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Hardware Taking apart the ATI Radeon HD 5970

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 28 Nov 2009.

  1. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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  2. Zero_UK

    Zero_UK New Member

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    You know, It seems like you dont really know what to do with the card if your taking it apart... you can always just give it to me >.>

    lol :p cool. Wonder why ATI added so much waste length onto it.
     
  3. MaverickWill

    MaverickWill Dirty CPC Mackem

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    For the same reason I'd glue 3 inches of Play-doh on to the end of my penis. Without detailed looks, it's huge-mongous! Up close and personal, just for show...

    xx
     
  4. bogie170

    bogie170 New Member

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    How much longer is this than a HD4870X2?
     
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    Guest-16 Guest

    A-HAHAHA!

    :clap:
     
  6. M7ck

    M7ck Ⓜod Ⓜaster

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    :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:

    +Rep
     
  7. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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    Ditto. Might want some soap with that.
     
  8. barrkel

    barrkel New Member

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    Does the heatsink + cooler need to come off the PCB + chips in order to expose the heatsink top and fan top itself?

    It's important to be able to get at the fan and heatsink internals for declogging cards as they age - they get filled up with dust over time and can overheat. I was able to greatly improve the performance of my 8800GTX recently by cleaning it out.

    The job is made much easier if you can simply take off the plastic shroud and get at the fan + heatsink directly, rather than having to muck about with fan attachment cables, heatsink paste, etc.
     
  9. Phil Rhodes

    Phil Rhodes Hypernobber

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    Would it be curmudgeonly of me to ask what the point of this is?

    It's a PCB with some memory, a couple of big ASICs plus a bit of glue logic and miscellaneous power supply components.

    What did you expect to see?
     
  10. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    The joy of ripping apart $700 worth of hardware?
     
  11. Guest-16

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    Screws - Backside plate - PCB from whole heatsink assembly - more screws - plastic shroud from aluminium plate/copper vapour chamber. You cannot remove the plastic without removing it from the PCB first, there are tiny screws underneath holding it all together.
     
  12. KayinBlack

    KayinBlack Currently Rebuilding

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    Telling us volt modders where to jam wires and VRs.
     
  13. D-Cyph3r

    D-Cyph3r Gay for Yunosuke

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    I'm still amazed at the power consumption and thermal performance of these things.
     
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    SNIPERMikeUK New Member

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    Taking this apart brought a tear to the Indians Eye...lol
     
  15. GravitySmacked

    GravitySmacked Mostly Harmless

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    Nice article.
     
  16. rickysio

    rickysio N900 | HJE900

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    Guess I'm not the only guy who really likes to tear down every piece of hardware he owns.

    My handphone had been torn down thrice in an hour when I had nothing to do during a lesson.
     
  17. SchizoFrog

    SchizoFrog New Member

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    I think you missed a real oppurtunity here. With the ever increasing temps of GPUs it would be a good experiment to use this tear down as a chance to remove the thermal compound and replace it with a ultra thin layer of high quality compound as you would with a CPU and then see what temps you get.
     
  18. IanW

    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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    It's probably a loaner, so has to go back in the same state they got it.
     
  19. Elton

    Elton Officially a Whisky Nerd

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    I'd love to see someone make a mod for this + a HAF932's side fan..Basically a giant shroud, and using the side fan as an exhaust(or intake if you plan on using the orignal fan too).

    Or not, but this is still nowhere near the 9800GX2 or GTX295's in terms of difficulty and awesomness when you take it apart, those things had 2 boards in one shroud!!
     
  20. Yoy0YO

    Yoy0YO Lurky Lurker

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    hmm, and here i was expecting to see 3 fans as shown in the previously leaked images where each gpu had its own fan + the end fan.
    Who else kinda/not really/was really surprised to not see 3 fans?
     
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