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December 09, 2011, 05:04:34 PM
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hehehe

Well if your worried about wasting your time this is definitely not the project for you, I would say that there is a 2% chance it can be repaired


but you never know until you try Smiley
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December 09, 2011, 05:14:13 PM
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I'm (obviously) no electronics engineer, but from the way the cards behaved, especially when I could still use them with 2D but not 3D I would say the VRMs are almost certainly to blame. Of course, I don't really have a good way of asserting that.

Is that something I can fix "at home"? I have access to top of the line soldering stations, all the test equipment I can handle, and all the other gizmos at a friend's factory, but I don't want to waste their time unless there's a chance it can actually work, and I surely can't use any of it without proper guidance.

You could take it apart and check for visual damage. If a VRM has blown, I suspect youd see that. Whether that is reparable or not, I would imagine there is a fair chance the PCB is damaged too but not sure. I also suspect you'll have a hard time finding replacement components, but it doesnt hurt looking.

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December 09, 2011, 05:36:34 PM
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There is no obvious damage to the cards, that much I know. I assume that, unless there's a very obvious component to replace I'll be better off just selling the cards to someone that will make good use of the working core, but since you guys obviously know better if there is something else I should look for, some component I can pop off and test somehow, I'd be happy to try.
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December 10, 2011, 08:46:26 PM
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Ok, I'm really sorry but I'll have to change my offer. I have:

- 2x 5970 with a single core working (each pumping ~370MHs @ 820/300, fan 80% keeps temps at ~55ºC)
- 1x 5970 dead. It passes POST and is detected by the driver, but then the driver crashes at the first --odgc. I have it as just the board, the cooler is now detached (I wanted to do another visual inspection). Can be shipped fairly cheap like this, as most of the weight comes from the cooler, but I can also send the cooler (though detached, not wasting any more thermal paste on this one). As an added note, I used the screws from this one on another board, as I seem to have lost my big'ol bag'o'screws. I will find it, but I may not have time to search for it for some time.

The other 2x 5970 that were supposed to be cripple have found a new breath of life. I opened them to re-apply thermal paste in preparation for the buyer and when I tested them they were working again. I thought it would be a passing thing but they both endured a good 10 hours mining @ 820 without any incidents. They might still be crippled, I'm certainly not confident on their health, but they are working well atm. If anyone wants to make an offer on these I'll consider it, but 5970s are the most power efficient GPUs I have tested, so these are the ones I want to keep.

If I do end up keeping the 5970s, I might have 3x 5870 working perfectly (*) for sale instead... I need to juggle the power requirements as explained before, so the less efficient must go.

(*) - 1xSaphire, 1xATI, 1xXFX - the ATI has a wonky fan, it makes an awful sound at low RPM and seems to stop and start regularly, but when at 80% is works great, which is where I keep it anyway. I have one potentially dead XFX that could donate the cooler after I do a good check on it.

PS: Of course there's a chance that either or both of the recovered 5970s go south again, in which case I'll just go back to the original offer. Since I will not be shipping anything before Monday anyway, I thought I'd just come forward with this new information and I'll update the thread as needed if things change.
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December 10, 2011, 09:20:48 PM
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does this mean i need to make a new offer? since ur only ofeering 3 instead of the 5

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December 10, 2011, 09:57:15 PM
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You don't have to, but I would surely appreciate it Smiley

But the original sell offer for the 4 (plus the dead one) is no longer in effect, so I guess the short answer is; yes.

