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Vester

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The power is back on. The power company rep said, "A tree fell on the line." That was really convenient because they were able to run a new service to a home under construction nearby.
 

Vester

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I run AMD Radeon HD 7990 video cards. Only one of 5 was new when purchased. I found various problems with all four of the used cards which would explain why I got them so cheap, $125 to $200 each. I reseated the heatsinks, two per card, on all five video cards.

The worst case was a Diamond card that someone had worked on and broken one of the four wires on a fan connector. The fans all ran, but there was no speed control for two fans of 3 and the card would overheat. I repaired the broken wire, but ordered a new replacement fan assembly on eBay for about $20. The affected GPU's heatsink was badly crowned and black from overheating. Lapping with 320 grit, 800 grit, and 1500 grit wet or dry sandpaper restored the heatsink.

It pays to remove the backplates, too. I have found dried or missing thermal pads. Most all video cards use 1.0 mm thick thermal pads for the memory. The Nvidia 1080Ti is one notable exception that uses 0.75 mm thick pads, so check the specs before you try this at home. DuckDuckGo is my friend.

Buying used components can save money, but one has to be willing to take chances and do some work. I even disassembled the new video card and reseated the GPUs after testing it and finding that it ran hotter than some of the other cards.
 
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Vester

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I have requested a trade-in for my OCZ ZX 1000W power supply from PC Power & Cooling. I am now running just two video cards of 5 on the mining rig. My order for a used 1000W power supply (to run the 5th video card) has been delayed by the weather. I plan to get the Turbo Master 1350W power supply. With the trade-in, it will cost $225. If I am lucky, the trade-in unit could be under warranty.

One of the beta testers, who is more knowledgeable about computers than me (has more test equipment), showed graphs of the WCG Beta work units causing voltage spikes and said the spiking loads could lead to power supply failures. I think my unit has been going bad for several weeks. When it made sizzling noises, the computer would lockup.
 

BeauZaux

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I have requested a trade-in for my OCZ ZX 1000W power supply from PC Power & Cooling. I am now running just two video cards of 5 on the mining rig. My order for a used 1000W power supply (to run the 5th video card) has been delayed by the weather. I plan to get the Turbo Master 1350W power supply. With the trade-in, it will cost $225. If I am lucky, the trade-in unit could be under warranty.

One of the beta testers, who is more knowledgeable about computers than me (has more test equipment), showed graphs of the WCG Beta work units causing voltage spikes and said the spiking loads could lead to power supply failures. I think my unit has been going bad for several weeks. When it made sizzling noises, the computer would lockup.
Sizzling is never good...unless it's bacon cooking. ;)
 

Vester

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I should name one of my computers "Lake Woebegone." The second CPU arrived today and it is in service in the server...by itself. It turns out that the original processor was an Intel E5-2420, not an E5-2420 v2. That is OK because I quickly ordered another v2 processor. A computer will not run two mismatched processors speeds.

I have not had a response from PC Power & Cooling about my trade-in. The mining rig is still running just two video cards.
 

Vester

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The mining rig is running all 8 GPUs on Milkyway@home while waiting for more WCG Beta work. My "like new" but used 1000W power supply is handling two Radeon HD 7990s.

One of the five Radeon HD 7990s appears to be for "parts only" after the rig ran 172 WCG Beta work units. The associated power supply is history, too. I suppose it is another chicken and egg story. Did the power supply take out the video card or vice versa?

I've been hauling away the crepe myrtle limbs that I cut yesterday and last Saturday. It is 74 F at our house today. I wanted a warm day, but it feels like June after being 26 F one morning last week with recent highs in the mid 50s.
 
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