Reply 46980 of 50473, by TrashPanda
acl wrote on 2022-11-07, 16:51:
Yesterday, i cleaned some cards i "recently" bought. Not very recently actually because i took a break from my retro hobbies aft […]
Yesterday, i cleaned some cards i "recently" bought.
Not very recently actually because i took a break from my retro hobbies after an very frustrating incident with a GTX 7800 512MB.
I love that 2005 card. Twice the memory and hugely overclocked in comparison to the standard 256MB version.
But it's not a super common card. I had one for some years. It worked well, but i wanted an SLI.
I finally found some in US. Cheap, but untested. Less than 15$ each. But adding shipping and taxes raised the price to 50$ a piece.
I badly wanted my SLI so ordered two. To have a total of 3. Just in case one would be dead on arrival.
Waited a month. The two cards arrived. On artifacting, the other was fine.
With the one i already had, i still had my SLI.
Frequencies were a bit different. So i moded a bios with nibitor.
I tested the SLI. Everything worked ! Awesome. After so many years !
I cleaned everything, changed paste, pads. Fan lubrification. Good to go !
I took the time to install everything in the case. I started F.E.A.R.
After less than 1h of gameplay. Computer reboot. Card not detected.
The "old" 7800 GTX 512 just died live in game.
The same week, i received a broken mainboard and an 8800 Ultra that started artifacting a few days after.
So... i just stopped retro activities for a week or two... i was too pissed.
But on the bright side, i was able to repair my Soltek SL-54U1 SS7 motherboard (bios was missing)
I found a nice standard Radeon 8500 (not LE, not AIW, not DV, just the "normal"one)
I cut two of my fingers cleaning the dissipator. It's probably what ATI calls "cutting edge DirectX 8.1 graphics".
Yes, definitely razor sharp.
You can always do the baking fix ...its known to work ok on them 7000 series GTX cards, you could also hit the GPU core/Vram with a heat gun to reflow the BGA. For anyone that is worried .. the card is already dead you cant make it any worse by trying this.