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Best way to remove RAM sinks from 7900GT?

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I'm going to be doing a review of 4 VGA coolers in the next month and need to know how to remove the copper ramsinks that are currently applied to my 7900GT.

Reason being ... a couple of the VGA coolers I'm reviewing don't allow for separate RAM sinks and include the memory cooling in the overall cooler design.

I just don't want to rip out any of the circuitry when removing the sinks ...

I've heard various suggestions such as using a hair dryer or even putting the card in the freezer for an hour and then popping them off ... but I've never tried it so can't say which way is right.

Any tips?

Thanks in advance ...

    
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Simplist way is to twist them slowly and grdualy. Then they will pop off and you can clean off the paste/tape
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Simplist way is to twist them slowly and grdualy. Then they will pop off and you can clean off the paste/tape
If the adhesive isn't on too tight ... then that might work, but if it's got the 3M "Most Hardcore Adhesive on the Planet(tm)" ... like that which came with a certain backplate I used once ... then it might be a bit more problematic ...

Thanks for the reply ... hope I can do it that easily ...

    
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If the adhesive isn't on too tight ... then that might work, but if it's got the 3M "Most Hardcore Adhesive on the Planet(tm)" ... like that which came with a certain backplate I used once ... then it might be a bit more problematic ...

Thanks for the reply ... hope I can do it that easily ...

I just did it yestarday on my riva tnt2. It seemed as if it was going to damage it but it worked fine
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Mildly heat with a hairdryer while twisting gently.
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I tried the hairdryer thing and it worked well. I've never heard of putting it in your freezer though, but if you try that and leave it in there for a while, use the hairdryer after to get rid of condensation.
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The haordry if applied too long will damage the chip..
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Mildly heat with a hairdryer while twisting gently.
That will be my first try ...

    
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That will be my first try ...

Remember oly apply quickly and to the underside and top so that it will expand (the board will slightly expand) evenly
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Thats why I said to heat it mildly, not scorch it.
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