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Hello!

Here's a warning to those lazy-bones out there who choose to neglect cleaning their hardware. Yes, I used to be one of those people who didn't place much stock in all that "maintenance" voodoo, being under the impression that hardware is designed to maintain itself without any outside help. No more, my friends!

To give a little backstory... This GPU is my old EVGA 8800GT that I thought was dead (due to my neglect, of course). The last time I used it there were blue squiggly lines all over the screen, not a sign of vitality by any means. Okay, recently I've been playing "World of Tanks" and I wanted to get my friend to play. He didn't have a compatible GPU, but then I remembered my old 8800GT. Sure, it may not be that pretty, but it COULD play the game, assuming it still worked. So I decided to see whether or not the card was salvageable...

I plugged the card in and to my surprise, with the latest drivers installed the card seemed to function normally.

EXCEPT for the following rather glaring problem:


As you can see, the idle temperature on the card is around 80C and under load it climbs to 109C.

This card was notorious for heating issues. The results above are just appalling. I realized the card needed some long overdue cleaning to get those temperatures down.

Now get ready for the juicy pictures. Behold the abomination!










There is so much filth under the shroud that the heatsink channels are literally clogged shut. It's embarrassingly bad. It's a wonder the card worked at all.

We'll see how much the temperature readings improve after I clean it out and apply some fresh thermal paste (Arctic Silver Ceramique)...
Edited by faulk - 7/12/14 at 4:35pm
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My 8800gt looked like that a couple of years ago, and yeah it ran 110C under load. I mean even when it was new it ran 90C+ under load. So it was running 90C for 3-4 years then 110C for another year or two before I spent $20 on an aftermarket cooler and now its a cool 50-60C at all times. Still running great without any problems to this day.

These cards can take a beating that is for sure. Mine is also an EVGA so it still has the lifetime warranty as well.
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Wish I could find an aftermarket cooler for around 20 bucks. Then I'd be cooking with gas. wink.gif
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That looks like the cooler that was on my VisionTek 4850. That thing would burn your finger touching it. That cooler type needs all the help it can get.
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Wish I could find an aftermarket cooler for around 20 bucks. Then I'd be cooking with gas. wink.gif

Newegg, Microcenter and Amazon all have the cooler I bought for between $19.99-$24.99. Unless you live in europe but I can't image it being hard to find.

Arctic Cooling Accelero L2 Plus
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Lol. Those cards were hot. My 8800gts burned my toes a few times when they brushed up against the case under the desk.

Those are great pics. Great dirty card thumb.gif
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Newegg, Microcenter and Amazon all have the cooler I bought for between $19.99-$24.99. Unless you live in europe but I can't image it being hard to find.

Arctic Cooling Accelero L2 Plus

If that cooler is compatible with the 8800GT, thank you very much. I didn't realize there were still coolers out there for that card. thumb.gif
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Lol. Those cards were hot. My 8800gts burned my toes a few times when they brushed up against the case under the desk.

Those are great pics. Great dirty card thumb.gif

I'm looking forward to pulling that heat sink off and seeing what is lurking underneath it. Here's a sign of what's there. tongue.gif
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WOW!! I hope you are ashamed of yourself!!!! Lol crazy.
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Are there any spiders nesting in there tongue.gif

What are you going to use for cleaning that ... 'thing' ?
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