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I just opened up my computer to do some dusting. Then i thought "Hm, I wonder if i can open up these part to dust even more". So then i took out my GPU and removed the heatsink. First what i saw was that the GPU's CPU was full of dust so i just swiped a coffee filter and it was all good. Then i looked at my heatsink.

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/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/
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That is how it looks like from the side. SO then i thought that i would split that in half so i can see what the /\\/\\/\\/'s look like. Once i opened it up IT WAS CRAMMED FULL WITH DUST! It was just everywhere! In fact there was o much the it started to compress itself so i becomes thicker and thicker till o air comes throe.

So i just removed a whole chunk of it and now the fans can flow easily again

Well, and i replaced the old thermal paste with new one.

Before temperature : 60C
After temperature : 62C

*No I'm serious the temperatures went up!

Now my heatsink was just this.


Imagine how much dust can fit in a 8800 :O That card has more heatsink than the actual graphics card
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post #2 of 12
You probably didn't mount it too great. Depending on the thermal paste you used, it'll probably need time to "Cure", meaning reach its optimal cooling efficiency. Graphics cards definitely have the potential to collect dust, that's for sure
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Give it time to set... It prolly will go down.
If not, you screwed up. Go fix!
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post #4 of 12
you either used radioshacks silicon paste or some noname, or its not mounted correctly
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Inuyasha1771 View Post
You probably didn't mount it too great. Depending on the thermal paste you used, it'll probably need time to "Cure", meaning reach its optimal cooling efficiency. Graphics cards definitely have the potential to collect dust, that's for sure
exactly. once it cures it should go down about 5c. They get pretty nasty, I clean my coolers out weekly because of this.
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post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skullzaflare View Post
you either used radioshacks silicon paste or some noname, or its not mounted correctly
Radio shack carries AS5 btw.

I'd go get some


OP:
Btw my heatsink does work, thanks.
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This thing is probably the biggest dust magnet I have ever seen. I clean mine about once a month, but it actually does make a difference when it is cleaned up.

From my experience, the small stock coolers usually don't do much for temps unless you run the fan at full speed. Even then, they just recirculate the already hot air. Not every card needs a cooler that vents out the back, but they do help.
 
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post #9 of 12
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Yea it is form radio shack.

Now the temperatures idle at around 64C...
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post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by infested999 View Post
Yea it is form radio shack.

Now the temperatures idle at around 64C...
Why don't you order some AS5?
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