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

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

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    • 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.

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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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

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

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

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    • 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

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    • 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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    • 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

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dfoxpro

Member since: 06/09/2012

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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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