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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 needs a complete teardown to release the fans.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Video Card, use our service manual.

  1. To strip down the GPU you will need a Phillips screwdriver To strip down the GPU you will need a Phillips screwdriver To strip down the GPU you will need a Phillips screwdriver
    • To strip down the GPU you will need a Phillips screwdriver

  2. Disconnect the fans and the light connector Disconnect the fans and the light connector
    • Disconnect the fans and the light connector

  3. Remove the pair of screw that join the heatsink to the output base. Note! This pair of screws is unique to this join. Keep them seperate from other screws.
    • Remove the pair of screw that join the heatsink to the output base.

    • Note! This pair of screws is unique to this join. Keep them seperate from other screws.

  4. Remove 11 screws, those (+ the next 4 screws) work joining the heapsink+fans group to the gpu 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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  6. 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
    • 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

  7. Remove 4 screws  to separate the fans of the heatsink Note these screws are pointed tip for plastic
    • Remove 4 screws to separate the fans of the heatsink

    • Note these screws are pointed tip for plastic

    • At this point you'll release the heatsink is not very clean

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

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

  10. Remove 3 screws (per fan 9 in total) to release each fan Remove 2 screws that holds the light and fan wires unplug and remove the light
    • Remove 3 screws (per fan 9 in total) to release each fan

    • Remove 2 screws that holds the light and fan wires

    • unplug and remove the light

  11. 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
    • 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

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

  13. when you're joining the heatsink (plus the fan support), I recommend you put the block on the edge of the table for optimal position Remmember to clean the old thermal paste and replace with a new coat Remmember to clean the old thermal paste and replace with a new coat
    • when you're joining the heatsink (plus the fan support), I recommend you put the block on the edge of the table for optimal position

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

dfoxpro

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I have the same card and I find your guide very useful. My problem is that the last fan (at the end where there're the power connectors) only starts spinning at 80%. Do you have any idea how can I fix it?

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