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 LATEST TOPICS |  FORUMS » VIDEO CARDS » ACCELERO XTREME 5870 RAMSINKS...
Subject: Accelero Xtreme 5870 RAMsinks
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Eh Devildog Jul 30, 2010 07:43 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Hey guys. I was working on installing my Accelero on my 5870, and I ran into a slight issue. When I pealed off the paper from the RAMsinks, it appears that they're dry. There's absolutely no tack or stick to them.
AC gives you a replacement pad, and I pealed it back a bit and touched the corner, and it's defiantly got some tack to it.
I started an RMA process, and I just wanted to confirm that's not suppose to happen. I've got no experience with third party coolers, this is my first time dealing with one.

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Spork™ Jul 30, 2010 07:52 PM Reply | Bookmark
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No its not common. it should be sticky. The ram sinks are not really need, more so the Vram.

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Eh Devildog Jul 30, 2010 08:19 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Cheers. Looks like Ive got to wait a few days.
AC basically has _no_ RMA options, and their Webshop is down. Not that I'd pay for parts on a brand-new cooler.
Now to figure out how I get an RMA cross-shipped to me...

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Delavan Jul 30, 2010 09:33 PM Reply | Bookmark
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DEvildog,
I DON'T have the time to install my cooler, because I have last minute visit coming-in this week-end. I'll try to install it maybe sunday afternoon, when they leave...I'll report back on the state of thermal pads...
Just a hint....SOMETIMES, if you heat these up with a HAIRDRYER, they become sticky enough. I'll definitely heat them up before I put them on, even if they stick when I'll unwrap-em...

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Eh Devildog Jul 30, 2010 10:19 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Yeah, I actually hit them with the hairdryer. Just made them warmer (and by warm, I mean, nearly burned myself. Durpty durp: Heatsinks in action), and the Thermal pad stayed the same. Dead and Dried up.

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Delavan Jul 31, 2010 06:00 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Could something like this, showcased, could work if I custom cut for eachRAM module?
I checked the status on mines...seems to be bone-dry here also. I just peeled-off a little so I could figure if it's sticky or not...
I got some Arctic Alumina, but there is NO WAY I'll put PERMANENT epoxy-based thermal compound on the RAM sinks, that would deny me any chances of RMAing down the road.
I'm now on the market for some thermal pads. I'm not interested in re-using the ones coming with the reference cooler, as I keep them to slap back of the card in case of RMA....
Where can I find such pads locally?

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Gamer Guy Jul 31, 2010 06:55 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Scratch that. Seems I am in the same boat after closer inspection. They have now fallen off and are useless.



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Delavan Jul 31, 2010 08:04 AM Reply | Bookmark
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 indeed.

I went to a local computer shop, just to see if they had some sort of thermal pads...the dude looked puzzled and pointed me at the wrong stuff...now I know what they're like..first visit in a shop and the guys points me towards thermal grease...

I'm glad the NCIX community exist, at least we speak "collectively" the same language.

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ProliferationWeapon Jul 31, 2010 08:08 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I think this whole fan failure timing must be contrived, as in, worked into the design. Futhermore, I've noticed that the aftermarket solutions for the last 2-3 generations have been severely crippled attempts for ATi high end cards, I mean, really, it took a year for something serviceable for the 4870, and what, nine months for the 5870, and its still a bit of a dodgy endeavor. Pathetic.
I am in the same boat, 5870 crossfire sounds like a chainsaw, and no viable solution unless I cough up $110 for a full cover waterblock for a card that will be obsolete in three months.

ATi/AMD: I like your cards, but this built in noise timebomb design is unpalatable.
I won't threaten to go to NVIDIA, I will just drop  pc gaming altogether.
Looking at the current and near term situation for games, i won't be missing much.

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Gamer Guy Jul 31, 2010 08:13 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I am now using my 8800GTX because I don't want to fry my card. (Until I can swap the stock one back on the 5870 later today.) I'll be returning this and going to water cooling sooner than I though. No thermal pads/HSs to deal with.   <_<
I was so happy with this to. The GPU temps are great, but when I ran Furmark (Giving me the time to have that closer look at the HSs.) some of the other temps shot up to 105C in no time so I just shut it down quickly and swapped out cards.
From such a high, to this disappointing low.

Edit: Said GPU-Z when I meant Furmark.

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Delavan Jul 31, 2010 08:16 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Well, kinda iffy for companies like AC, Zalman Gelid and waterblock companies to develop custom cooling designs for cards, when the PCBs aren't the same across the board.

If all PCBs were standardized across the board for all 5870 (exemple) for at least a year, if the 5870 were been sold by the millions (which is NOT the case), all kinds of companies would be producing all kinds of accessories...

ATI doesn't sell as much as nVIDIA (first reason), and not enough cards of the reference design cards sold to start MASS producing coolers (second reason).

Custom cooling is such a smal market after all. Only a chosen few can survive in that field....

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ProliferationWeapon Jul 31, 2010 08:18 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Thats just it, with a waterblock, our vrms will be even worse, unless you select  a "full-cover" design, which are only made by moon elves, hence the $110 price.

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ProliferationWeapon Jul 31, 2010 08:21 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Aftermarket cooling was not a problem back in the Radeon 9700-X1950 days, even the 3870 had a few decent options. I don't buy that explanation. Clearly there is a market for aftermarket coolers for ATi cards, or threads like this wouldn't exist.

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Gamer Guy Jul 31, 2010 08:25 AM Reply | Bookmark
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The one I want is listed for $119.99 but can be had for $95 when PM'd.

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Spork™ Jul 31, 2010 09:17 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Sorry that yours were an issue. Mine is still stuck on.
You really dont need the ram sinks, most aftermarket dont even have anything on them.
The Vram is screwed in, so thats ok.

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Eh Devildog Jul 31, 2010 01:51 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Thanks ProliferationWeapon. You're ability to keep this thread off-topic is amazing. Ill make sure to note that you have no understanding of technology, and how fast it advances, and that you dislike third party air cooling conditions for GPUs.

Im not sure exactly why you're posting. Last I checked we were (*trying to*) talking about dry thermal pads. Thank god for Spork bringing us back onto topic.

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ProliferationWeapon Jul 31, 2010 09:14 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Hey Devildog, feel free to point me in the direction for a suitable aftermarket 5870 crossfire cooler for noobish issue with one of my 5870 fans dieing at the exact same time as at least two other NCIX users, $400 videocards less then a year old, we shouldn't be having this conversation at all, I agree.

Sorry for the thread jack, it was very early, for some reason I thought this was a second thread started by GamerGuy, anyway it good for the 5870 users that all the information is out there.

Thanks OP>tips.

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