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So i just installed the Zalman zf3000 on my 5850http://ncix.com/products/?sku=54346&...=ZALMAN%20TECH

then i went to plug it in and all i got was a long steady high pitched beep
. Naturally instead of acting calm and trying to figure out what the problem was i panicked and went to a secondary computer to search the web and try and solve my problem. When no solution was immediately found I took a deep breath decide i would go out tomorrow and buy a video card (one to be used later in a htpc build) and go from there. So i go up to my computer and go to take the card out only to realize that of course i hadn't plugged the 5850 into the psu. Long story short everything is up and running, went from 65C core at 1000/1150 at 1.212v to 44c core (no ram temp hitting more then 54c) after 10 mins of kombuster at 1280x1024 with 8xmsaa (card at 95% load). Hope everyone got a kick out of my afternoon in computer cooling, and ill post some before and after pictures of the gpu later if anyone wants to see them.
 

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Don't feel too bad.....my Son's friend only plugged one of his pci-E power connectors into his 5870!
and he was wondering why it was beeping! hahahaha
 

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I'm no really sure how it would be bricking cards, i just followed the instructions and once i actually plugged it in the card works normally and was much cooler. The only way i could see bricking the card being possible is if you over tighten the part that attaches right above the core because this is only piece thats held on by screws. So as long as you dont go crazy with the hand tightened bolts it would seem to me to be safe.
 
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