Hey folks, first off ill apologise for the audio pop, a filter is on its way!
One of the issue which is repeated in the comments whenever I review a used graphics card is that of reliability and to be fair, a lot of you have a point! I have been fortunate so far in most of my purchases with the majority being pretty much as new and apart from a little bit of dust, you would never know that they had ever been used by someone else.. And to be honest, out of the 4 cards I have received dead on arrival (well 3 DOA and one immediately going up in a puff of blue smoke) only one of those was used, and drawn out returns process made me wish I had bought it online on eBay or PayPal where the buyers protection is really quite brilliant.
But what if you buy something you know doesn’t work? Something unloved and hard used? Well let me introduce you to the Zotac GTX 660Ti. At least I think it's a 660Ti anyway under half a decade of dust, gunk and what smells a 40 a day habit.
Now this card has more than a few issues and immediately after throwing it in the test rig a few issues appear.
Firstly, this card was bought recently and someone has “mis-flashed” the card and corrupted the bios. Secondly, the two fans are spinning at different speeds… no, this is not a precursor to modern “variable fan” technology… one fan -the fastest one - is hitting the heatsink giving a nice tick and the other looks like it’s so constricted by gunk and hair it's actually slowing down.
So its obvious this card needs some TLC, step one will be to reflash the bios. I have fixed a badly flashed AMD HD 6970 in the past and will be using the nvidia tools which follow the same sort of process. For this ZOTAC version of the 660Ti there are 2 available bios files, one revision with higher boost clocks which the previous owner appears to have possibly tried to flash to unsuccessfully . Thankfully, with the NV Flash tool the Bios was unbricked allowing the 660Ti to at the very least boot into windows.
Running a little stress test in 3D mark firestrike highlighted the need for a total refurb, with temperatures rocketing almost instantly, the clocks throttling back and the noise from the fans being comically loud before blue screening
SO out withe the card again and time to disassemble.. But will it work..
The PC we are running the game on consists of the following:
CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 @ 3.7Ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte B85M-DS3H
Ram: 8GB DDR3
Case: Corsair 88R
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I bought recently this exact card, everything worked normal after a clean up. But I'm still having fan problems, did you open your fans to clean them, or just on the outside? I don't know If I can just open up the fan(pulling both sides), never did that.
I bought a GTX 460 off eBay for £10 knowing it was broken, took it all apart, gave everything a good couple hours of cleaning attention, put on some new thermal paste and it works great. It's actually quite a quiet card, even under full load and temperatures are great too (tops off at around 67 C on load and 45 C at idle doing nothing). Definitely not the most powerful card by todays standards but it can hold it's own in some older games and even in quite a few newer ones. Never the less a fun project to restore a graphics card and hopefully I can use it if I ever get my hands on a older PC.
Breathing new life into old cards can be a very satisfying experience as you proved in this video, well done. Great growth by the way, I remember watching one of your videos when you only had 300 subs keep it up :-)
F7GOS I have a GTX 670 that I just can't get to work I would gladly donate it to your channel for free if you want to see if you can get it to work. It runs for 10 minutes on any game then and crashes. I have replaced the thermal paste and gotten all the dust and gunk out it. Maybe you'd have better luck lol? If you're interested let me know I'll send it to you.
+Twisted Skinz Tech thanks, yeah it's probably one of my favourite things to do, often don't film it but your right, it's very satisfying being able to get something that was useless to someone playing games again!
As I understand it a GPU should have the thermal paste spread on every bit(as it was taken off) do not rely on the clamp to spread method.Don't forget under a CPU lid is a fully covered piece of silicon.
True, but with a rice sized blob your going to more than cover the GPU, if your concerned about a little over spill then the spread method might reduce that, but in terms of GPU coverage a dolop will do the job.
If the clamp cant spread out a rice sized blob of thermal paste over something the size of a GPU then its not going to be close enough to transfer heat well.
But the spreader method is certainly cleaner and there will be less for you to clean off when you next refurbish the card but in terms of thermals there's no real benefit from what I've found and I think the choice of thermal paste will have a much bigger impact than the method of application.
Ill maybe adopt the spreader method next time I record a refurb... as you have seen my rice sized blob isn't really rice shaped anyway haha 😂
+MadIIMike the lad I bought it from said he picked it up for about £45, he then bricked it and was wanting to offload it since he bought a GTX 960 anyway. He has advertised it for parts and I paid under £20 for it 😂
If it's a prototype, that usually means just an early access version of the card. As it would be the same dye(They wouldn't change the architecture or any critical component through the development process). Just ask the seller if you would like to know. That's pretty much all I could say about that. Good luck!
No got it from a friend whose friend gave it to him. It a amd 6870 gpu or 6950 or 6850. Was loaded and filled with dust so I opened and cleaned it out and looks new but no display and computer beeps saying vram corrupted. Any fix besides reflow?
Yet another great video, got myself a very well used hd5850 at the start of the year for my prebult acer w/ i5-2400 and gave it a refurb. Wish I would of used q tips for the old thermal paste/dust great tip ! was actually thinking about this card to replace the old 5850 due to its small size and low cost now. Would love to see more content like this keep it up !
Combatsmithen ended up with an r9 270x for £65 !! absolute bargain and has enabled me to bump all my graphics settings to ultra, I got a power color single fan varient and is only about 230mm in length also.
If I could afford a 1060 or even a 1050ti I would certainly be going for one but I'm on a tight budget I've spent £120 so far on everything I could probably just about get a 1050 non ti for that ! thanks for the reply though any other older cards that had a small version? power draw isn't a problem as I have a 600w psu
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