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Btw has anyone done this to newer gen cards such as hd 6/7xxx? success?
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I will try it ASAP, as I'm moving to an other town and got a new job.
Thanks again for the shared experience, + rep smile.gif
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Hey guys,

I have a dead Sapphire 7970...screen went grey with artefacts and now doesn't show anything at all, and it's 2 months out of warranty. With nothing to lose I thought I may as well try baking it. Anyone had any success with this card before?

There seems to be a lot of conflicting information in this thread about how to bake, but from what I can gather, 190c (375f) for 9 minutes would be a good place to start from most peoples experiences?

Do I need to clean the board before baking to get dust off etc?

Also, if I place it on foil balls to raise it up a little, must they not touch any solder? I don't want to mess up the parts the foil is in contact with.

If anyone can answer any of my questions I'd greatly appreciate it...while this card is dead, I'd be incredibly happy to replace my 5870 with it so I want to do it right!
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Hey guys,

I have a dead Sapphire 7970...screen went grey with artefacts and now doesn't show anything at all, and it's 2 months out of warranty. With nothing to lose I thought I may as well try baking it. Anyone had any success with this card before?

There seems to be a lot of conflicting information in this thread about how to bake, but from what I can gather, 190c (375f) for 9 minutes would be a good place to start from most peoples experiences?

Do I need to clean the board before baking to get dust off etc?

Also, if I place it on foil balls to raise it up a little, must they not touch any solder? I don't want to mess up the parts the foil is in contact with.

If anyone can answer any of my questions I'd greatly appreciate it...while this card is dead, I'd be incredibly happy to replace my 5870 with it so I want to do it right!

Chip side up.
Take off everything that is designed to come off (coolers, heatsinks, etc..).
Look at the capacitors on the board. What temperature are they rated for? Try not to go above that, but typically you need to go above 180c to get an at least somewhat decent "reflow".
The less they're rated for, the less time you can give it.

I gave my 8800GT 180c for 10 minutes or so, and it fixed the card for a few months.
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Thanks for the tips, I'll make sure to bake it chip side up.

I've taken eveything off the board that I can and cleaned off all the thermal compound that I can get (some is stuck down the around the chips surrounding the GPU because of overflow).

How can I check what temp the capacitors are rated for? I've googled the numbers on top, found a spreadsheet that lists the "operating temperature" up to 150C, does that mean I should keep the temp as low as I can?

edit: Well I just got it out of the oven...180c for 8 mins. Didn't smell solder so I perhaps it wasn't hot enough but I suppose I will know soon.

edit2: Not stress tested yet...but I got into windows! I can't believe it actually worked. Wouldn't even display a single pixel beforehand. Crazy.
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Thanks for the tips, I'll make sure to bake it chip side up.

I've taken eveything off the board that I can and cleaned off all the thermal compound that I can get (some is stuck down the around the chips surrounding the GPU because of overflow).

How can I check what temp the capacitors are rated for? I've googled the numbers on top, found a spreadsheet that lists the "operating temperature" up to 150C, does that mean I should keep the temp as low as I can?

edit: Well I just got it out of the oven...180c for 8 mins. Didn't smell solder so I perhaps it wasn't hot enough but I suppose I will know soon.

edit2: Not stress tested yet...but I got into windows! I can't believe it actually worked. Wouldn't even display a single pixel beforehand. Crazy.

150c caps are fairly high. If it still breaks you can give it 10minutes at 190c probably. 200c would be pushing it, but if the card is behaving oddly still and you consider it dead, I'd probably do it.

I should probably note that my information is in no way sciencific and just what I feel is right tongue.gif
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OK great, I'll bear that in mind. So far all seems well though, not a single artifact and tested in a few games like Skyrim on max settings for 15 minutes. Hope I don't need a second bake but looks like a lot of people have to.

The thermal pads on the...ram (I think...? The 12 chips that surround the GPU) were quite badly damaged after taking the cooler off, do you think I should replace them? Don't want to break the thing again because of something simple like that.
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OK great, I'll bear that in mind. So far all seems well though, not a single artifact and tested in a few games like Skyrim on max settings for 15 minutes. Hope I don't need a second bake but looks like a lot of people have to.

The thermal pads on the...ram (I think...? The 12 chips that surround the GPU) were quite badly damaged after taking the cooler off, do you think I should replace them? Don't want to break the thing again because of something simple like that.

Make a new thread for it, but if you have any laying around, put them on smile.gif I wouldn't bother buying new unless you're buying something else in the process..
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i seen this trick before, i had an old 8800 gt for seven years so i knew about this just in case. do yourself a favor and change the cooler when you feel its time. For me i noticed the fans were buidling up dust inside and the fan wouldnt spin up right away when turned on. changed the cooler 4 years in and the card lasted another 3

could keep going, still runs most games on low 720p
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Well...after a heavy night of gaming I've had no problems at all and temps are fine. I've ordered some new thermal pads just to be on the safe side though since there isn't a temp sensor on those chips with the damaged pads. How long will a baked card typically last for? I'm hoping it's a long term fix but some people say it only works in the short term.
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Fiio E9 Headphone Amp X-fi XtremeGamer 
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AMD Phenom 2 X2 550 3.1GHz ASUS M4A77 HD4350 4GB Crucial Ballistix  
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WD Caviar Blue 250GB Sony DVD-RW Tri-Cool green LED front fan Windows 7 x64 
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Samsung 22" 16:10 Acer 19" 4:3 Saitek Eclipse 2 OCZ 500W 
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Antec 300 MX518 QCK+ 
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i7 2700k Asus Maximus IV GENE-Z Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Sapphire HD 6970 2GB 
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Corsair Vengeance 16GB OCZ Agility 3 120GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Samsung BD-ROM (already own) 
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Corsair A70 Windows 7 (already own) Dell Ultrasharp 23" (already own) Filco Majestouch (already own) 
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Antec Quattro 1000w (already own) P182 (already own) Logitech MX518 (already own) Asus Xonar D2 Ultra Fidelity 
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