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I just got my VGA silencer and installed it with the shim on...

..my best OC with the stock cooler was 351 / 321.... with the VGA silencer i got 366 / 342..I was amased that the memory got so high... i didnt even think about Oc-ing the memory couse the Silencer doesnt even cool it.. :blink:...

 

anyway i think i could get a better core OC if i take of the shim... couse the core aint makin` the best contact with the cooler...

 

..i tried to take it off but it aint going...

 

..Should i take it off and how???

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You can try taking a Qtip, dip it in alcohol, and rub the outside and inside of the shim to try and clean off anything that might be holding it there. You could also try and wait for the card to cool down and try to take it off then (metal expands when hot, so it could have stuck to something when it did).

 

BTW, you might want to try RAMsinks for your memory. Without proper cooling, albeit even passive, you could damage your RAM chips in the long run. Get some of those Tweakmonster RAMsinks. They look nice and allow for some nice OCs. I got a good 40 to 50 MHz OC on my 9800 with those things and a VGA Silencer.

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i don't know that the shim is removable, if it's the same as teh 9800 pro. you could try to take it off it, but be very careful and don't force it too much.

 

you might be able to fit some low profile ramsinks on your memory to cool it better. I had enough room on my 9800 pro, but just barely. see

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i took the shim off my 9800pro... used a "stanley" knife to get under the shim and kinda flicked it off... not sure how much it helped because i did a volt-mod at the same time...

 

before: 392 / 383 (gpu / ram, even with a lower ram oc, the gpu wouldn't go higher)

 

after: 421 / 375

 

i guess there's a possibility of crushing the core... i didn't... maybe you would?

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Crushing core is always the way you handle it, if you take your time and put a little care it wont happend.

it's not any harder than a cpu and most of us dont have shims and dont damage cores :)

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