First post, by aaronkatrini
I recently got this APG X800 XT (PE?) from a local trade with a good friend. It was in good overall condition, however it was missing the heatsink. It seems that the cards original heatsink and cooler were replaced by what looks it was once was a Zalman custom cooler. I can tell from the small blue violet heatsinks glued over the Ram chips. This was a very popular choice back in the day, at least here in Italy. Anyway, the cooler is no longer there. I asked my friend why it was removed, and he told me that custom cooler was used on another card that then he later sold. Leaving this X800 XT without a cooler at all. I was told the card was working fine 10 years ago, but never used since.
I inspected the card and it looks in a good condition, no missing components or anything else wrong visually. I really wanted to test it, but was afraid I could damage it. And so I went into a bin with old coolers I keep just in case, and found this small heatsink that came from a broken Asus Fx5600 that the push-pins were the same distance as the holes in the card. I also put a little thermal paste, just in case. Note that the cooler is not connected because it has only 2-pins where the connector on the card has a 3-pin hole.
Now, I know that the X800 was a power hungry card, and came with big and heavy Copper heatsink to keep the temperatures down, but before I go hunt in the web for a Zalman or another compatible cooler, just to make sure the cards works OK, can I use this small heatsink to run a 10 minute benchmark or game?
I already tried just for a moment the card like this, it booted into the Desktop without any artifacts 😀
Some photos: https://imgur.com/a/RSyPP5k
Any thoughts are well received. Thanks in advance!