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How do I remove the heatsink on a Creative Ti4400?



 
 
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Old July 8th 03, 06:38 PM
Andrew Lee
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Default How do I remove the heatsink on a Creative Ti4400?

Cheers for that John, I've just gone and ordered the Zalman cooler. Just one
other question - how do I clean up the chip when I've removed the heatsink?
Is there anything in particular I should use?

Andy.

"John Smith" wrote in message
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I had the same thing on my Geforce 4460MX. If you look at the bottom of

the
black clip it has a little - tiny in fact - end which can be squeezed
together.

If you squeeze these together - your fingers will do it but pilers can be
safer and easier - and then push gently upwards they will suddenly fly out
with some force.

Be careful, when I say they fly out they fly out at speed and the first

time
I did this I was very glad that the clips were facing away from my face as

I
think they could cause a nasty injury to eyes and bits and pieces so be
warned. They are spring loaded.

Once you have them out it is very easy to see how they work, to pop them
back in and out but that first time it looks as if they are permanently
attached to the board.

Once the pins/clips are removed you need to carefully wriggle your fan. I
had to twist mine and ended up using quite some force to pull the fan off
the chip as it was stuck on strongly. Clean up the chip, apply some

thermal
grease and attach the Zalman cooler. Putting a Zalman VGA and Zalman 7000
CPU cooler in my PC were the best investments I have ever made.


J.

"Andrew Lee" wrote in message
...
Hi everybody,

I've just bought and fitted a Zalman Flower Cooler and 300W Silent PSU

for
my Athlon XP system. They've cut down on a fair bit of system noise, but
now, all I can hear is the whoosh of my Creative Geforce4 Ti4400 card,

and
it's already driving me nuts.

I haven't got the money for a new card (the Creative's only a year old
anyway), so what I'd like to do is get a Zalman ZM80A-HP silent heat

pipe
cooler for the card. The thing is, I can't work out how to remove the
existing Creative heatsink from the card - it's fastened onto the card

with
these two black 'pins' (for want of a better word) with not a screw in
sight. How do I remove the heatsink, assuming it is possible in the

first
place?

And once the heatsink has been removed, is the ZM80A actually compatible
with the Creative card? I'd be grateful if anyone with experience of
combining the two could give me a few pointers in the right direction.
Cheers.

Andy.






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Old July 8th 03, 06:53 PM
John Smith
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First of all, make sure you get the rigth Zalman VGA cooler for your board?
I have the '50' and it just barely fits due to the position of my
Northbridge - even then I had to fix it without the risers. They have the 80
and the 80A for your card dependent upon the transistors on the VGA card and
also things like the location of the Northbridge, Memory slots on your mobo.

I think the 80A is the better model - it fits 'upwards' rather than
'downwards' - but you should double check Zalman's site.

For cleaning the chip you can buy special cleaner from the link below. Alot
of people use nail varnish remover.

If your card is a typical Geforce it will be a black rubbery material which
will mostly just pull off. I simply scraped the gunk off with my
finger-nails and then used the tip of a fine screw-driver to finish scraping
the stuff off until it looked nice and clean. After that I simply applied a
nice dollop of thermal grease to my VGA chip and leveled it off using a thin
piece of plastic.

There are 'nutters' who will use special fluid to clean off the chip, then
they apply thermal grease and then they clean it off again, repeat that 2 or
3 times because they somehow think this does wonders for connectivity
between the chip and the heatsink. They claim doing so makes sure
microscopic indentations on the top of the chip and heatsink are filled by
the thermal paste - of course, if they are microscopic how can they tell.
They never provide any engineering proof to back up their arguments anyhow.
Personally, I think they need locking up.

Get yourself some decent thermal grease - the two TINY packets that come
with the Zalman will not be enough. The gurus recommend Artic Silver. I use
Antec's thermal grease which also contains silver because silver is better
for heat conductivity. Make sure you get the grease as the grease does not
set solid.

You can order Artic Silver from http://www.overclockers.co.uk or you can pop
into Maplins to buy the Antec stuff - it is 8.99 in Maplins and the Artic
Silver comes in a variety of prices on OCers. PC World set a copper thermal
grease for about a fiver.

J.


"Andrew Lee" wrote in message
...
Cheers for that John, I've just gone and ordered the Zalman cooler. Just

one
other question - how do I clean up the chip when I've removed the

heatsink?
Is there anything in particular I should use?

Andy.

"John Smith" wrote in message
...
I had the same thing on my Geforce 4460MX. If you look at the bottom of

the
black clip it has a little - tiny in fact - end which can be squeezed
together.

If you squeeze these together - your fingers will do it but pilers can

be
safer and easier - and then push gently upwards they will suddenly fly

out
with some force.

Be careful, when I say they fly out they fly out at speed and the first

time
I did this I was very glad that the clips were facing away from my face

as
I
think they could cause a nasty injury to eyes and bits and pieces so be
warned. They are spring loaded.

Once you have them out it is very easy to see how they work, to pop them
back in and out but that first time it looks as if they are permanently
attached to the board.

Once the pins/clips are removed you need to carefully wriggle your fan.

I
had to twist mine and ended up using quite some force to pull the fan

off
the chip as it was stuck on strongly. Clean up the chip, apply some

thermal
grease and attach the Zalman cooler. Putting a Zalman VGA and Zalman

7000
CPU cooler in my PC were the best investments I have ever made.


J.

"Andrew Lee" wrote in message
...
Hi everybody,

I've just bought and fitted a Zalman Flower Cooler and 300W Silent PSU


for
my Athlon XP system. They've cut down on a fair bit of system noise,

but
now, all I can hear is the whoosh of my Creative Geforce4 Ti4400 card,

and
it's already driving me nuts.

I haven't got the money for a new card (the Creative's only a year old
anyway), so what I'd like to do is get a Zalman ZM80A-HP silent heat

pipe
cooler for the card. The thing is, I can't work out how to remove the
existing Creative heatsink from the card - it's fastened onto the card

with
these two black 'pins' (for want of a better word) with not a screw in
sight. How do I remove the heatsink, assuming it is possible in the

first
place?

And once the heatsink has been removed, is the ZM80A actually

compatible
with the Creative card? I'd be grateful if anyone with experience of
combining the two could give me a few pointers in the right direction.
Cheers.

Andy.








 




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