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Hi, I will be receiving my HIS 6950 in two days, and the first thing I want to do is replace the TIM with some MX-3, don't know how good the default paste is though?
But how would I disassemble the card? Haven't found anything about yet
Coming from a pretty simple constructed 8800GTS G80 to this is scaring me
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Free bump, I'm going to buy 2 of those and would like to replace the TIM also for lower fan RPM.
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Also, just two small questions more...

Looking at power draw graphs on the net is kindda scaring looking at 320W peak for a 6970, and I'm gonna unlock the 6950 to a 6970, so it will draw almost a much power right? Will my HX520 be enough?


Also, will PCI-Express 1.0 limit the performance much? My old P5N-E SLI is still running strong
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Also, your CPU might bottleneck, same to my E5200 @ 3.8G
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post #5 of 22
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Also, your CPU might bottleneck, same to my E5200 @ 3.8G
I know, however I went for the GPU upgrade first, because that is the most easy thing, if I went for the CPU, I needed to upgrade mobo and ram I will do that in the near future though...
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Yeah, but HIS's cards are beatiful ain't they?
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Your hx520 will handle it just fine. And a single 6970 consumes nowhere near 320w alone.
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post #8 of 22
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Quote:
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Yeah, but HIS's cards are beatiful ain't they?
Yeah, well I like the ASUS more, but they were out of stock

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Your hx520 will handle it just fine. And a single 6970 consumes nowhere near 320w alone.
Sounds good! Thanks!
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No one knows?
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post #10 of 22
After replacing the TIM on my 5870, it appeared to me (and others I talked with) that the issue wasn't the quality of the original TIM, but how well it was applied.

Some cards like mine, it was kind of glopped on. There was definitely more than needed, so re-applying was a good choice, so the extra didn't serve more as an insulator.

The material on mine (I had a reference board) looked and felt pretty much like the Shin-Etsu stuff used in a lot of OEM scenarios, which is actually pretty good if applied properly.

Non-reference boards might vary in the material used, but I still believe it's not the material itself; it's just often carelessly applied.
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