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I remember at some point in time having seen a thread or a well written post that detailed the information and tools necessary to successfully remove heatsinks from 400 series cards without stripping the screws (since I know this was quite the epidemic when the series was introduced). It was specific enough to list off the size/type of screwdriver necessary and alternate methods... yet I cannot locate it through search -so was I seeing things?

Does anyone know what I am talking about?
    
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I was able to remove 400 series screws with a standard screwdriver. Medium size I'd say... Smaller than what I use for case screws, but not small... if that makes sense... As long as it's of good build quality I don't foresee any issues. No stripped screws here But that was with the Twin Frozr GTX470 and reference GTS450/GTX460s... Never tried to remove one from reference GTX470/480s.
    
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I was able to remove 400 series screws with a standard screwdriver. Medium size I'd say... Smaller than what I use for case screws, but not small... if that makes sense... As long as it's of good build quality I don't foresee any issues. No stripped screws here But that was with the Twin Frozr GTX470 and reference GTS450/GTX460s... Never tried to remove one from reference GTX470/480s.
I was originally planning on removing the heatsinks from the EVGA stock cooler GTX470's but decided to just put those reference cards in my father in-laws rig and take the twin frozrs under water.

I just need to find a decent set of tools as I have been merely using a single case screwdriver for everything that is a lil beat up atm!
    
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At least with the TFII You only need to remove 4 screws to get the heatsink off (The built-in memory/VRM heatsink is nice btw )
    
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At least with the TFII You only need to remove 4 screws to get the heatsink off (The built-in memory/VRM heatsink is nice btw )
Nice! Good to know and looks like I made a good choice then.... was gonna try and do the waterblock install tonight but daughter won't go to sleep
    
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Nice! Good to know and looks like I made a good choice then.... was gonna try and do the waterblock install tonight but daughter won't go to sleep
Why not let her take care of it? She looks like she knows what she's doing.
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Why not let her take care of it? She looks like she knows what she's doing.
Currently she has the smashing things part down cold - getting her to not strip screws though is a little tougher task!
    
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Some phillips heads are flat ended while some have a point, you sometimes need to find a screwdriver that "fits" well with the screw in question and it isn't solely about the size of the tool...
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Some phillips heads are flat ended while some have a point, you sometimes need to find a screwdriver that "fits" well with the screw in question and it isn't solely about the size of the tool...
Yea, the one I use for most stuff has a small star point at the end of it.
    
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I took the stock cooler off my Asus GTX 480 so I could fit an Arctic Cooling AXP just the other day.

It was really easy;

1. Unscrew all the screws on the back of card using a small Phillips screwdriver. There were two that were hidden below a strip of foam on mine which you have to rip (I assume it's there for warranty voiding purposes).
2. Press all the tabs in around the side of the card which will remove to the top of the cooler.
3. Pull the heatsink off the chip (a little force is required here).
4. Pull the base of the cooler off, making sure you disconnect the fan (again a little force is required).

That's the 480, but I assume it's pretty much the same for all 400 series cards that are fitted with stock coolers.
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