core went bad shortly after. So with that being said, i thought that i'd try to bake it because it was a card in a secondary rig therefore nothing to lose. so i proceed to bake it and maybe i did it wrong or didnt bake it long enough, but the card failed to display any video. so i gave up, slightly dissapointed that i was responsible for it's death.

so back in the closet it went. I just didnt have the heart to throw out a piece of gaming/hardware history.


Fast forward to now. my 680 sits in a pile of rice. Water got all over it. I'm left with nothing but the onboard graphics on my 3770K. I decide to go ahead and try re-baking the 9800GX2, because onboard graphics really seriously sucks and i want to play a game at decent settings until my 7950 gets here ( i do not have high hopes for the 680)

so back in the oven it goes. 385F. 12 minutes. i take it out and it smells like freshly baked electronics. I let it sit for about a hour then re-assembled it, taking extra care to ensure everything is in the right spot and the SLI bridges are indeed intact. I plug it back into the computer with cautious optimism..the green lights on the pcie connectors come on, fan spins up, and the tell tale sign the card was indeed alive..the LEDs on the back were shining a nice brilliant green. The 9800GX2 was alive. Displayed right away via DVI!



Edited by srsparky32 - 3/19/13 at 6:52pm
 
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Very nice. I semi-recently revived a GTX 280 that died in the last F@H Chimp Challenge.

Interestingly enough, I got said 280 free via the amazing and now obviously defunct BFG trade-up program - the card I traded in? A 9800GX2!
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Nice! Glad you at least have a discrete GPU to hold you until you can truly get your rig back up. What happened to that 680 anyways? Cracked block? Tubes sprung a leak?
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I find smidgen over 400f for 7 minutes works great. i finish up by leaving it in the oven with the door open to let cool naturally. I like 400f better because they use high temp solder in GPU BGAs. Either way Glad it worked. had it not been a dual GPU card you could mod and old stock aluminum CPU cooler to fit on it as a GPU cooler. biggrin.gif
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I find smidgen over 400f for 7 minutes works great. i finish up by leaving it in the oven with the door open to let cool naturally. I like 400f better because they use high temp solder in GPU BGAs.

Yeah, but the higher your temps, the higher the chances of popping a cap. Personally I use a heatgun so I can go hotter while still keeping the caps cool.
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If you ever want to depart with the GX2, i will give it a great home wink.gif
 
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Nice! Glad you at least have a discrete GPU to hold you until you can truly get your rig back up. What happened to that 680 anyways? Cracked block? Tubes sprung a leak?
tube fell off the barb. peed all over the back of the gpu while it was running. luckily, nothing else got touched by the water. (i was really glad it didnt touch the pcie slot on the motherboard) it appears as if the 8 pin is shorting out somehow, so im leaving it to dry for a few days.
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Very nice. I semi-recently revived a GTX 280 that died in the last F@H Chimp Challenge.

Interestingly enough, I got said 280 free via the amazing and now obviously defunct BFG trade-up program - the card I traded in? A 9800GX2!
nice! the GX2 was never a good gaming card and it shows. but it was nvidia's first successful dual gpu and therefore a legend.

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I find smidgen over 400f for 7 minutes works great. i finish up by leaving it in the oven with the door open to let cool naturally. I like 400f better because they use high temp solder in GPU BGAs. Either way Glad it worked. had it not been a dual GPU card you could mod and old stock aluminum CPU cooler to fit on it as a GPU cooler. biggrin.gif
i was a little concerned about anything past 385f, for the reason that zero4549 already stated. cap blowing, other things falling off, etc.

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If you ever want to depart with the GX2, i will give it a great home wink.gif

I probably wont wink.gif the card is a legend and if nothing itll have a good home in a secondary rig of mine.
 
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Nice! Glad you at least have a discrete GPU to hold you until you can truly get your rig back up. What happened to that 680 anyways? Cracked block? Tubes sprung a leak?
tube fell off the barb. peed all over the back of the gpu while it was running. luckily, nothing else got touched by the water. (i was really glad it didnt touch the pcie slot on the motherboard) it appears as if the 8 pin is shorting out somehow, so im leaving it to dry for a few days.
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Very nice. I semi-recently revived a GTX 280 that died in the last F@H Chimp Challenge.

Interestingly enough, I got said 280 free via the amazing and now obviously defunct BFG trade-up program - the card I traded in? A 9800GX2!
nice! the GX2 was never a good gaming card and it shows. but it was nvidia's first successful dual gpu and therefore a legend.

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I find smidgen over 400f for 7 minutes works great. i finish up by leaving it in the oven with the door open to let cool naturally. I like 400f better because they use high temp solder in GPU BGAs. Either way Glad it worked. had it not been a dual GPU card you could mod and old stock aluminum CPU cooler to fit on it as a GPU cooler. biggrin.gif
i was a little concerned about anything past 385f, for the reason that zero4549 already stated. cap blowing, other things falling off, etc.

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If you ever want to depart with the GX2, i will give it a great home wink.gif

I probably wont wink.gif the card is a legend and if nothing itll have a good home in a secondary rig of mine.

Poopy frown.gif I was hoping to have one GX2 from each of the Bigger Brands, EVGA and MSI. And maybe try some Quad SLI...? Can anyone say GTX 580 DirectX 9 Edition? lol
 
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Poopy frown.gif I was hoping to have one GX2 from each of the Bigger Brands, EVGA and MSI. And maybe try some Quad SLI...? Can anyone say GTX 580 DirectX 9 Edition? lol

with a LOT of microstutter biggrin.gif
 
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Great story! Glad you didnt throw it away! never throw away hardware! I have been getting back into baking GPU's lately. For the first time, I was not successful. Now I have a new GTX280 keychain.
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