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Hello Lately I have had an great experience with the Art Of GPU Baking and i thought id share it with you. the principle reason why I wanted to make an Article like this is to help other ppl who have unfortunatly lost the GPU's to death xD so let us begin!

First we have the culprit: XFX 8500GT 512MB



This card came to me from a friend that said it was malfunctioning. when I put it in a computer, It gave me vertical lines on the display and missing parts ( no picture sorry) The basic Reason why this happens is heat ( kinda ironic that we need to bake it to fix it xD) as your card heats up and cools down, Micro fissures are formed in the Solder and conductivity becomes Lost or reduced over time which cause the card to fail. the Basic principle of what we are doing is that by heating up the chip, We slightly melt the solders and recreate the lost conductivity

*Note: it is very important to do your research on this. DONT JUST USE THIS ARTICLE read arround and use your logic when your doing this. this will insure that you have the highest possible Chance of GPU revival. Also I'd like note that GPU baking is a risky process and thus I AM NOT RESPONSABLE FOR ANYTHING THAT GOES WRONG DURING BAKING. BAKE AT YOUR OWN RISK...

What your need:
-Cooking pan
-aluminum foil
-good old fashion Oven

Step 1. Strip the Card

The first thing you need to do is remove the heatsink from the graphics card and the Thermal paste/tape from the card. its a pretty simple step just unscrew any screws and calmly removed the heatsink (slight force might be required) other GPU's might have plastic pushpins which are more annoying but just be patient and use something to pinch them together to pullt hem out

Step 2. Prep Your Baking area

your ganna want to take a baking pan and Place Aluminium foil on it like so

next your ganna want to make so small cubes or spheres or whatever that are around 1"x1" to place on the corners of your gpu.

Preheat your oven to 350-400F ( depends on how bold you are xD )

Step 3. Placing your GPU

Now that your GPU has been stripped, Place it upside down on those aluminium balls and on the pan like so


Step 4. Put it in the Oven

Ok so your oven Is now preheated, your gpu is safely flipped on its stomach on those aluminum pegs, its now time to put it in the oven. gently place it in the middle rack ( doesnt really matter what rack lol but makes it sound more cooking like xD). and put the timer on for 8-12 Mins.

Step 5. While your waiting

While your waiting you should be Stairing aimlessly at your gpu in the oven and admiring your handywork ( making sure it doesnt melt or catch fire etc...) Also think or all the steps and make sure they were all well done.


Step 6. Removing it

After your 8-12 mins is done Turn your oven off and Remove it gently. CAUTION IT WILL BE HOT. Let the gpu cool down to room temperature ( time varies but minimum at good 10 mins)...

Step 7. Testing it


Now that your GPu has cooled down you should feel excitement inside youself. re-apply thermal paste and re-mount the Heatsink. threat this card like a new card you just bought and want to install it in your pc... If your pc boots and there are no line in your screen..Hurray it seemed to have worked Download Furmark http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/ to stresse that thing to insure its working at 100%. Mkae sure to monitor your temps too just incase you mis-mounted the Heatsink




Step. 8 Enjoy it !!!!!

You can now enjoy a quiet night of gaming Knowing you have Just Revived you GPU..



BONUS

Well I Decided to revive my Dead MSI K8N Diamond PLus too and...well....Pictures speak for themselves....

I forgot to Flip the board onto its stomach while in the oven and that was the consequence ( Kinda funny when there Black Smoke coming out of your oven...xD)

Again, sorry for the lack of picture of the fail pictures.....Anyways hope you guys find this useful, I might be posting something about my experience lapping my heatsink if that seems useful too...If you need anymore guidance during this process id be glad to help. Just pm me
Edited by Havokr505 - 10/13/10 at 6:06pm
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Great job, nice guide! The pictures should be really helpful. I think you meant oven at the "What you need" section, not going to dote on petty mistakes though. Also bl on your own card while your friend's card lives on.

My GTX260's temperature sensor seems be broken, does baking fix that? Or I'm out of luck? Keep getting 0 degrees across multiple softwares. :/
Edited by Pastel - 6/5/10 at 9:47am
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Kk thanks edited the mistake xD....to be honnest I dunno, even if it does i dont think it would be worth risking your GTX260 for something like a temperature probe Cuz Baking is really only a last ressort. you could just buy some sort of a temperature prob like so http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...28.html...that could work.
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great article. maybe its the lawyer in me, but i'd recommend making your disclaimer warning a little more prominent, say BOLD ALL CAPS AT TOP OF TOPIC. Your caveat is a little buried... aside from that, very good article :3, and a late +rep for learnin me some new stuff
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this could help out a lot of people on ocn who are new to the baking thing. +1 rep
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Originally Posted by chuckycheeze View Post
great article. maybe its the lawyer in me, but i'd recommend making your disclaimer warning a little more prominent, say BOLD ALL CAPS AT TOP OF TOPIC. Your caveat is a little buried... aside from that, very good article :3, and a late +rep for learnin me some new stuff
I put it in Bold and Caps lol thanks good Idea
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Holy crap, it worked!! Well, at least for now. My 8800GT just started artifacting like crazy, so I tried this method. I gotta admit I was skeptical, especially after pulling it out of the oven and not really noticing anything except the board looking darker.

I am still dl'ing my drivers so I can run some stress tests and monitor temps. You may have just saved me over $100 my friend. Definitely worth trying if your card isn't under warranty!!
    
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Do all GPU's die the same way? I had my 7970 die on me last week and I would really want to bring it back to its former glory. No flagship card should be dead in less than 3 years, but sadly, warranty doesn't reach it anymore. I used to have like gray vertical lines, and games crashing then eventually hanging up. Soon, the card would no longer display. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Funny, I randomly noticed your message today. Haven't been on these forums in at least 5 year. I would call myself retired when it comes to these things. but the problems you are describing are similar to those I had with this particular card. assuming you have no other solution ( warranty). I would recommend you give this a shot. however, be careful and know that this is more of a temporary fix. I don't think you could expect it to last forever after baking it.

But seriously, its baking GPU's as common as it used to be? perhaps someone has developed a new solution.

Anyways. Good luck my friend.
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