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Hey all! This is my first guide, so please keep that in mind when reading!

I recently began getting somewhat high temps (for me at least) on my card, and knew that it had to be a build up of dust, cat hair and such on my beautiful BFG! Usually my GPU would max at about 60 degrees, which was great, but it had gotten to 70 a few times, and once, even to 81!!!

So, I ordered some replacement thermal pads, as well as a tube of Arctic Cooling MX-2:


I disconnected everything from the back, and put the beast on the table:


Not too dusty...and I know...my cable management sucks!


There's the culprit! Man, that thing is HUGE!


I also decided to dismantle my case a bit and clean it good, since a basically 'new and improved' video card would soon be ready...my cat was not pleased...


Aaahhh!!


Anyways, back to the card! This is how it looked when I popped off the heatsink. There are a total of 19 screws to remove the heatsink and fan off of the card itself: Two on the backplate, near the DVI connections, three small silver screws on the opposite end, and 14 spring-screws.


There also was some gummy thermal tape that I quickly disposed of...but the TIM on the chip!! My god!


To remove the heatsink from the plastic housing, there are a total of 5 small screws to remove. I'm sorry I didn't think to get pics, but they are the only screws you see, and when they are all out, it will just pop out. (Also, the one screw near the fan is longer than the other 4)


Prepped and ready! I wiped all surfaces with a lint-free cloth, then swabbed lightly with Isopropyl Alcohol and let air dry.


It really is a thing of beauty, isn't it?


Double-sided thermal tape on the RAMs, and MX-2 nicely spread on the chip!


All put back in and ready to reconnect!


These were my temps on first boot after cleaning!


What I didn't take pictures of, and I should have, was the huge clump of fur that I took off the heatsink that was DEFINITELY causing my higher temps before. It was so nasty that even if I had taken a pic of it, I probably would have been embarrassed to show it!

So now my GPU idles at 38-40 degrees, and I haven't seen it hit higher than 55 degrees yet! The Antec 900 is a great case, my first 'real' case, but it's a vacuum! I have now put in place a temporary solution to cut down the cat hair, but aluminum fan filters will be ordered soon, so stay tuned a new How To then!

Thanks again for reading! Also, if this is in the wrong section, I don't have the required rep, or whatever, please let me know...still a noob...

Patriot is not amused...
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nice one, rep+
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Your cat gives me chills...
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post #4 of 31
Nice guide..

would help alot of people owning a 9800GTX or the Plus version.. practicly the same.

+rep mate! u deserve it
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is there anyway to remove only the cooler plastic shroud to clean it ? im trying to clean my 9800gtx but i cant open it , and i dont want to replace the thermal tape .
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is there anyway to remove only the cooler plastic shroud to clean it ? im trying to clean my 9800gtx but i cant open it , and i dont want to replace the thermal tape .
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to get the plastic housing off without removing the heatsink. There are 5 screws that you can't get to until the heatsink is off.

Originally that was my plan, and I ordered the MX-2 and TIM to be prepared. If one was careful, you could probably remove the heatsink without damaging the used thermal pads that are there. You would still need some type of thermal compound for the chip itself.

Once you get the heatsink off, remove the screws you can then take the plastic housing off to clean it.

Good Luck!
Edited by Demented - 12/31/08 at 2:53pm
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this is a good tutorial! i would be interested in doing this to mine, but i just got all of my water cooling supplies, as well as a brand new xspc 9800gtx/gtx+ block.....
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Beautiful ***** wish I could stroke it, yeah good guide man what were your original temps?
    
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What app you use to monitor on your G15?

I'm using Riva Tuner and it's nice but always open to new things
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Beautiful ***** wish I could stroke it, yeah good guide man what were your original temps?
On the GPU idle was about 44, and when playing intense games it would top out at 60-65...until the big dustball hit and the temps started soaring... So overall a difference of about 3-4 degrees....

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What app you use to monitor on your G15?

I'm using Riva Tuner and it's nice but always open to new things
I use Everest and then add different things to the LCD and space them out...this gives me all the info I need...
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