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OK.......I bought a new XFX 6600GT and immedieately RMA'd it because it sounded like a 747 taking off. They got mine back and told me it sounded normal LOL>>:>>KLKJ! So I told them to send it back to me and today I ordered a Zalman ZM80D-HP. It should be here in a couple of days.

What I need to know is the proper way to remove the stock cooler from the card without trashing it. I have seen lots of different opinions on how to remove it, including one that said to "maul the plastic pins until they come out". Needless to say, I don't think I will be doing it that way. Can anyone point me to a documented procedure preferably with pictures, for removing the cooler from a 6600gt type card?

I've done about everything else in a computer but never replaced a vga cooler. So if you can help I would greatly appreciate it.

If you need pictures of the card, I can post them.
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Well First off all Turn over the G-card so the Heatsink is on the underside so youare looking at the Porngs or Screws holding the 6600gt heatsink on. If it has screws you need to gently remove the Screws and then Lift up the card as a Whole and slowly wiggle the Heatsink until it comes lose..Then You will want to wipe off the The stock thermal Compound of the GPU ready to re-apply a better one such as AS5. Also do the same method above if the heatsink is held down by pins but this time squeeze the pins until they pop and slip out of the hole ( If needs be small tweezers can be used but becarfull not to Hit the PCB ). When applying a thermal Compund sauch as AS5 add an amount about the size of a rice grain but becarefull not to get the Thermal compound on any other part of the g-card as AS5 ( Arctic Silver 5 ) is conductive and if you get it on the PCB ( Circuite board ) then you could cause the card to short out.Then Apply your New heatsink how the Instructions tell you too..A little Common sense will also help mate.

Hope this helps a little.
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Dude those zm80d's are a bugger to install. You have to use about a gallon of thermal paste and its like building a ship in a bottle. Get a zalman vf-700cu. It will give better performance (i had both on the same 6600gt. in fact if you want my old zm80d, its in a box in my basement!) and is much easier to install and is cheaper.
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Also another Note to be considred here..Whatever Cooler you decide to get or already have ordered may come with thermal pad which does the same as Thermal compound such as AS5. If the cooler has these pads at the bottom of it you dont need to add any Thermal Compound as you will want to use the Thermal pads already applied to the New heatsink
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The zalman zm80d uses 3 tubes (no kidding!) of their own paste. there are no pads. You have to smear paste around the heatpipes as you assemble it. Trust me, I've built computers for over 10 years and this thing drove me nuts (and I ran out of thermal paste, had to go buy more, and I got it all over me).
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It is definitely plastic pins and the tweezer idea sounds good.

On the other offer. I already bought it this morning. I don't want a fan cooler because this card has the fan speed locked in the bios I wan't it Quiet. I've got great thermals in my case and the heatpipes should do the job nicely. I've watched the installation video a number of time and I have a 13 year old son who is a Lego magician. So i'll let him put it on. Thanks again!!
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More power to you but bear in mind the vf700 comes with the zalman fanmate. If you run a vf-700 at 5v you won't even hear it and it will still have better performance.

Seeing as you already bought the zm80, may the force be with you!
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Originally Posted by jph1589
It is definitely plastic pins and the tweezer idea sounds good.

On the other offer. I already bought it this morning. I don't want a fan cooler because this card has the fan speed locked in the bios I wan't it Quiet. I've got great thermals in my case and the heatpipes should do the job nicely. I've watched the installation video a number of time and I have a 13 year old son who is a Lego magician. So i'll let him put it on. Thanks again!!
Well make sure your Son knows what he is doing lol as its not something to be mucked around with..Not to be rude or anything just be cautious is all.
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I do understand. He helped me build this system and tear it down and put it back a couple of times already. I'll be doing the supervisor thing the whole time.

More about the reason I didn't buy the Vf700. I already have 3 case fans the the cpu cooler running. When I change the MB next month there will be a northbridge cooler fan too. The way I have this case set up. The front and back fans are exhaust and the side is intake. The cpu cooler is a scythe katana. Now for the interesting part. The case fans are all tricool 120s. The front and back are set on medium and the side is set on low. So with this video card in my only pcie slot and the blank removed on the pci slot next to it, there will be a nice draft in right across the heat sink on the video card. Also, the side fan will be blowing in right across the exposed portions of the heatpipes. There are 2 of them. If it runs any warmer than the stock cooler I will be very surprised. Also the core on this card is 500mhz and the memory is 1ghz. So I won't lose any sleep if I can't overclock it. I will lose sleep if I have to hear the fan though. My other fans are so quiet that i didn't have any trouble hearing it when I had it installed for a few days before sending it back.

Thanks everyone for all the input!!
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I do understand. He helped me build this system and tear it down and put it back a couple of times already. I'll be doing the supervisor thing the whole time.

More about the reason I didn't buy the Vf700. I already have 3 case fans the the cpu cooler running. When I change the MB next month there will be a northbridge cooler fan too. The way I have this case set up. The front and back fans are exhaust and the side is intake. The cpu cooler is a scythe katana. Now for the interesting part. The case fans are all tricool 120s. The front and back are set on medium and the side is set on low. So with this video card in my only pcie slot and the blank removed on the pci slot next to it, there will be a nice draft in right across the heat sink on the video card. Also, the side fan will be blowing in right across the exposed portions of the heatpipes. There are 2 of them. If it runs any warmer than the stock cooler I will be very surprised. Also the core on this card is 500mhz and the memory is 1ghz. So I won't lose any sleep if I can't overclock it. I will lose sleep if I have to hear the fan though. My other fans are so quiet that i didn't have any trouble hearing it when I had it installed for a few days before sending it back.

Thanks everyone for all the input!!
Well from what you have just said i can see your Cooling is very good and you must get good Ambient temps..Im sure your Kid is Quit talented in Computing as the Younger generations are getting into at a much earlier age. I myslef was into Computing at the age of 8...17 now..im getting OLD lol.
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