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Windows 7: Finally bought an AMD 7870

29 Apr 2013   #51
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

Erick, you got good airflow in that case/plenty of fans, and all working?

I recently had to replace one.... the one in the back was start/stop/start/stop...

That will help jack temps in a hurry....

I dont think jumping to near max on a couple games is a broken card, if the next one does same.....


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29 Apr 2013   #52
Erick Aguilar

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faladu View Post
Erick, you got good airflow in that case/plenty of fans, and all working?

I recently had to replace one.... the one in the back was start/stop/start/stop...

That will help jack temps in a hurry....

I dont think jumping to near max on a couple games is a broken card, if the next one does same.....
I have the side panel removed and my room temperature is 20C.
But they are not sending a new card, just the heatsink because the tech believes the card can't be faulty just for temps. Then again when I replaced the tim the temperatures got wild. The tech does't know about that, he didn't blame me for a bad heatsink installation, but it could have been that the TIM I used isn't all that good.

Not to mention that when I remove the heatsink to try another application.. it seems that the paste is not pressed equally on the GPU. There seems to be more paste towards one corner of the GPU than the other. I guess that's why the first time I removed the heatsink there was a heck of a load of TIM from the fabric.
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29 Apr 2013   #53
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Erick,
You have went through a lot for your new card, if your not happy with what they send you then consider ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme III VGA Cooler

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29 Apr 2013   #54
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
Erick,
You have went through a lot for your new card, if your not happy with what they send you then consider ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme III VGA Cooler

I need to order two for reference visiontek 7970's but there hella expensive 79.00 a piece and I read a review where one guy changed his and card was DOA
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29 Apr 2013   #55
Erick Aguilar

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Thank you guys.

In all honesty I don't know where I would be able to get that cooler for a cheap enough price. I will probably cost half of a7870 here in mexico.

Besides, I don't believe I should trade off a possible defective card for a VGA cooler. I mean. This card is supposed to run cool with it's heatsink.
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30 Apr 2013   #56
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

I would just get high end thermal paste and go that route first, sounds like you just didn't have its heatsink/fan back on perfectly, as suspected. If you didn't use the recommended cleaning fare for the paste either, that would be an additional factor.
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30 Apr 2013   #57
Erick Aguilar

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faladu View Post
I would just get high end thermal paste and go that route first, sounds like you just didn't have its heatsink/fan back on perfectly, as suspected. If you didn't use the recommended cleaning fare for the paste either, that would be an additional factor.
I followed the same process I do for my CPU, and that is effective.

Anywho, I will go pick up the new paste today and give it another try.
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30 Apr 2013   #58
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

Trouble is that the heatsink/fan on video card is a lot more susceptible to poor tightness, you did think it was kind of odd that it had springs with the screws, right?
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30 Apr 2013   #59
Erick Aguilar

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faladu View Post
Trouble is that the heatsink/fan on video card is a lot more susceptible to poor tightness, you did think it was kind of odd that it had springs with the screws, right?
No, I didn't think it was kind of odd. I appreciate your help.. but it certainly isn't the first time I open up a GPU. The screws won't turn any more, and I know the next push will make a distinctive and painful sound.
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30 Apr 2013   #60
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

*cheers!* Just checking!!

Other people read these things.... I really don't advise messing with the heatsinks/fans on cards today, UNLESS you have an issue.

You were paranoid a little from too much knowledge from what I gather.

But I do wish they wouldn't cut corners on thermal paste, ARGH! $2 more on a $400 card (what I paid for mine, at the time) although I didn't take this bad boy apart, yet, so not confirmed in this case, but this one has two fans and heavy duty feel, I am not going there, unless I have to (fingers crossed), temps have been very normal, but I do not OC, but have run plenty of games that push cards.

V-Sync (fullscreen gaming) is your video card's buddy, use wisely.
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