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Hey everyone i was curious as to the methods we may use to clean our GPU's...I myself have not had to do it yet,but i do know very soon i will have to..My cards are reference cards,so i want to know whats your methods of getting dust out of your GPU's be it reference or non-reference..
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A small paintbrush and compressed air. Also if you're cleaning the fan, don't let it spin when blowing air in, hold it with your fingers, or a stick etc....
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Hello! I am looking for info on this too biggrin.gif I myself also have one of those Galaxy GC 670's! Nice rig btw, awesome you have two of those in SLI, I love mine.
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Thanks man,I must admit i love these cards...i have cleaned a gigabyte 560 before,but that was easy to clean,i have never had to clean a reference card tho..lol..so im hoping it wont be so hard to clean,guess im hoping i wont have to open the card to clean it..
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If you don't want to open it, your only option is compressed air. Not so bad though, i have a 3 gtx260's here that have never been opened, just compressed air through them once in a while.
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A small paintbrush and compressed air. Also if you're cleaning the fan, don't let it spin when blowing air in, hold it with your fingers, or a stick etc....

Basically this. Even better if you ahve a data vac or something. But that's really all you need to do.
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A small paintbrush and compressed air. Also if you're cleaning the fan, don't let it spin when blowing air in, hold it with your fingers, or a stick etc....

 

This method works a treat.  Use the paintbrush to loosen the dust first and secure the fan when blowing to prevent bearing damage.

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Thanks to everyone for their replies,because I've had the top card for a couple months now and just got the bottom one,so I know I will have to clean the top card soon.also are these methods for both reference and non-reference cards or it doesn't matter.
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A small paintbrush and compressed air. Also if you're cleaning the fan, don't let it spin when blowing air in, hold it with your fingers, or a stick etc....

This is the way I usually clean a dusty card.
If really dirty soap & water in the sink works too, just have to make 100% sure it is completely dry before letting it get any power. Yes, I've done it to clean a card covered in vaseline.
    
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This is the way I usually clean a dusty card.
If really dirty soap & water in the sink works too, just have to make 100% sure it is completely dry before letting it get any power. Yes, I've done it to clean a card covered in vaseline.
Why was the card covered in vaseline?
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