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Make sure your gfx cards are kept dust free! Keeps them nice and cool

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September 9, 2007 9:38:55 AM

Haah

just goes to show how bad dust can be when it comes to cooling your cpu parts.

Iv got the x1950 pro by sapphire and when I first bought it, it used to idle at 47 degrees or there abouts. This was back in the winter days, so my room was relatively cool. Since then the cards idling temperature kept rising till it hit 63 degrees while idling. I originally thought, hey its summer....my room is hot...this was bound to happen. Sooo, to try to combat this issue, I yanked up the fan speed to 100% but soon realised this had very little effect. That's when it hit me....I hadn't cleaned the card out since I'd bought the damn thing :pt1cable: 

This generally applies to all graphics cards (using air cooling). If you've had it for a few months....I suggest you clean it out if you don't already do so. It took me no more than 5 mins to take out my card, open the top cover (the one with the picture), marvel at the amount of dust that had clogged up the heat sink and clean it!

This took my idling temp down from 63 degrees C to 40 degrees. Well worth the 5 mins spent don't you think?

have a nice day :hello:  :hello:  :hello: 
September 9, 2007 10:52:29 AM

This is common sense.

And I do have a dust filter in my case that keeps most of the dust away. Blow it out every 6 months.
September 9, 2007 11:02:50 AM

marvelous211 said:
This is common sense.


true, but you'd be surprised how many people dont do it.
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September 9, 2007 11:55:40 AM

what do you recommend to clean it with? a duster is surely a static hazard
September 9, 2007 11:57:08 AM

Dust off?

You can also use your mouth to blow. :kaola:  Or wipe.
September 9, 2007 11:58:39 AM

eww..., so your saying just use my finger?
September 9, 2007 1:08:12 PM

spuddyt said:
eww..., so your saying just use my finger?


Now you are getting nasty. :lol: 
a b U Graphics card
September 9, 2007 2:01:57 PM

marvelous211 said:
Dust off?

You can also use your mouth to blow. :kaola:  Or wipe.


Isn't using your mouth to wipe a little yucky?

:bounce:  :bounce:  :bounce: 
a c 271 U Graphics card
September 9, 2007 2:41:22 PM

rockyjohn said:
Isn't using your mouth to wipe a little yucky?

:bounce:  :bounce:  :bounce: 

Not when you consider what comes out of some mouths. :lol: 
September 9, 2007 6:34:51 PM

lol lol

eh just use a can of compressed air. That usually gets the job done.
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