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Hello

I have a little problem , i just dug up my old 9800GX2 and mounted it in a rig
iv'e put together from my older parts.
First of all i stopped using this card about a 1.5 year ago when one day my PC crashed and poor GX2 started displaying lots of color artifacts on the boot.
Thought it had overheated fatally and as i was already planning an upgrade
i placed it back in its box and got 2 GTX275's.
Now i dug it up connected and it runs fine , no more artifacts on the screen only problem is it idles at 72C.
Didn't try to play any games cause im scared its going to fry permanently and i could still use it.
I was thinking to take it apart and re-apply thermal paste maybe it would help.
If anybody has a better suggestion or any ideas what can be done please post away.
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post #2 of 10
Have you tried putting magma between two pieces of Texas toast? That is essentially what a GX2 is. Yes, reapply TIM should make a bit of a difference. I believe there are some break-in periods where the TIM operates best
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Check for dust, make sure fan is spinning. If you did those two then as you suggested, reapply the TIM.
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Yes fan is spinning fine its already at 66% according to MSI Afterburner as for the dust there is some dust inside but nothing particularly bad.
I will tage it apart tomorrow (its getting pretty late here) and post the results (maybe some pics) .
Back in the day i was running this card on the stock setting no OC or fan speed tweaking but i tortured it pretty hard (especially on Crysis) , is it possible that TIM has somehow lost its properties ?
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Yes fan is spinning fine its already at 66% according to MSI Afterburner as for the dust there is some dust inside but nothing particularly bad.
I will tage it apart tomorrow (its getting pretty late here) and post the results (maybe some pics) .
Back in the day i was running this card on the stock setting no OC or fan speed tweaking but i tortured it pretty hard (especially on Crysis) , is it possible that TIM has somehow lost its properties ?
Yes, over time (some)TIMs turn solid and I think they become less conductive due to that. Need some knowledgeable person to confirm that part scientifically. But people do recommend reapplying thermal compound every 4-6 months as a good practice. And do post some pictures as I haven't seen one of those from the inside.
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post #6 of 10
I'm not sure about gpu's but for CPU's I have never heard anyone recommend replacing tim every 4 months. That stuff should last for years. My MX-3 for example has an 8 year durability stamp on it.

On the other hand, I'd imagine the fact that you've had it sitting for 1 1/2 years might have made it lose something (can't say for sure but i'd speculate it).
    
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mine idles hot too just make an aggressive fan profile in EVGA precision, with this fan profile it idle at 47C and max load is 65-68C
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Sorry for the late reply i was little busy of late .
So i did re-apply the TIM and the result was OUTSTANDING !!!
my card is now idling at 54-56 C
here are the pics (sorry for bad quality but battery in my camera died and had to use some old one )










Edited by RobotDevil666 - 1/21/11 at 6:02pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RobotDevil666 View Post
Sorry for the late reply i was little busy of late .
So i did re-apply the TIM and the result was OUTSTANDING !!!
my card is now idling at 54-56 C
here are the pics (sorry for bad quality but battery in my camera died and had to use some old one )









good lord, yours was almost as bad as mine was, keep the shroud off temps will be 5-10C cooler, i can vouch for that mine idles at 65C with shroud and around 56C without it. dont forget to put a thermal pad on the PCI EXPRESS Switch or you're card will flicker like a MOFO under heavy load
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Thats good news man and thanks for the pics! XD
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