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Old October 13, 2008, 08:21 AM
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Default Radeon X1650 Pro tune up

Now that my new gaming rig is up and running, I thought that i'd do a little spring cleaning on my older rig.

My older rig only had an AGP 8x slot in it, so I was running a Radeon X1650 Pro in it; and after being on for quite a while nonstop (almost a year) the thing mustve collected a lot of dust in it.

You may remember this thread where I was complaining about the card idling at 70C, and hitting as high as 110C during intense load (thus passing safe temperatures, and exiting out of a game to tell me it had downclocked itself to be safe).

So, yesterday, I unscrewed the heatsink and housing from the card, then removed the outer plastic housing from the heatsink.

I discovered that there was a WALL of frickin dust against the heatsink, where the air from the fan blew into. This must've stopped quite a bit of airflow. So, I took a can of compressed air and blew all the dust out of the heatsink and fan.

After that, I scraped & cleaned off the stock thermal clay crap they had sandwiched between the GPU and the heatsink, and applied some OCZ Freeze to it.

After screwing everything back on and making sure everything was nice and tight, i booted up my computer, and let it idle for a while to get to normal operating temperatures; then I checked the temperature.

45C idle!!! That's a whole 25C cooler than what it was running before at idle!

I feel some sort of sense of accomplishment.
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Old October 13, 2008, 09:15 AM
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Its amazing what a little dust will do isn't it...
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Old October 13, 2008, 09:16 AM
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i had no idea o.o
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Old October 13, 2008, 09:32 AM
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Carefull... you'll get the "apply new thermal compound to everything that isn't nailed down" bug.... :)

Good to hear that you managed to resolve your overheating issue, and yeah... it does feel pretty good to fix stuff you thought was toast doesn't it. :)
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Old October 13, 2008, 10:30 AM
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Carefull... you'll get the "apply new thermal compound to everything that isn't nailed down" bug.... :)

Good to hear that you managed to resolve your overheating issue, and yeah... it does feel pretty good to fix stuff you thought was toast doesn't it. :)
heh, i do feel like applying the TIM to everything... but, i'm only attacking older less important stuff (in case i screw up).
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Old October 13, 2008, 04:19 PM
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My older Nvidia 6800GT was infamous for being a "dust collector", hasd to clean it regularly, if I got lazy up went the temps......payed around $500 for that Card almost 4 yrs ago..
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Old October 13, 2008, 06:19 PM
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I haven't dusted my 8800GT yet after over a year of ownership... maybe that's a good idea!
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