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2010/02/06 11:38:01 (permalink)
I'm about to try baking a GTX280.  Any secrets I should know before I get started??

  

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 12:46:56 (permalink)
    remove all heatisnk and covers etc, preheat oven to 385 nice and good, lay foil, elevate the card, and cook 6-10 min no longer.  heres
    a good read.

    http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1421792

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 12:48:53 (permalink)
    heymike_s

    I'm about to try baking a GTX280.  Any secrets I should know before I get started??


    Yeah, is it still under warranty? 
    You're going to need a temperature of around 220C or ~430F.
    Take off all removable items from card heat sink thermal pads etc etc.
    Set the card up on four foil balls on the corners so there is room for heat to flow around the card.
    If you're lucky enough to have a convection style oven use it.
    5 minutes ought to be enough. Turn off the oven open the door and let the card cool for 10 minutes before moving.
    Don't expect it to work.

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 12:51:44 (permalink)
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    remove all heatisnk and covers etc, preheat oven to 385 nice and good, lay foil, elevate the card, and cook 6-10 min no longer.  heres
    a good read.

    http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1421792


    385 isn't hot enough. Non-eutectic and eutectic RoHS solder doesn't melt until ~217C or ~423F
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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 12:52:19 (permalink)
    I baked my old 6800 after having a crap ton of issues. Baked at 350F... worked great afterwards. Sold it to a friend for a case of beer at game night. It's still working for him like 6 months later now. He is running it in an old media center PC in his room lol.

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 13:02:24 (permalink)
    you dont want to melt the solder, just soften it so it can reconnect the microfractures otherwise all the solder will just drip off the card.

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 13:42:38 (permalink)
    killerrig

    you dont want to melt the solder, just soften it so it can reconnect the microfractures otherwise all the solder will just drip off the card.


    Actually I did thermal profiling and characterized CTE mismatch for board mounting (among other things at Philips Semi) for a living for quite a few years so, I'm quite familiar with the process. Actual minimum reflow temps for BGA devices are closer to 235C. The solder is not going to drip off the board at the temperature I recommended and 5 minutes in a standard oven is probably not going to heat the entire card to that temperature. But hey, what do I know?

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 13:44:58 (permalink)
    @killer
       Thanks for the link.

    @heavy
      Thanks, no warranty.  TR model bought second hand.

    So far so good!
    Baked ~385 for ~ 10min. Passed OCCT 'furry doughnut' 15 min. temps topped out at 99C
    Going to try folding now (the real test)

      

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 13:56:15 (permalink)
    99c with OCCT? I dont get that hot with 2 GTX 280's that are touching each other in SLI. Was the fan at 100%?

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 14:08:52 (permalink)
    Fan was in 'AUTO', it had ramped itself up to 100% though.  Yea, I have never seen low temps like others here.  I also have never worried about it like others here.  As long as I stay under 100C while gaming ( and no lockups)I really don't care what the temps are.  I know many are really anal about temps over 80C, not me.
    I'm folding a 353 now, temps at 80C fan at 57% and the WU is 30% complete.
    I'm happy with the results so far.

      

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 14:28:59 (permalink)
    I should have tried the baking thing on my 8800 gtx before i tossed it in the trash. but i am happy with my gtx 275 now

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 14:44:45 (permalink)
    First, make sure you cannot RMA it and/or its not under warranty

    Second, some people are still willing to buy dead cards on ebay if you dont mind giving it a shot so you can get some money back.

    Third, remove all plastics i wouldn't hang the card upside down when baking unless your going to monitor it like a hawk!Plastics are a big thing you need to watch over it for some peices like the fan connector that cant be removed from melting making it very hard to reconnect your fan. Many people do this unknowningly and all saudered parts sliped out of position and off the card, good luck getting that back togeather.
    Make some spacers so the card is elevated atleast half an inch. I would bake it nice and slow maybe 350? Pre-head of course no more then 10 minutes.
     
    Lastly, just for health reasons some out of the ordinary fumes will fill the room of your kitchen. You may want to take the proper ventilation/face mask procedures.

    post edited by Mystikalrush - 2010/02/06 14:53:10

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 15:01:52 (permalink)
    100% successful run!!!
    I am so happy with the results so far.
    Time to put the FTW card back in, go back into SLI and try some gaming!

    Thanks for the support everyone!

      

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 15:34:01 (permalink)
    Grats on the sucessful bake!

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 15:46:36 (permalink)
    Im glad I found this thread....I thought it was a joke topic. Now I learned something new. It actually makes sense LOL Grats on it working out!

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 17:36:04 (permalink)
    so THATS why people bake their cards..  i always wondered.
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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 17:52:23 (permalink)
    Learned something myself.  I thought that it was the User who got baked, not the card.

    (Mind you,  the secret ingredient in User Baking is THC...)



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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 18:38:39 (permalink)
    I heard that the parts of a gfx card can release deadly fumes. vent the stove after use and keep a window open with a fan in it. or an exaust fan. be careful with little kids!
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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 18:59:39 (permalink)
    Now whenever you turn on the pc you also have the joy of fresh baked muffin smell :) just dont take a bite ;) haha.
     
    I have always wanted to try this, luckily never needed too. It seems to have decent results with people who do though. Glad it went well for you.

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 21:51:08 (permalink)
    This totally works! I had an Evga 8800 Ultra die on me back in December and like others did not register it within the 30 days of purchase. Learned my lesson on that. After removing the plastic fan housing I put it in my oven @250- 275 degrees F for around 20 minutes. After cool down and cleaning and reapplying thermal paste I tried it and seems to be working fine. Ran 3DMark06 just for a little test and no problems. As of right now it is still running strong.
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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/06 23:23:38 (permalink)
    That was a great thread that was posted. I would never have thought to bake some of these parts.  Guess you have nothing to lose if you are no longer under warrenty and it would cost too much to have it sent out and fixed.  Just somthing else to keep in you tool chest if ever needed.

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    Re:Baking a 280 2010/02/08 00:38:19 (permalink)
    I love reading posts like this, good work guys!!!


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    Re:Baking a 280 2012/01/28 17:17:32 (permalink)
    Great!!!
     
    Now every time I play I smell pizza.
     
    Thanks a lot!
     
     
    PS, it works :)

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