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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:44 pm 

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Hello folks.

This thread is to hopefully help someone determine what method would suit their needs regarding GFC's pricing.

As for pricing used in this thread. It was current as of July 03, 2020 from Boardsort and may have changed when you read this.

With that said let's get this thread on its way!

The following is just an example and not a hard and fast rule as every GFC is different and pricing is constantly changing.

This will be following an old video card that will hopefully help scrappers decide what method would work best for them be it either as a hobby or as a fully time trade financially.

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As you can see this card doesn't weigh much so let's do the financial math shall we.

13.12oz = 0.82lb
0.82lb @ $1/lb = 82¢
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Now let's remove that pesky heat sink and see if we can increase it's value some.

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Time for the math again.

6.49oz = 0.41lb
0.41lb @ $4.25/lb = $1.75
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Now for removing the bracket and see what the cards value will be then.

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Time for more math. I know, yuck.

5.88oz = 0.37lb
0.37lb @ $4.35/lb = $1.61
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Now let's check all the numbers

#1 - GFC w/OHS = 82¢
#2 - GFC No F/HS w/B = $1.75
#3 - GFC No F/HS/B = $1.61

#1 - This option would most likely be from a small operation hand processing a large amount of E-Waste and not much time as they need to move it along.

#2 - This option is good with a little bit of time available as it more than doubles the price for this particular card.

#3 - With this particular card we actually lost value from removing the bracket. For heavier cards that is 1lb after the bracket is removed is when you'll see an increase in price.

Please keep in mind that this pricing also doesn't include selling the Dirty Aluminum Heatsink. Which for this particular card comes out to around 8¢ at the time this thread was posted. (Every penny counts)

Hope this is able to help someone in some small fashion.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled scrapping.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:52 am 

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Edge,

Thank you for the math! It's always a good idea to pop the heatsink, in general, as the math clearly verifies.
Just a note, I've disassembled many of these particular types of graphics cards and it is relatively easy to clean that aluminum up so that you're left with a clean piece of aluminum extrusion (usually).
There's usually 4 or more tiny screws holding that piece with the graphic to the rest of the heatsink, generally very tiny Philips screws. A screwdriver from an eyeglass repair kit will suffice of you don't have a professional kit. Inside you';; find a fan, also affixed with tiny Philips screws. remove that, and you're golden.
Dirty aluminum being 8-10 cents and clean extrusion being around 40 cents in my area. Like you said, every penny counts and surely adds up.
Just make sure you do a scratch test to make sure you aren't dealing with anything nicer than aluminum.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:14 pm 
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The numbers here are for aluminium.
Copper weighs more.
However copper is worth more.
So it’s still best to remove the copper heatsink as well.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:43 pm 
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fantasic job..

quite clear why i still leave brackets on unless they are a detriment to the shipment in some way..


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:23 pm 
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Yep, I've sampled a number of gfc's across the spectrum that I find, (pretty much exclusive to general use pc cards, I don't get much by way of servers) and it is always higher value bracket ON, the bracket (plus screws) weight would have to be less than 2% of original weight to change that, but in my samples I found a range of 8-35%! WiFi cards esp. Linksys are on the higher end of that range, bringing up the question if they should actually make the w/ bracket rate or the oversized heatsink rate?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:15 pm 
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Kaiser613 wrote:
Yep, I've sampled a number of gfc's across the spectrum that I find, (pretty much exclusive to general use pc cards, I don't get much by way of servers) and it is always higher value bracket ON, the bracket (plus screws) weight would have to be less than 2% of original weight to change that, but in my samples I found a range of 8-35%! WiFi cards esp. Linksys are on the higher end of that range, bringing up the question if they should actually make the w/ bracket rate or the oversized heatsink rate?

post a picture to be sure on questionable items..but when dealing with average Linksys heat shieds pop them off , then will be good for the goldfinger With bracket rate...or without ...see picture

not a linksys but same deall


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