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I did that with a PNY 8800GT, and it works like a charm now. Great video card.
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Another update for this thread to document longevity issues. A few posts up, I mentioned my video card fan going to 100% and being "stuck" there. No setting would lower the fan speed, even tho MSI Afterburner would show a change on the graph.

Today, while playing Duke Nukem Forever, I heard my GPU fan slow down for the first time in weeks! It happened while the game was on a loading screen.

I quickly exited the game, and opened up MSI Afterburner. I set the fan speed to minimum (35%) and hit apply. The fan noise went away completely! I set it to 100% and the fan cam ROARING back to where it was just a few minutes ago.

I'm so happy! This has been a constant source of irritation since it glitched out on me (albeit a small one, but still). I don't know why it fixed itself like this, but this GPU's ability to heal itself is making me wonder if it has super powers or adamantium claws or something...

Or was it the awesome powers of "The Duke" that fixed my card? Hmm...thinking.gif
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Good writeup now I know what to do if my card fails, thanks.
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Today, a very sad update for this thread. The exact same problem is back. So for those keeping track, that's 5 months (to the day) that the bake fix worked before it all came undone again. I'm gonna re-bake this card, and see if I can't fix her up again.

/sigh
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Edited by Razinhail - 9/17/11 at 5:54pm
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Interested in seeing how the second bake turns out.
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Interested in seeing how the second bake turns out.

Same! Good luck! thumbsupsmiley.png
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Quote:
Originally Posted by canna;14973358 
Interested in seeing how the second bake turns out.
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Originally Posted by Clever-KiD-1;14973498 
Same! Good luck! thumbsupsmiley.png

Thanks! I'm glad people are enjoying this thread.

This time, I baked it keeping it as close to 385 degrees Fahrenheit as possible during the entire time, and baked it for 20 minutes. After baking it, I turned the oven off, and left the door closed until the card had reached 120 degrees, as read by my handy oven thermometer, which was placed in the same way as before. Then I took it out of the oven, inspected it for any new damage (there was none) and immediately put thermal paste on everything, and slapped her back together.

So far, everything looks good. Artifacts are gone. I'll OC and bench it tomarrow, and post results here.
Edited by Razinhail - 9/17/11 at 9:34pm
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post #18 of 19
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Just a quick update, my card now idles at 56C and in benchmarks gets up to 100c before the NVIDIA Control Panel aborts the test (I tried testing in Furmark, on stability mode). Since I'm out of thermal paste, and I won't even have time to really mess with it for a couple of weeks, this will just have to do. It's gonna bug the living crap out of me for the next couple of weeks until I can get it fixed up right, but sometimes life just doesn't let you take the time you need to on the things you love. /sigh

I did get it set back to the clocks stated in my sig (810/1944/1278) and the card is working quite nicely for what I do right now, so temps aren't a big concern. I don't do anything GPU intensive anyway, so she'll spend 99% of her time at idle temps.

I'll update more when I get a chance to. Hopefully this is the last time I'll have to bake this card.
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I've gone MIA for over a year, sorry about that. But as promised, here's an update to this thread.

Yes, I am STILL using my 9800GTX+, and yes it STILL works flawlessly. I love this card!

When I baked it the last time, I didn't pre-heat the oven. I had a pan covered with foil, and 4 foil balls holding the card up (and level). The temperature probe was placed below the card, but on top of the foil covered tray. I spent 20 minutes keeping the temperature as close to 385 as possible, since (as documented earlier in the thread) my oven can't keep a constant temperature to save its soul, and I'm a little bit OCD about odd things like this. After the intense 20 minute knob twisting session was over, I turned the oven off and let everything cool down to 120 degrees F, slapped it all back together and re-applied my OC (noted in my sig). It has stayed that way ever since, and it still runs whatever game I throw at it without issue. Most recent game I've played was Diablo III. Not the most intense game out there for video cards, but good enough for me to consider everything to be in 100% tip top shape.

Considering the fact that this bake has lasted for so long, I'm inclined to say that my previous bakes were wrong, or there was something about them my card just didn't like, so from now on, when I have to bake a card, this is the method I'll use.

Why the foil on the pan? The heating element sits below the card in my oven, this keeps some of the direct heat off my card ensuring no "hot spots" are formed because of the heating element. The foil balls I use to keep the card slightly elevated (about an inch and a half or two inches) are on the very corners of the card, so even if they themselves create small hot spots, they have no components near them to be damaged by the increased heat.

I think I've pretty much done as much research on this as I'm going to, and until I find a reason to change my methods, I'm gonna leave it at this. So as far as longevity goes, I'm gonna consider this *PERMANENT* since I've surpassed the year mark with no sign of problems. Not even the fan speed issues I've noted earlier in the thread. As such, this will be my final update to this thread, however I will still answer questions as I notice them posted in here.
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