Stop Video Card From Over Heating

Introduction: Stop Video Card From Over Heating

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This is my trusty Geforce GTX 260. It has seen better days, the enclosure has been hacked up to fit on a motherboard that it should have never been on. Normally that hole has Bubba Billy duck tape on it. But anyway when I started to drive this card hard it was running hot. I loved this card so it was time to try to save it.

You will need:

Phillips screw driver

Heat sink compound

Some Orange Glow

Paper towels

and as always a Banana

Step 1: Disassembly

On the back of the card there are screws galore. You will need to remove ALL of them. This will release the front housing and the heat sink. Some of these screws will be location specific. Make sure you note where they come from when you remove them. Once you have all the screws removed you should be able to wiggle the housing. It may or may not come off easily. I had to wiggle and pull at the same time to separate mine and over come the heat sink compound. At this point you will have a power plug for the cooling fan to unplug from the board. It is most likely a three wire plug. Ground/Power/RPM reference.

As you can see in this photos the heat sink compound was a mess. Most of it was dry and shoved off the edges of the processor.

Now take your Orange Glow on a paper towel and wipe off the compound with it. This stuff is super messy as the cleaner re-constitutes it. Don't get this junk on your hands and for crying out loud don't wipe it on your clothes; it will never come out. Wipe it off on your buddies shirt.

Make sure you get all of it.

After you have all the processors and chips clean wipe them down with rubbing alcohol. This will clean off any residue the Orange Glow left behind.

Apply a small dot of compound to all the chips that surround the main processor. Then make a cross on the main processor and don't forget the other one I pointed out in the photo. Don't go crazy with the compound as it will squeeze out and leave nasty noob goop, half on the board. Once you have all the compound in place put the two halves together once you have them together give them a little wiggle while pressing them together. This makes sure the compound spreads correctly. Now lay the card housing side down and replace all the screws. Do not run them all the way down until you have all the screws started. As you tighten them watch for anything to bind. If it does bind correct it. Once you have all the screws tightened flip it over and make sure the fan spins freely and does not hit anything. When tightening them make a pattern that tightens opposite side screws as you go so that it tightens down evenly. This will keep the board from distorting and or being damaged.

Now go check the notes in the photos for details of the repair............

Now go install it in a machine and test it. First and foremost make sure that cooling fan is spinning. If not you may have forgotten to plug the fan back in. If this did happen and you have to take the card apart again don't add any more compound just do the wiggle and push them back together again when you put the halves back together.

After doing this or anything like it I always run the Passmark test for the specific component. This ensures that the repair will be durable and reliable.

Lastly enjoy your banana; but wash your hands first ;)

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    3 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    On video cards there is mostly used a minimal cooling, the cooling the processor minimal needs. IF you are handy and know how to use a drilling column, then you can replace the cooling radiator for one that is bigger like you have for the heavy processors. The mounting from the cooler is then the biggest obstacle. But for sure when you want to overclock your video processor or let it render on full speed, then you need bigger coolers to avoid that your videocard shuts down your system. But for games the cooling radiators are mostly sufisient. For video rendering at 1080p it is a other story. Video rendering 1080p can lass days if you don't have a very big budget for fast processors, mainboard, memory and videocards. So to shorter that time replacing the cooler is a option.


    5 years ago

    The RAM chips use thermal padding because there is a bigger gap between them and the heatsink, and you CANNOT use thermal paste to replace the pads. You need to be sure to be careful when removing the heatsink/housing to make sure you don't lose any. You can replace them with new passing, but it is not cheap and you need to make sure you buy the correct thickness thermal padding.

    Also, Orange Glo is a furniture cleaning/conditioning product and should not be used on computer parts. There could be chemicals/oils in it that could damage PCBs and components. Alcohol works just fine for removing old, dried thermal paste and is the only thing you should use, unless you purchase SilverStone's thermal paste cleaning kit. It uses two liquids that were specifically formulated for cleaning thermal paste.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Give the thermal paste cleaner a sniff. And then look at the ingredients. Same stuff basically. Anything can destroy the PCB if you are sloppy and dump it on it. It was a dot of the cleaner on a rag then rubbed to clean the processor. Also I did not remove the pads I put a dot of thermal paste on the chips that would have the pad.also. I have since overclocked this card till it beats the two models above it in Passmark and let it run at that setting for daily use and it is less than 10 degrees hotter than stock setting and stable. When gaming (Skyrim) the card runs 15 degrees hotter.