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what would happen if you soldered more caps on a graphics card?

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like the title says i see nvidia cards with sometimes 19 places for caps that are empty what would happen if you were to solder some on? or even put VRM's on the board where there empty spaces for them and filled the empty spaces for resistors and transistors lol just curious
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It would get heavier.
    
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Are there even copper traces going to it?


You'll prolly brick the S.O.B.
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well what card is it? a lot of the time with earlier cards they just took some stuff off to make a lower end product, I presume that nothing would happen but it could break the card so I wouldnt bother
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Are there even copper traces going to it?


You'll prolly brick the S.O.B.
yes on my 8800GT there are traces going to empty slots


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Originally Posted by jy360 View Post
well what card is it? a lot of the time with earlier cards they just took some stuff off to make a lower end product, I presume that nothing would happen but it could break the card so I wouldnt bother
no card in particular but for reference say my 8800GT i read on here once if you only put caps on it would increase capacitance(is that even a word?) making it more efficent

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It would get heavier.
most likely
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post #6 of 13
Go for it.



How are you gonna solder on SS caps?
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Go for it.



How are you gonna solder on SS caps?
lol i wasn't going to i was just wondering what would happen im not taking any risks of killing it until XFX repairs my GX2. hmm good question i thought they came with long pins and manufacturer cut them to length much like an electrolytic cap. but hey i could be totally wrong.
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Extra caps can help provide cleaner, steadier power when overclocked & power demand is high. At least with the older cards they can also help raise the point where OCP kicks in, haven't capped any fermi myself yet.
    
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lol i wasn't going to i was just wondering what would happen im not taking any risks of killing it until XFX repairs my GX2. hmm good question i thought they came with long pins and manufacturer cut them to length much like an electrolytic cap. but hey i could be totally wrong.


well the ones I've ripped off my old 7800gt looked like the were soldered differently..like there wasn't the little pins sticking out from the backside. They were soldered onto the board.
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Extra caps can help provide cleaner, steadier power when overclocked & power demand is high. At least with the older cards they can also help raise the point where OCP kicks in, haven't capped any fermi myself yet.
hmm interesting.
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