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Well this is a problem ive never experienced before in all my years of pulling heatsinks off... Has anyone else encountered problems with the Asus GTX480s screws being on so tight that they just strip out when trying to unscrew them? So far ive only been able to get two screws to come out of this *insert words here*. If anyone has an ideas on how to get these suckers off or any type of grease I might be able to get on them that wont damage anything so they will come out?
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I've never taken the heatsink off my asus 480, but I did try to remove a screw once because I heard that all it takes is a certain screwdriver. Anyway, I used a screwdriver from a set of little ones and that worked great.

Like these ones

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Oh god not another one, this is the 2nd one today.
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I've never taken the heatsink off my asus 480, but I did try to remove a screw once because I heard that all it takes is a certain screwdriver. Anyway, I used a screwdriver from a set of little ones and that worked great.

Like these ones

Looks like the ones I have, main problem is they are so small I cant get enough leverage. These screws are insane like I said ive never seen screws this tight before its like Asus does not want you to take this heatsink off.
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Be very very careful..if you strip these screws you are going to be very unhappy. Take your time and get a high quality perfect fitting screwdriver.
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yeah its beyond that looking at some of the other posts with folks having issues with the 400s and their screws. I guess ill just say **** it and let the fan die and let her overheat and burn that will teach it to not let me have its screws.
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post #7 of 16
They have thread locker in the screws and may have been screwed in at a slight angle. It is a wide-spread problem with GTX 470/480 screws.

The only way to remove the screws is by destroying the head of the screw with a drill. Use very slow speed on the drill. Be very careful and cautious. You will have to get new screws.
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yeah i am just not going to bother with it its not worth the trouble of trying to bring the temp down. Hottest its ever got was 80c while I don't like it guess ill live with it till it dies.
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post #9 of 16
You have to use the exact screwdriver or you'll risk stripping it. When I had to remove mine to install the AXP, I simply gave enough down force and turned slowly to remove the screws. I read a lot of people having hard times with them but I guess I was lucky that they all came out without much trouble.

Good luck.
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post #10 of 16
Do not listen to ANYBODY that tells you to drill or dremel the screw out.

If the screw driver does not work, then go get a stripped screw kit. I've heard Home Depot carries them. It's not worth doing what I did this morning, now I'm out a rig.
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