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I haven't noticed any poor contact on my RAM (didn't look too closely) but try and screw it down as much as possible. As for the main HSF, try it and see if your temps get better, it's really easy to do.

What temps are you getting and at what clocks anyway?
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My temps are ~50C idle and ~70C load that is with the default system controlled fan that sounds like a vacuum when under load.
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Alright this is odd, I was just about to remove the main heatsink, and it turns out that Diamond is using a one piece heatsink for both ram and GPU.
So I can't just reseat one or the other. I would have to reseat both. I guess I will need some thermal tape. I did tighten the screws on the back a bit so that might help a tiny bit.

I may just contact diamond about the ram issue or maybe the store that I bought it from.
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post #14 of 27
You will experience a temp drop if you reseat. I would use IC Diamond.....it's a bit better than AS5 from my testing.
As far as the memory chips...I wouldn't worry about it. You can check the contact with the memory pads......but I wouldn't apply anything that would void the warranty. The ceramic paste is permanent AFAIK.

Licht is right about the 3870s though....they run a lot of VGPU compared to the 2900XTs. I think the default VGPU is either 1.325 or 1.350V, which is up from the 2900XTs VGPU of 1.150V. I run 1.350V for my OC on water.....then again the R600 GPU had some voltage leak issues.

I say just reseat the GPU and forget about it. Don't bother unless you have some issues with driver resets or artifacting.

If you're planning on getting an aftermarket air cooler (IMO it's a bit of a gimmick.....) then you will get RAMsinks that already have thermal tape on them.
IMO go with stock air cooling or water.
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dude, just get the arctic accelero!
it's such an amazing cooler
I was getting 55-59 idle, and 80-89 load
now with PASSIVE COOLING
im getting 32-40 idle, 50-66 load (playing crysis with case fans on low!)

plus the installation was so easy, there are already ram heatsinks on the card that are not attached to the stock cooler
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wowowow
dude, just get the arctic accelero!
it's such an amazing cooler
I was getting 55-59 idle, and 80-89 load
now with PASSIVE COOLING
im getting 32-40 idle, 50-66 load (playing crysis with case fans on low!)

plus the installation was so easy, there are already ram heatsinks on the card that are not attached to the stock cooler
The cooler on my card isn't the stock cooler it seems to be a special diamond designed one.
That means I would have to buy some ramsinks as well as the arctic cooler since the ram and GPU heatsink is one unit.
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The cooler on my card isn't the stock cooler it seems to be a special diamond designed one.
That means I would have to buy some ramsinks as well as the arctic cooler since the ram and GPU heatsink is one unit.
The accelero comes with ramsinks
I just didn't have to install them because I already had some on with my Diamond card, can you show me a pic of how your cooler looks like?
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hmmm, I'll try and get some pics... i'm using it right now makes it hard to photograph..lol
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Here is a pic of the card from the 'top' where the top is the part that doesn't stick into the motherboard.

You can see that the chip on the far left isn't making contact with the heatsink but the other chip in the picture is.

I've submitted a support ticket to Diamond about the ram issue. I'm going to ask them if using an after-market cooler will void the warranty, which I think it will.

The arctic cooler is really starting to look tempting... its cheap(only $29.95 at a local shop) and it performs well... I think I might have to get one...

Edited by Sparhawk - 6/8/08 at 10:40pm
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Here is a pic of the card from the 'top' where the top is the part that doesn't stick into the motherboard.

You can see that the chip on the far left isn't making contact with the heatsink but the other chip in the picture is.

I've submitted a support ticket to Diamond about the ram issue. I'm going to ask them if using an after-market cooler will void the warranty, which I think it will.

The arctic cooler is really starting to look tempting... its cheap(only $29.95 at a local shop) and it performs well... I think I might have to get one...
Get a pic off the internet of what your card looks like
because so far I think our cards look the same
you can try taking off the heatsink to figure it out, even if it voids the warranty for whatever reason, you can always put it back on and no one will know
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