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I am quite saddened today, as my faithful Gigabyte 4890 has decided to kick the bucket. Though I am afraid it didn't die of natural causes, I think I killed it.

I have no idea what went wrong though, I was hoping some of you could shed some insight to prevent me from ever making the same mistakes again.

Little background info, about one and a half years ago I installed an Acellero Twin Turbo on my girlfriend's 4870. I followed the instructions and it all went swimmingly. No problems at all.

With this experience I decided that instead of blowing a whole lot of money on a new graphics card I decided to spend about 25 euros on a shiny new Acellero twin turbo pro for my 4890 and overclock my card, in order to hold me over for a little while longer.
I first remove the old cooler, which had a dying fan anyway (one of the ball bearings was making noise) some delicate force was required, I first believed Gigabyte had used thermal adhesive, but I think it was just the cheap TIM they used which had caked.
I then proceeded to clean the gpu using Arctic Arcticlean solution and a paper towel. Until I could see my own, crystal clear, reflection in the gpu.
Though some cleaning fluid may have been spilled onto the outer area of the gpu, I cleaned it best I could, and let it dry.

I then followed Arctic's instructions and cleaned the ram and vrm's using an eraser, maybe I rubbed too hard?
I made sure the heat sinks were securely fastened by firmly pressing down on them for bout 30 seconds each.

After that it was a matter of flipping the card over and lowering it carefully onto the cooler. This went off without a hitch and I screwed it on tight, real tight. Going of course diagonally and not tightening a whole screw in one go.

During the installation I also made sure I grounded myself using a metal object once every while to prevent a build up of static.

After that it was simply a matter of plugging the card back into my system and looking on in horror as my screen stayed black.
I did the installation twice, but to no avail. It's dead, it's now just a badass looking paperweight.


- In a related subject, I need a new graphics card. One which isn't bottlenecked by my 4ghz E8400 and comes with decent cooling so I never have to change it.
Edited by EarlGrey - 3/1/11 at 1:17pm
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post #2 of 13
If it were me, I'd slap the old cooler on just to try it out. It shouldn't make any difference, but weird things happen.
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First, while stupid of me to say the pci power cables are plugged in right? I'd also make sure you have it in the same slot it was before you took it out, if your mobo has multiple pci-e. The only other thing I can think of is make sure its not over tightened, if it isn't I'd highly suggest baking it if you've given up hope (that pressure could have broken a solder somewhere.
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I did try the old cooler, no effect.
Also I made sure all cables were plugged in properly and that the pci-e slot wasn't dusty or broken since it works fine with my backup card.

I did tighten the cooler as much as I could, until the screws just wouldn't turn anymore.
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I would suggest baking it as well. Cant hurt.
   
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Quote:
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I did tighten the cooler as much as I could, until the screws just wouldn't turn anymore.
are you using some sort of backplate?? even then I wouldn't suggest ever doing that on a graphics card. you may have broken something.
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my guess is that you broke it when you tightened the cooler, put it in the oven at 200 degrees centigrade for 20 minutes and see if it works. you could always buy my GPU
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I would suggest baking it as well. Cant hurt.
You mean throw it in the oven right? If so, how high / long

nvm, jy360 to the rescue
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are you using some sort of backplate?? even then I wouldn't suggest ever doing that on a graphics card. you may have broken something.
That seems the most probable cause then. In my mind I was thinking the tighter it's attached, the better contact it makes the better the cooling. Guess that was a bit short sighted huh.
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NO dont do 20 minutes, there is a 20 Page forum post on this finnish forum about baking cards XD
You should bake 190C 10 Mins MAX, and when you do, make sure you remove all the TIM first, clean it out and remove all stickers that are on it.
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