Placing 88xx card in an oven. Radical much?

By Xecutor · 4 replies
Jul 28, 2009
  1. Here is a comment I found posted by some random poster on while trying to read up about GTX260 v GTX275 v GTX280. Amazing and scary. I am tempted to try this on my almost dead 8800GTS. What do you guys think?

    Here is the link:

    And for those who find it too tedious, voilà:

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    Hehehe proof of what I mentioned in another thread.
    You can get the 8800GTX working again.
    Either RMA it (if you are lucky enough to have a lifetime warranty) or...
    Preheat an oven to 390F.
    While the oven is preheating roll up some aluminum balls using aluminum paper. Grab a baking sheet and your 8800GTX. Remove the cooler off the 8800GTX and Flip the 8800GTX upside down so that the GPU is facing the baking sheet and use the aluminum balls so that the card does not make contact with the baking sheet (or the plastic will melt).
    Place the backing sheet with the aluminum balls and 8800GTX into the oven. Leave in there for 8-10mins.
    Remove the card, re-install the cooler and install the card into your computer. Voila it should now work.
    The issue is a defect in nVIDIA cards. ANY nVIDIA card 88xx or newer will eventually fail. The constant heating and cooling of the cards causes it's solder contacts to fail and crack. Most people who have noticed this issue are those with higher end models (GTX 280 is plagued with this). Placing the card in the oven will fix it (more often then not) by re-fusing the solder contacts).
    Good luck.
    See how it's done here with pictures:
    A Youtube Video of the process as well:
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  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    Ive read several articles covering that. They all agreed it helped. If your card is dying its worth a try.
  3. TBolt

    TBolt TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Wow...that's awesomely nuts. In concept, it sounds good. Executor, since you indicated your card is about to take a dump, mind being a guinea pig and testing this out for us? Of course don't do it if you can return/replace it at little to no cost.

    With my luck, my card would turn into a crispy curly lump of smoldering poo (my oven is...finicky).
  4. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

    And here I was thinking the oven was for baking/grilling food.

    Boy was I wrong
  5. Xecutor

    Xecutor TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 118


    I will give it a try actually, but it will have to be over the next few days. I have some home admin to do first... :rolleyes: fun!
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