View Poll Results: AMD stock heatsinks are hard to install?
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I hate installing AMD stock coolers.
Yes, I hate them.
I was helping out a friend in building his PC.
17" Viewsonic LCD Monitor
1GB DDR 400 RAM (2x512MB Dual Channel)
Audigy 2 ZS.
ATI Radeon X800 GTO2 PCI-Express
AMD Athlon FX 57
Logic and experience tells me that it's best to install the processor BEFORE putting the mobo in the case because it's so much easier in that way. I opened the box, took out the processor and the heatsink + fan... cool, a new processor, so sleek and sexy! There are some thermal grease already applied under the heatsink... cool!
But then came the nightmare. As I inserted the processor into the ZIF (zero-insertion-force) socket 939, I noticed that the heatsink's design was something I never saw before. See, I'm used to installing stock Intel heatsinks, Zalman, Thermaltake, Cooler Master, you name it. As I struggled to clip that heatsink in place, my fingers started to hurt. DAMN! That hurt like a bitch! I didn't want to use my plan to push the heatsink into place because that could crush the die and kill the processor. So after all that struggling, I finally managed to install the heatsink, but my fingers were all red and smooth, kinda like the bum of a baby.
I hate heatsinks with a passion. All heatsinks. Never found anyone's to be easier to install than the others, but that is just me.
On a side note. I HATE HEAT-DOPE TOO!!!
thanks to Silverwmoon!
Try the Z series by Zalman. They are easier than most heatsinks.
to put a heatsink on, you just need a bigger screwdriver
speaking of.. i need to install a new one on mine.. *curses computer*
X800GTO2 with a FX-57? WTF?
^it can be modded to be a full pledge X850XT card though.
WTF? Who told you can? Because you can't. The two cards use two completely different cores, the R430 and the R480. The only card that can be modded is the Sapphire X800 GTO2, which uses a R480 for some strange reason, though it has only 12 pipelines. The mod is used to unlock the remaining 4.
Bottom Line: You Can't mod a X800 unless you go out and buy a X800GTO2. Even then, it won't perform as well.