Topic Title: Cleaning my 6990
Topic Summary: How to remove the shroud
Created On: 01/04/2013 10:23 AM
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 01/04/2013 10:23 AM
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Hi all,

I'd like to clean my 6990. Most graphics cards have a way of removing the top cover or shroud of the card, either by screws or clips, so you can clean the fan and heatsink without completely removing the cooler.

I'm trying to find a way to do this with my 6990 but I can't seem to get the shroud off. The only way I've seen it done via videos is removing the backplate and then seperating the entire cooler from the pcb. Does anybody know whether or not there's a way to just remove the shroud?


Thanks in advance

 01/04/2013 11:37 AM
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I've water blocked quite a few graphics cards over the years, both AMD/ATi and NVidia and I have yet to find a reference card that allows you to do what you are requesting.  Now, there are some companies, like Galaxy, that sell cards with easy to clean filters. 

If you are going to clean your heatsink typically it is a good idea to take it all apart and replace the TIM and thermal pads as well, it is not hard to do at all.  Just make sure that you wear some gloves to keep your finger prints off stuff and take your time!!!  Just remember one thing with it....."Slow and stead wins the race"....always the case when working with expensive computer stuff. 

BTW, if you do decide to replace the TIM and thermal pads....Koolance sells thermal pads pretty cheap and are of good quality (you can buy it directly from them) and currently the link below is what I am using and everyone loves, to include myself....works exceptionally well!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835426020



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 01/04/2013 01:23 PM
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Ditto.  I've never seen a single graphics card which allows removing the shroud separately from anything else.

 

 01/05/2013 02:00 AM
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The 6950/70 have 8 clips that connect the shroud to the baseplate. The 7950/70 and all Nvidia cards since Fermi have screws that connect the two. I have personally removed the shrouds from a 6970 and a 7970 so it is possible. The problem is I can't see a way to do this for the 6990 which seems like very poor design.

Especially considering AMD says not to remove the cooler because of the special phase change TIM they use. Makes 0 sense they would design it so you'd have to pull the entire thing apart to get at the heatsink/fan.

 01/05/2013 02:49 PM
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Originally posted by: Thanny Ditto.  I've never seen a single graphics card which allows removing the shroud separately from anything else.

 

 

With my 5850's I can, the fan and shroud come off separately from the heatsink wich is nice



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 01/05/2013 04:12 PM
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Much of it depends on if it is a pure reference design or custom. I know my 5970's shroud is separate, I've had it apart twice to clean it (amazing how perfect a mirror a GPU makes) and put on new TIM (AS5).

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