Sometimes, your GPU's will just decide to stop working:
So, instead of throwing them in the garbage, try baking them in the oven.
Now for the guide:
NOTE: I am not responsible if you break something following this guide. This is not guaranteed to work, but is an option.
Things you'll need (other than the oven; can't fit into the picture):
A verbal version:
- The GPU's
- Some thermal paste
- A bowl to keep the screws in (optional)
- A baking tray
- Some aluminum foil
- rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls
- Assorted screwdrivers
- Nintendo DS (for keeping occupied during the baking and cooling; optional)
- Timer (very useful)
first, preheat the oven to 385 F. you can work on other things while it is preheating.
second, disassemble the GPU however you need to:
Remember to check for hidden screws under the backplate (if needed; mine have 2 each)
Now pull the cooler off of the card. remember to unplug the fan cord (it is on in this picture):
You can leave the IO plate on the card.
now, clean the thermal paste of of the GPU and cooler. you want it nice and shiny. KEEP THE THERMAL PADS ON THE COOLER.:
now, to prepare the baking sheet:
Put some foil on the sheet:
Also, make some foil balls, and slightly flatten the top and bottom. I was able to use two per GPU, but you may need more if you took the IO plate off:
Place the GPU and foil balls onto the tray:
I am using the fan header and the power connectors to support the GPU. DO NOT directly support the PCB. components can come off, and that is bad.
Repeat these steps for however many GPU's you need to bake I needed to bake two:
Now, put the GPU's into your preheated oven:
Set the timer for 9 minutes, and now wait. This is where the DS comes in:
Camera glare is annoying. note that I did come in 1st in that race. bad start.
I also took the opportunity to open the coolers and clean them:
The inside of a GTX 280 cooler. There are SEVEN different heat pipes in it. I also found a char-grilled moth in one of them. It was gross.
When the 9 minutes is up, IMMEDIATELY turn off the oven and open it.
Let it cool a little, and then move the tray CAREFULLY to a cooling area. Be safe. Use oven mitts.
Now kill 15 more minutes, while the GPU's cool.
Yay, now you can re-install the coolers, remembering to put fresh thermal paste on the cards.
Install the cards in the computer, and get folding
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