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Useing IC Diamond on GPU's

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May 20, 2010 5:11:50 PM

I would like to try the IC Diamond on my GPU's (GTX250's) as they run far to hot for my likeing, but i have never removed a GPU heatsink so have a few questions before i do.
A, Would removeing the heatsink and replaceing the TIM void the warranty?
B, Has anyone done this on the same/similar gfx card's and could tell me exactly what to look out for?
C, Will i see that much of an inprovement with IC Diamond 24 carrot over the standard TIM?
D, How easy is it to dammage components on the GFX card's?, I am a model maker (building the victory in wood atm) and usually good at handleing delicate things but can sometimes be a little ham fisted.

Im asking this question here as not to congest the IC Diamond results thread.

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May 20, 2010 6:15:06 PM

You will void the warranty.
No need to answer the rest of those.
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May 20, 2010 7:39:43 PM

ksampanna said:
You will void the warranty.
No need to answer the rest of those.

Ok im still kind of tempted tho, Im sitting here with 3 IE windows open and one word doc and the temps on my gpu's are 63 and 58 degrees respectively. When im playing games if i forget to turn my fans to full they get to hot and crash my pc. Even with the fans @ full when playing they hit 80 degrees. Also when i turn my fans up to play games i get moaned @ because the mrs says she cant hear the TV.

If its not to hard to do and I can get a good result and cure the above problems then i dont think i would mind voiding the warranty. At least it might be the lesser of two evils, I certianly dont want the crashes to take out my raptor, other drives or cause any other dammage.
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May 20, 2010 11:27:58 PM

Improve the airflow in your case then - the cards are starved for air it seems as they're more than capable of running at those temperatures without problem.

And a computer crash isn't going to damage your other components unless the crash has come from a significant hardware issue (like a *** PSU).
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May 21, 2010 12:06:58 AM

LePhuronn said:
Improve the airflow in your case then - the cards are starved for air it seems as they're more than capable of running at those temperatures without problem.

And a computer crash isn't going to damage your other components unless the crash has come from a significant hardware issue (like a *** PSU).

Thanks for your suggestion but, i cant realy inprove airflow im useing an Antec 1200 with side door fan fitted and central HD cage cofig as wind tunnel blasting air @ my gpu's. Crashes only ever happen if im playing games without turning my fan's to full power witch keeps the gpu's around 80 degrees @ load. Which rules out PSU prob as with 8 fans @ full speed its drawing a bit more power than if i forget to turn em up. God know's what temp they hit if i forget to turn up the fans ive no been looking at temp moniter @ the right time to see.

I never had this prob with my old gpu's, i hate these 250's wish i had never bought em

I thought crashes were bad for your hard drives as they dont get chance to park properly?
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May 21, 2010 2:05:04 AM

^ Have you looked in to an Antec Spot cool to improve air flow near the GPU area?

ksampanna said:
You will void the warranty.
No need to answer the rest of those.

WRONG! It depends on the manufacture. XFX/EVGA allows you to swap out the heat sink assuming you have registered it for warranty in the first 30 days after purchase. Other manufacture, I don't know. So OP, what manufacture do you have?

See: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/xfx_amends_lifetime_wa...
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May 21, 2010 2:06:01 AM

Shadow703793 said:
WRONG! It depends on the manufacture. XFX/EVGA allows you to swap out the heat sink assuming you have registered it for warranty in the first 30 days after purchase. Other manufacture, I don't know.

See: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/xfx_amends_lifetime_wa...

well im XFX and reged so no prob there then
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