Introduction

This guide exist because I want to clean the fans and heatsinks, I will show to you photos of the best order to stripdown the gpu.

If you want to clean the heatsink or fans you will need thermal paste because it need complete teardown to release the fans

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Sappire Vapor-X AMD Radeon R9 280x, use our service manual.

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  • To strip down the gpu you will need a phillips screwdriver

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  • Disconnect the fans+light connector

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Image 1/2: Note! this pair of screws is unique to this join Image 2/2: Note! this pair of screws is unique to this join
  • Remove the pair of screw that join the heatsink to the output base,

  • Note! this pair of screws is unique to this join

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Image 1/2: Note: Ignore 2 empty holes Image 2/2: Note: Ignore 2 empty holes
  • Remove 11 screws, those (+ the next 4 screws) work joining the heapsink+fans group to the gpu

  • Note: Ignore 2 empty holes

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Image 1/3: Note this is the clean, thermal paste ready photo Image 2/3: This is the 3 years dirty one Image 3/3: This is the 3 years dirty one
  • Now release 4 of the screws that hold the GPU Core to the heatsink

  • Note this is the clean, thermal paste ready photo

  • This is the 3 years dirty one

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Image 1/2: Note this screws are pointed tip for plastic Image 2/2: At this point you release the posibly not so clean heatsink
  • Remove 4 screws to separate the fans of the heatsink

  • Note this screws are pointed tip for plastic

  • At this point you release the posibly not so clean heatsink

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  • This is good time to clean the heatsink if it's any dirty

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  • Remove 3 screws per side (6 screws in total) to release 2 metal plates

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Image 1/3: Remove 2 screws that holds the light+fan1 wires Image 2/3: unplug and remove the light Image 3/3: unplug and remove the light
  • Remove 3 screws (per fan 9 in total) to release each fan

  • Remove 2 screws that holds the light+fan1 wires

  • unplug and remove the light

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Image 1/3: Note: the one with the shorter cable and  4 wires is the center one (for the gpu core) Image 2/3: the one with double 4 wire connector is the nearest to the gpu outputs Image 3/3: the one with double 4 wire connector is the nearest to the gpu outputs
  • At this point you can easy remove the fans

  • Note: the one with the shorter cable and 4 wires is the center one (for the gpu core)

  • the one with double 4 wire connector is the nearest to the gpu outputs

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  • At this point you can easy clean your fans, the fan support (it's plastic) and the plates

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Image 1/3: Remmember to clean the old thermal paste and replace with a new coat Image 2/3: Remmember to clean the old thermal paste and replace with a new coat Image 3/3: Remmember to clean the old thermal paste and replace with a new coat
  • when you're joining again the heatsink(plus the fan support) I recommend you to put the block in the edge of the table for optimal position

  • Remmember to clean the old thermal paste and replace with a new coat

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