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  MY GPUs heatsink is staying on w/packaging tape. 
 
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Adam Kolak Jan 13, 2005, 05:00pm EST Report Abuse
The plastic cylinders that hold the heatsink against the GPU broke off. I taped it up but is it safe?

I have a Nvidia Geforce MX420 and its heatsink is taped on with Scott packaging tape. I will get a new card soon but untill then i was just wondering if its safe to run my computer with the heatsink taped on.

By the way I used the pc w/ the taped on heatsink to type this


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Suspended User Jan 13, 2005, 05:15pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MY GPUs heatsink is staying on w/packaging tape.
As long as it doesnt get REALLY hot it should be ok, just watch the temps of it, or just hold ur hand by the heatsink to check the temps. If its too high, take the card out/tape ;P

Adam Kolak Jan 13, 2005, 05:17pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MY GPUs heatsink is staying on w/packaging tape.
I am not playing games so i don't think it should get to hot, but if it does is thier any chance it could damage the motherboard or anyting

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tom riddle Jan 13, 2005, 05:24pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MY GPUs heatsink is staying on w/packaging tape.
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adam wilson Jan 13, 2005, 05:32pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MY GPUs heatsink is staying on w/packaging tape.
how about using some blutack to do the job of the plastic pins.

Just push it onto the plastic stub that the pins would normally hold on. As long as the blutack is only in contact with the HS it shouldnt pose a prob.

adam

mothow Jan 13, 2005, 05:41pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MY GPUs heatsink is staying on w/packaging tape.
It should be ok my brothers sons Dell has a MX440 i think it is and its overclocked thanks to uncle mothow and it has no fan..lol

Or how about some long thin bolts and nuts and get a couple pieces of plastic or rubber and make little washers for them so the metal touches nothingg on the card

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Gerritt Jan 13, 2005, 07:33pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MY GPUs heatsink is staying on w/packaging tape.
Water Drop,
The important thing here is thermal contact.
As long as there is EVEN contact across the surface of the GPU you shouldn't have any problems.
If you have additional thermal compound, it may be worthwhile to ensure a smooth application and that the heatsink is making contact across the entire surface of the GPU.
Using tape inside my chassis makes me shudder, but if this is the only option other than drilling holes in a multi-layer PCB, then you should be good to go.
Also, if the GPU does overheat, and it is not imbedded on the motherboard, it shouldn't cause damage to the system/motherboard as a whole, but it is possible.
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