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hafaphoto 19th July, 2004 05:31 AM

Help with a 9800 pro upgrade
Hello all! I need some info on how to remove the heatsink from my 128 ram, 256 bit card. On my old 9200, there are 2 pins, that when pushed in, have an arrow shapped peice of plastic, that you squeeze, and they pop out. The heatsink was still suck on! How is the 9200 sink staying on?

I ask this because I was just testing on my old card before I try to mod my new 9800. My Sapphire 9800 has 2 black pins on springs that appear to hold the sink on. When I press on the pins, nothing moves! I have the VGA silencer comming in this week, and need better cooling. Any ideas?

Oh yeah, I am not afraid to just cut off the plastic tabs to free the stock heatsink, I just do not need a new paper weight right now!

Thanks for any and all info!


karbon86 19th July, 2004 03:16 PM

For my 9800pro when i removed the stock HSF you just push those fittings through the hole with like a pen or something then pull it right off. The resistence you are feeling could be caused by the thermal paste sticking. I also have the 9200 and it's the same thing. Maybe turn the card on and and let it run a little hot to maybe loosen up the paste?

surlyjoe 19th July, 2004 05:55 PM

its just the goop holding it on there... try twisting it a few degrees.

cadaveca 19th July, 2004 06:45 PM

the 9200 i have had thermalpaste cooked so hard that i literlly had to chip the paste you can imagine the tension. the 5 or so 9800's i've played with all had rather loose heatsinks, but they were all brand new. just pop the pins and give a slight tug...
don't forget to remove the shim after!

Razorfish 19th July, 2004 11:46 PM

Isopropyl is great at getting old crusty thermal compound off, plus its completely save to use on ESDs (in this case your Graphics processor) and it wont damage the silk screen on the PCB. Sack off the old paste for Artic Silver 5 :thumbsup:

hafaphoto 20th July, 2004 02:52 AM

Thanks for the replies! One more question...
Hey Karbon86- When I push down on the pins holding the heatsink on the 9800, they do not move, even when using a pen and pushing pretty hard. On my old 9200, the pins move in without much force at all. The heatsink will rotate a few degrees, so I do not think it is held on by anything more than the pins.

I am leary of using more pressure on the pins, because of possible damage to the board. Does anyone have any ideas on this? The only way I can see to get it off would be cut the bottom barb of the pin. Any and all ideas greatly appreciated!



cadaveca 20th July, 2004 03:43 AM

uh...simple answer:

use needlenose pliers...the very small variety...squeeze the cliptogether before you push...or just cut 'em off. you'll get more with whatever it is that you buy for your card..and if you make your own, your way better off with screws,nuts, and washers anyway.

hafaphoto 20th July, 2004 04:17 AM

So just do it then!
Ok, when I get my VGA Silencer in, I should just (carefully) cut the old one out! I am sorry about being a bit paranoid about this, but I cannot afford a $199 paper weight.

But from what I have seen, I think I will borrow a pair of pliers from work, and remove the offending, non performing fan and heatsink, and get on with my upgrade!

I appreceate the quick, informative responces.


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