Probably tomorrow I'll make my mind regarding the 5870's, just in case you are interested on these as well.
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December 10, 2011, 10:08:43 PM
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well ill do like 225 for the 3 5970 but i would like the coolers sent as well and i think i would do all the cards if you decide to sell the 5870 for 475 or my orginal offer for the 5 5970 for 400

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December 11, 2011, 12:20:12 AM
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well ill do like 225 for the 3 5970 but i would like the coolers sent as well and i think i would do all the cards if you decide to sell the 5870 for 475 or my orginal offer for the 5 5970 for 400

5970s: I'll pay ~$105 for shipping, which leaves $120. That's $60 per card and you get the dead one as bonus. Just stating this here in case someone else wants to make an offer and wants to know the item price minus shipping.

for all cards: so I'd be paying an extra $50 for the 5870s to be shipped along with the 5970s, which means that 475 - 225 - 50 = 200, or $67 per card. That is not all that interesting to me, to be honest. For reference, I take 1300MHs+ from these cards.
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December 11, 2011, 12:27:58 AM
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ill pay the extra 50 for shipping are you sure its that much for shipping my address is citcy and zip are southampton nj 08088 if that gives you a better refernec to go buy

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December 11, 2011, 10:50:14 AM
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ill pay the extra 50 for shipping are you sure its that much for shipping my address is citcy and zip are southampton nj 08088 if that gives you a better refernec to go buy

Well, I'm pretty sure I can get a much better deal on the 5870s.

As for the shipping, remember this is being sent from Europe, not the US. I might be able to get a cheaper price, as the ones I'm quoting are from the local mail agency, but for these weights it gets really expensive to send to another continent. That's one of the reasons I was trying to push this to someone in Europe, as with the same price I can get a fairly larger profit, with less going onto shipping.
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December 11, 2011, 10:56:16 AM
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Nelisky, where in europe are you from? I might be interested in a 5870.

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December 11, 2011, 12:18:16 PM
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well that is why i was giving  you better shipping info so you might be able to see if you could get the shipping down i mean if worse comes to worse ill split the shipping with you but i would like to see if there are any other pice besides just the one
plz get back to me soon im willing to make a little better offer but id like to see a little better shipping price

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December 11, 2011, 05:14:18 PM
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well that is why i was giving  you better shipping info so you might be able to see if you could get the shipping down i mean if worse comes to worse ill split the shipping with you but i would like to see if there are any other pice besides just the one
plz get back to me soon im willing to make a little better offer but id like to see a little better shipping price

Besides just the one what?

I would also like to see a better price, and I have a few alternatives for shipping to Europe. But US bound it seems that I can't really find anything cheaper for the weight. Also, it really doesn't matter where in the US I'm shipping to, it's always the same for me.

If you can find a better deal, maybe you can request a collection at my house from some delivery company? I know that is possible for companies with accounts with DHL and UPS, but I 'm not all too sure that's possible for private individuals.
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December 11, 2011, 05:55:17 PM
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I meant the o e shipping price I guess I'd be will g to do 525 where In Europe you live so I can try and get prices also the weight plz

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December 11, 2011, 07:59:19 PM
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I meant the o e shipping price I guess I'd be will g to do 525 where In Europe you live so I can try and get prices also the weight plz

Location sent as PM. Weight, each card is just over 1.2Kg, plus around 600g of original box (which I can do without when shipping multiple cards, pack them light, but the risk of damage in transit will be higher). Expect 1.8~1.9Kg per shipped card.

The 5870s are around 300g lighter. 1Kg ~ 2.205 pounds
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December 11, 2011, 08:10:54 PM
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so thats about 15 pounds right?

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December 11, 2011, 09:26:32 PM
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i cant find any shippers out of where you live it keep only let me send packages and it for around what you quted so i guess thats the best there is would it be cheaper if you sent smaller packages??

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December 12, 2011, 02:47:17 AM
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well its a few hours till monday plz keep me in the loop on whats going on

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December 12, 2011, 11:44:02 AM
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I didn't say I'd ship first thing on Monday, I said I wouldn't do it over the weekend for sure.

I will not sell you the 5870s for the price you offered, so lets take that out of the equation. Your current offer is $225 for the 2x5970s plus the dead one, shipped, correct?
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December 12, 2011, 12:03:31 PM
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BA that's if you takeout the others ill do 625 for everything that's a out all I can do

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