Fan Dust

Fan Dust

© Ray Skwire

And here’s the dust scraped just off of the fans. It’s not including the dust balls that were stuck on the heatsink radiators. I added the lens cap and screwdriver for scale. Folks, this is a lot of dust and if it’s any indication of what’s left in the actual case and other parts, I have a lot of cleaning to do.

Posted by Ray Skwire on 2009-02-10 19:23:40

Tagged: , computers , graphics card , gfx card , BFG 6800GT OC 256MB , 6800GT OC , nVidia , cleaning , dust , dust bunnies , 6800GT

Chip Board Memory

Chip Board Memory

© Ray Skwire

A close-up of the mainboard. That’s the GPU in the middle and around it are the main memory modules.

Posted by Ray Skwire on 2009-02-10 19:23:36

Tagged: , computers , graphics card , gfx card , BFG 6800GT OC 256MB , 6800GT OC , nVidia , cleaning , dust , dust bunnies , 6800GT

Heatsink Dust

Heatsink Dust

© Ray Skwire

Here we see the main culprit for poor performance, heat, and if left this way, certain death – DUST!

It’s a killer, folks. Don’t let dust happen to you.

Posted by Ray Skwire on 2009-02-10 19:23:38

Tagged: , computers , graphics card , gfx card , BFG 6800GT OC 256MB , 6800GT OC , nVidia , cleaning , dust , dust bunnies , 6800GT

Parts

Parts

© Ray Skwire

So here’s the card opened up. Fan cover on the left, followed to the right by the heatpipes/heatsink/dual fan assembly, the mainboard with the nVidia 6800GT chip in the middle surrounded by the memory modules, and finally, the retaining plastic piece and tension screws.

Aside from the 6800 Ultra card, this was essentially the top of the line card at the time of purchase. The only other cards above this were the dual slot ATi and the first generation nVidia SLI cards that were just starting to be released.

This wasn’t cheap although I imagine now, what with dual SLI cards, PCI-X, and what not, this is probably the equivalent of a GeForce 5200 to this that this is to today’s cards.

Posted by Ray Skwire on 2009-02-10 19:23:33

Tagged: , computers , graphics card , gfx card , BFG 6800GT OC 256MB , 6800GT OC , nVidia , cleaning , dust , dust bunnies , 6800GT

How dirty is YOUR sensor?

How dirty is YOUR sensor?

This is a test shot taken with my 3-and-a-half year old Canon Rebel XT (EOS 350D) to determine exactly how dirty my sensor is. Lately, I’ve had to do a lot of dust removal in Lightroom or Photoshop, especially when nice blue skies have been involved. This shot is of a sky-blue desktop background on my computer monitor at ƒ/22 to bring all those dust bunnies into focus. Bringing the shot into Photoshop, I ran Auto-Levels on a duplicate of the blue layer to maximise the contrast, circled every bit of dust I could see in red, then turned the duplicate layer off (because it looks better this way).

Terrifying, right? Each of those red circles indicates a dust speck sitting on the sensor array. The two big ones seem to be smears on the lens itself. Read what I did about this sorry state of affairs on my blog. Oh, and view it large!

Posted by Cameron Booth on 2009-06-07 21:22:31

Tagged: , Canon Degital Rebel XT , Canon EOS 350D , dust , dust bunnies , filthy , sensor , cleaning DLSR sensors

Dust vs. Tinúviel, video card

Dust vs. Tinúviel, video card

Taken in my room in Dabney House (alley: Upper 7) at Caltech. I had a desktop computer named Tinúviel, after the elven maiden in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. I had to periodically clean the dust out of her case. The Southern California air and smog was not kind to her.

Posted by kitby on 2007-08-12 09:17:01

Tagged: , Dabney House , California Institute of Technology , Caltech , Pasadena , California , dust bunnies , dust , Tinúviel , computer , circuit boards , electronics

Dust vs. Tinúviel, chassis

Dust vs. Tinúviel, chassis

Taken in my room in Dabney House (alley: Upper 7) at Caltech. I had a desktop computer named Tinúviel, after the elven maiden in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. I had to periodically clean the dust out of her case. The Southern California air and smog was not kind to her.

Posted by kitby on 2007-08-12 09:17:02

Tagged: , Dabney House , California Institute of Technology , Caltech , Pasadena , California , dust bunnies , dust , Tinúviel , computer , electronics

Dust vs. Tinúviel, sound card

Dust vs. Tinúviel, sound card

Taken in my room in Dabney House (alley: Upper 7) at Caltech. I had a desktop computer named Tinúviel, after the elven maiden in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. I had to periodically clean the dust out of her case. The Southern California air and smog was not kind to her.

Posted by kitby on 2007-08-12 09:17:03

Tagged: , Dabney House , California Institute of Technology , Caltech , Pasadena , California , dust bunnies , dust , Tinúviel , computer , circuit board , electronics