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I've been having some heat issues. Nothing that affecting the video display or anything, but my temps have been higher than normal, and although it's been cold here lately, and the heat's been on more, I know it's more attributed to the build-up of dust and such I can see inside my card.

I know there are thermal pads on the vrms, but I want to disassemble it. I don't have any thermal pads or tape, but do have some AS5 for the GPU itself. I'm also pretty sure the AS5 won't work on the VRM's as the distance from chip to heatsink is too great for just thermal paste.

I guess what I want to know is whether I should/could crack it open and clean, and if so, what would I do about the thermal pads, as I assume the ones that are there already are quite useless.
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post #2 of 9
Have you tried just simply blowing the dust out of it and putting it back in?
post #3 of 9
just buy some thermal tap to replace it really thats all you can do because like you said the other chip's distance is too great
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The thermal pads on most of those cards isnt really sticky, just remove the heatsink and be careful with them so you can reuse them. The will stay stuck to the heatsink so they will go right back on.
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post #5 of 9
Yep I popped mine open and it has huge pads on it...This is what I would do if I was you.

1. blow it out as good as you can first.
2. open it up...dont worry its kinda stuck on and it feels like you missed a screw but its just kinda stuck on, be careful taking it off so you don't move any of the pads.
3. clean out/blow it out again
4. apply your paste to each ramsink and chip that needs it.
5. put it back together the way it was.

I also had some heat problems with that stock cooler. I ended up first just putting a vf1000 led on it and it went down 20c. I then put a water block on it and dropped it 20 more c. I also was able to OC it to 850/2157/2200 <--bragging
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Yeah, I took it out, and got in there as good as I could with a can of air, but I can see it all gunked up in there!!:swearing:

I put it back in for now. I think I'll wait til I can get some good thermal tape, and then do it.

Thanks!



EDIT: Hmm....not ready for water cooling...YET......but might look into some aftermarket cooler.
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yeah an after market cooler would be the best way to go...I am not saying you need to go water...just letting you know the steps I took in order to get a clean cold 9800GTX. I was getting like 90c to begin with. and now im down to 38c
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yeah an after market cooler would be the best way to go...I am not saying you need to go water...just letting you know the steps I took in order to get a clean cold 9800GTX. I was getting like 90c to begin with. and now im down to 38c
I was hitting low 70's. I know the GPU can handle it...but I was nicely used to my low 60's...
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post #9 of 9
I dotn know about the 9800 cards, but the 8800s can have the plastic fan shroud removed without taking the heatsink off. It has two screws near the fan and two hidin under the label near the other end of the card.
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