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Old 27th May, 2005, 01:32 AM
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Geforce 6, and EPOXY

I just saw this on HardOCP, and had to laugh at whoever was silly enough to write off their Geforce 6 6800 Ultra. When using thermal epoxy, there is always a chance that one day it will have to come off. What many people dont realise is, the idea is the epoxy, DOESNT come off, at least not without a fight.

Back in the Geforce 4 TI days, when GPUs were moving to BGA packages, many simply fell off due to the sticky thermal grease that was used, even though it wasnt epoxy. These days its the BGA ram that falls off!
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Old 27th May, 2005, 03:32 AM
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That truly is a sad sad sight, and even the NV5 can't be salvaged
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Old 27th May, 2005, 03:42 AM
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dude asked how to re-attach the ram. Was kinda funny...
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Old 27th May, 2005, 07:20 AM
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actually my EE friend says he has a machine where he works that can do that kind of soldering LoL. My friend ripped the ram off his 9800XT a year ago doing the same thing, I was going to get it fixed, but he found out I could and wouldn't give me his card again... What a cretin. Oh well, that would suck for your 6800 to end up like that :-x
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Old 27th May, 2005, 10:03 AM
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If the tracks on the PCB aren't damaged, then it's repairable. If the tracks are damaged, forget it, it's easier/cheaper to go out and buy a new card. Not the smartest move to make, but it's not a mistake they'll make ever again.
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Old 27th May, 2005, 10:05 AM
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You lot need to work on your soldering kung fu

The fact is warranty inspectors probably get these from time to time lol. Get a card marked as "defective", and after you take the HSF off, you go "Hey, wait a second, all of those DDR chips are samsung, except that one, which is "Gnusmas" brand." Dead giveaway for a reinstalled chip! Well, that and the chewing gum.
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