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Quick question. I'm still fairly new to water cooling so be kind. I am installing a water block on a 980Ti and I put thermal paste on the chips around the die to put the pads on. I put a little too much so I tried to clean it off to start over. Well it doesn't come off clean. Have I made a mistake?


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No, it's fine.

Just make sure no thermal compound gets on the PCB or use a non-conductive thermal compound.

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What kind of paste did you use?

What did you use to clean it with? I tend to use coffee filters and my wife's acetone. Works like a charm.

I really don't think you're in trouble if you used a non-metal based paste.

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A little residual paste isn't going to cause you any problems as long as it's non-conductive, which that paste looks like it is.

If it really bothers you that much you should be able to clean it off with rubbing alcohol and a lint-free cloth.
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That's what weird is that it wouldn't come off completely. I tried with several qtips and it just kind of smeared around. I haven't seen that before so I got a little concerned.

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Most likely something to do with the texture of the memory chips themselves. Unless you doused the entire card in isopropyl or something like that in order to try to clean them up, it looks much worse than it is.
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Thermal pads should not require paste anyway.

You did no harm to the chips that is just a plastic cover after all.

As said above the roughness of the memory is why the paste is not coming off(may be able to use a soft toothbrush and alcohol, but I do not think you should have to.).

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I reread the instructions and it clearly points out which are the VRMs and which are the memory ICs. It doesn't come off.. or at least not with a qtips and alcohol. It is a rough surface and I agree it's the texture. I'm going to leave it the way it is, but I just wanted to make sure I didn't ruin the card. BTW I didn't douse the PCB... tongue.gif

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