Using a graphics card without the heatsink? 27 replies

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SeveringDozza

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#1 12 years ago

I need to turn my computer on without the heatsink on the graphics to test if the heatsink was causing this big artifacting I had with it. I'm buying the new cooler tomorrow. I really hope it's the cooler though, it seems like it is because when I turn the computer on the fan makes a loud buzzing noise, all these colors go on the screen, but when the screen doesn't make the buzzing, it's fine...I think.

Well, I hope that's it anyway. These colors all happen on the desktop too so I take it would happen in games also.

So do you think it would be the heatsink and would it be fine to test it without the heatsink on it (I won't go into games and I'll have a desk fan next to it).

I gotta try and fix this problem also because I'm gonna sell it to one of my friends.

Thanks.




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#2 12 years ago

No. Period. Removing the heatsink will make the problems worse because the car will overheat very quickly, probably almost as soon as you turn it on, and if it's overheating with a heatsink on it then chances are you'd damage it by running it without one.

Unless it's something very old, by that I mean about 8 years, something that old could probably survive without a heatsink. But if that were the case you'd want to replace the card, not the heatsink...




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#3 12 years ago

Ok, thanks. It's a Radeon 9800 pro. I really hope this will stop it though. It's weird though, the artifacting doesn't happen all the time.




Bs|Archaon

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#4 12 years ago

If you try and run that without a heatsink you're nuts, they're notorious for overheating even with a heatsink.




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#5 12 years ago
SeveringDozzaOk, thanks. It's a Radeon 9800 pro.

That explains it. As Archaeon said, 9800s overheat even with the stock HSF (in fact that's likely one of the main reasons why it does so - it's pathetically small and totally incapable of effectively cooling a card of that power), so if you try and run it without any form of cooling you'll likely destroy the card.

Either get a decent HSF unit such as an Arctic Cooling NV series and fit it to your 9800 (cheap option) or just buy a better card. (Best option.)




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#6 12 years ago
SeveringDozzaOk, thanks. It's a Radeon 9800 pro. I really hope this will stop it though. It's weird though, the artifacting doesn't happen all the time.

hmmm... wierd. I have a 9800 pro and i had a problem like sometimes when i turn on the computer, the fan would make a wierd noise and i found out that at times the fan was slowing down so i either had to tap the top card while its running for it to work properly or turn on and off the computer.




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#7 12 years ago

Mecha, that means the fan is knackered. That's one of the other things the 9800 is notorious for...




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#8 12 years ago

I had a 9700pro with this problem. Here is how i solved it. i removed the fan and cleaned it with alcohol. then reassembled it and gave it a blast of WD40. Wow did that fan spin, as it should have done it orginally.




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#9 12 years ago

Oh, well, I hope that the cooler fixes it...there is the chance that it is too late for that, and the chip is already damaged...I got so pissed when my gefroce fx 5950 ULTRA quit on me...I bought an AGP 939 board specifically for that...if not, i could have PCI-X, and a 7600GT right now....




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#10 12 years ago

Even if the 5950 hadn't quit on you, you would have liked it that much. Big, noisy, were some of the common word used to describe it. The 9800 still be the snot out of it.