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I've seen many of you guys having dead DVIs after installing the AX5970. I'm gonna explain how you guys should install the AX5970 to prevent DEAD DVIs.

This GUIDE add-ons to the Installation Guide that comes with the AX5970 to make sure that the AX5970 installs properly. There are a few things that will be covered...
1. The x-plates screwing-in and weight pressure add-up
2. The DVI-ports
3. Thermal pads touching other components

1. X-plates screwing-in and weight pressure add-up
First off, here are some photos you should see.

The XFX HD5970 Black Edition STOCK FAN/SHROUD


The back of the XFX HD5970 Black Edition STOCK FAN/SHROUD


The XFX HD5970 Black Edition with the AX5970 IN USE


XFX HD5970 Black Edition STOCK FAN/SHROUD and AX5970 Comparison


Now having compared both STOCK Fan/Shroud and the AX5970. We will compare the area that both the cooler and PCB are in contact.

The STOCK FAN/SHROUD


The AX5970


Here you can see that the Stock Fan/Shroud is in nearly full contact with the PCB board if it is attached. However, the AX5970 does not touch the PCB board even half as much of the Stock Fan/Shroud.

Now here comes the Math.
1. When the Stock Fan/Shroud is attached, the cooler's weight is supported by all the screws around the back plate. Here the x-plates have about 10-20% added pressure because of the weight. The x-plates are generally at about 80-90% screwed in. The weight pressure added with the screw-in pressure is overall at about 90-100%.


2. When you attach the AX5970, the cooler doesn't touch the WHOLE PCB and not all screws are used. Thus, the x-plate and other screws have more WEIGHT PRESSURE.


3. Now I'll explain.

10kg carried by 10 people. Each person generally carries an equal weight of 1kg.
10kg carried by 5 people. Each person generally carries an equal weight of 2kg.

People=Screws/holding mechanisms/x-plates


4. With the AX5970 installed, each screw takes more pressure and if you screw-in the x-plate to about 80-90%, the weight pressure INCREASED because of the less number of screws will add in about 15-30% of weight pressure. With this added to the x-plate, the x-plate will take in about 95-120% of PRESSURE. To the lucky people who hit 95%, you better loosen them to about 60-70%. This is when the screws are popping out a little. IMAGES BELOW show the two GPUs and how the screws are popping.

Dual GPUs. DVI ports to the left


GPUs safely screwed with x-plate screws parallel to the back plate


Screw popping out a little


2. DVI Ports

Many people are scared about their DVI Ports touching the cooler and thus shorting them out. Here is a photo to PROVE that the cooler doesn't touch the DVI Port and isn't even near to doing so.

DVI Port to AX5970 Distance


3. Thermal Pads touching other components

More people are more than scared to realize that the thermal pad touching other components may short each other and cause the card to die out. This isn't true at all since MOST thermal pads are non-conductive. Here's another photo for the proof.


Thermal Pads touching component


Another photo for you guys. I just wanted to prove that the AX5970 has alot of space between each heatsink. Heres a photo from the front to the back.

Front to back



That's all I can help you to assure that your installation of the AX5970 is safer but not 100% safe and by reading this guide you assure that I AM NOT THE CAUSE OF YOUR CARD FAILING IF IT DOES SO.

Edited by jonboey - 6/14/10 at 3:57am
    
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Good guide
     
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Good job !

I ordered this cooler just a few days ago.

All i have to do now is to follow your guide and install it.
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Haha, thanks! I know of other coolers blacking out the VGA ports a long time ago and last time it was all because of the overall screw pressure. So I decided to put it back into work. And it worked! I'm pretty happy when I saw the AX5970. But you have to do some stuff with the XFX5970BE. Since you do have one, I'll have to warn you that the GPU on the left doesn't fit properly. Its about 2-4% off. That makes the spacing a little tight. Anyway, we have the same CPU and GPU Hey, the power supply too!
    
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Originally Posted by Bouyakaman View Post
Good job !

I ordered this cooler just a few days ago.

All i have to do now is to follow your guide and install it.
The cooler is great, just be sure you don't over-tighten any of the screws.

~Kevin
     
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The cooler is great, just be sure you don't over-tighten any of the screws.

~Kevin
Cooler was shipped this morning

I will reply when i install the cooler. I've already prepared the eraser, acetone, tissues and a great deal of self control...

Quote:
Originally Posted by jonboey View Post
Anyway, we have the same CPU and GPU Hey, the power supply too!
Amazing ! I think we are just men of taste.
Edited by Bouyakaman - 6/15/10 at 2:51am
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Cooler was shipped this morning

I will reply when i install the cooler. I've already prepared the eraser, acetone, tissues and a great deal of self control...



Amazing ! I think we are just men of taste.
Just PM me once you get the cooler, I want to know how it goes
     
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Hey by the way, just clean the 3 dices with tissue and dont use any cleaners since ATi GPUs are very VERY delicate. Its called Cypress for a reason!
    
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Hey by the way, just clean the 3 dices with tissue and dont use any cleaners since ATi GPUs are very VERY delicate. Its called Cypress for a reason!
Ok, thanks for the advice !
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Good work but very difficult on the eyes. So many font colours ... some of the pics are not clear either.


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