Originally Posted by nYm776
Guys, long story short, my warranty provider gave me a brand new Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 with Samsung memory instead of my AMD RX460 (luckkyyyyy as hell I know) because they no longer had RX460 in stock. First thing I did I replaced thermal paste and pads with quality stuff and added thermal pads to backside memory chips and gave them direct contact to backplate for additional cooling. Before the BIOS mod Best I could do was 70Mhz on the core, beyond that it would show artifacts and above 100 it would crash altogether. That would be 1488 clock speed. On the memory I can get +600 but before adding thermal pads on the back it wouldn't go over +300.
With this BIOS it can do 1530Mhz on the core stable and +600 and the memory. Max temp is 78 max and 250W power draw. Even tho I like to keep my room warm.
Should I be worried about future problems? I recently spent all my money on 2600x and a mobo and 16gb ram. So if anything goes wrong with this card I can't buy another one.
Is the first page up-to-date? Is there anything else I should do? I did everything according to the first page.
Thank you to the original creator. Maxwell is still a beast for 1080p gaming.
Hey bud! Thanks for sharing, good stuff there, glad you were able to get some improvements
. The SAMSUNG chips on the 970's are the best, congrats!
It was a very wise idea to refresh the GPU with some new pads/tim as well as giving the backplate some direct contact also. For those who have been around here a while know about "Ghetto cool tech" (lol) but if that's new to you, it consists of an 80mm fan with cut tie wraps in the screw holes as "feet" to blow air down on top of the back plate and away. This will make a considering difference in your backplate temps and could lead to some improved stability. I'd recommend you add that since the backplate is now an active sync to some degree.
I would not be worried about future problems at all personally... have fun with the new GPU and give it a workout. I still have both my 980Ti GPUs shoving 1.293v at them and allowing up to 475W of power each & they are both still working flawlessly. I am on water however as long as you monitor temps (as you are) and use a CUSTOM fan curve (stock curve is not great for a modified card) you should not have any issues. Too much heat is never good for any electronics but you seem to know what you are doing. I would never run FURMARK on a GPU... especially a modified one.. but that's about the only thing I wouldn't do.
I used to say GTAV and FFXIV was a good workout for the GPU but now the crown has to go to Red Dead Redemption II. I had to reduce my overclock a bit to run that stable. I actually run the game @ 1080p with ULTRA settings and it is smooth enough for me.
The MUMOD BIOS' do not have any updates. The latest versions are all still posted in the OP and you don't need to do anything else. There has not been any need to make any changes since I posted them.