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angry hampster

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Vid card Temps dropped by 70 degrees F
« on: November 19, 2011, 05:34:43 PM »
After 3 years, I replaced the thermal interface material and cleaned the heatsink on my HIS Radeon 4870 512mb. Load temps went from 101*C (yeah, scary) to a very reasonable 60*C. Quite satisfied...card should last a good while longer. It's not the strongest performer these days, but I'm a pretty casual gamer so having state-of-the-art graphics isn't necessary anymore.
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Re: Vid card Temps dropped by 70 degrees F
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 05:38:06 PM »
That's a big jump. 101* is HOT.

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Re: Vid card Temps dropped by 70 degrees F
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 05:43:22 PM »
Yeah. I saw it today when I was playing GRiD.  Figured out was about time to do SOMETHING before the solder started melting. Hopefully the card will last me another year or two then I'll upgrade to a last-gen high-end card.
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Re: Vid card Temps dropped by 70 degrees F
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2011, 07:15:17 PM »
What kind of heatsink does it have? I have an egg on my XFX 4870 card that I got as a replacement some time back. Thing runs a good 20*c hotter than the other did (before the fan problems).

Also, what kind of thermal compound did you use?

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Re: Vid card Temps dropped by 70 degrees F
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2011, 09:01:16 PM »
It's the stock reference cooler:



I used AS5 compound. I prefer OCZ Freeze, but I couldn't find my tube of it and had a tube of AS5 in the cabinet beside my desk.

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Re: Vid card Temps dropped by 70 degrees F
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2011, 09:16:47 PM »
Ahh.  I have a tube of AS5 around somewhere. I went with the Tuniq TX-2 for the new build and am pretty happy with it. Maybe I should give that a try on the chip to see if it cools any. I dislike the design of the heatsink on mine, blows the air into the case.



just not the best design at all. along with a crappy fan, but at least they have that nice warranty

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Re: Vid card Temps dropped by 70 degrees F
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2011, 09:24:53 PM »
<3 the watery water keeping my cards cool. *sigh* so nice!

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Re: Vid card Temps dropped by 70 degrees F
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2011, 05:44:27 PM »
<3 the watery water keeping my cards cool. *sigh* so nice!

That is how I am cooling my 6870 in my new intel machine. And yes. very nice.