Resurrected a 8500GT w/ oven

Discussion in '3D Hardware, Software & Output Devices' started by swaaye, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. swaaye

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    Yay, bumpgate sufferer returned to life with a little oven magic. It didn't even POST before and now it's playing games again! :D Saved from the recycle bin.

    Im suspicious of the capacitors but it does seem to be working perfectly. Stress tested and all. But I went way past the thermal specs on those caps. We shall see how long it lives.
     
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    Depending on the quality of oven you might get even a year out of it :grin:.
    If it dies again and you have sentiment to this card you can always find friendly local electronic repair shop with equipment for reballing and ask them nicely to resolder this chip properly. I know people are doing it for £10-20 in Poland and £50-80 in UK. That still is a lot of money for old 8500GT to be put right ... :cry:
     
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    lol yeah 8500GT isn't exactly exciting. It's useful for motherboards without video, just as something to run Windows.
     
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    Well one thing nice about this card is that it apparently can handle full 1080p H.264 Flash hardware acceleration. Been playing with it a bit. That makes it superior for video playback to any AMD card before the 4000 series. There's also the benefit of not sharing system bandwidth like all IGPs do so the system isn't impacted by it.
     
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    If you're watching HD video though, how much need do you really have of system bandwidth...? :)
     
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    Well I mean in general. IGPs always suck a little life out of a system because they use system memory bandwidth. Not that it's very noticeable with the latest stuff...
     
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    Thermal specs on caps are for operational volt I believe, so their rated volts drop when temp increases. :)
     
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