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Ok so I have a couple of 9800GX2's coming in and I would like to run a tune up on them so they can run a little cooler, of the bunch that I receive I plan to volt mod the best vid card, but first things first.

I've received the first GX2 today and it looks like the memory pads are a little dried out, where can I purchase new pads? Are they specific to the card or do they have cut outs?

Is Shin Etsu a good solution for gpu's?

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I'm in the same boat as OP. Just bought a couple. Eager to see what I can do to get lower temps.
    
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Ok so I have a couple of 9800GX2's coming in and I would like to run a tune up on them so they can run a little cooler, of the bunch that I receive I plan to volt mod the best vid card, but first things first.

I've received the first GX2 today and it looks like the memory pads are a little dried out, where can I purchase new pads? Are they specific to the card or do they have cut outs?

Is Shin Etsu a good solution for gpu's?

Thanks again OCN
make sure when you buy new pads they are 1.5MM thick when i had mine i got 1MM and they were too thin. also what i did was zip tie 4 92MM fan on the PCB's 2 on 1 and 2 on the other side other than that only option is water cooling. and i did run some shin etsu on mine and temps were alright about the same as arctic silver 5 (67C idle and 98C load) your best bet is the get a high CFM side panel fan and blow it right on the card and also make sure you do not ever leave the fans on auto what i did was crank them to 100% 24/7 and temps were 75C load and idle was around 45C.

as for pads these are the ones i have on my 8800gt right now and they work very well
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make sure when you buy new pads they are 1.5MM thick when i had mine i got 1MM and they were too thin. also what i did was zip tie 4 92MM fan on the PCB's 2 on 1 and 2 on the other side other than that only option is water cooling. and i did run some shin etsu on mine and temps were alright about the same as arctic silver 5 (67C idle and 98C load) your best bet is the get a high CFM side panel fan and blow it right on the card and also make sure you do not ever leave the fans on auto what i did was crank them to 100% 24/7 and temps were 75C load and idle was around 45C.

as for pads these are the ones i have on my 8800gt right now and they work very well
Hey thanks for the info!

I'd would actually prefer to find a waterblock but there next to non existent. the ones I do find are about 225 USD, which is more than 3 of these cards lol

Any idea where to find one? Probably best bet is to make another Wanted thread
    
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Hey thanks for the info!

I'd would actually prefer to find a waterblock but there next to non existent. the ones I do find are about 225 USD, which is more than 3 of these cards lol

Any idea where to find one? Probably best bet is to make another Wanted thread
unfortunately you will probably never find one i searched for 2 months and found zip the only ones i could find are $900+

Trubritar might still have one
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unfortunately you will probably never find one i searched for 2 months and found zip the only ones i could find are $900+
yeah, I believe you too! lol I've also heard that the shroud only increases the temps

Trubritar? Have you spoken with him about it before?
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yeah, I believe you too! lol I've also heard that the shroud only increases the temps
oh yeah i forgot about the shroud take them off and burn em lol they increase the temps by a good 25C+
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Removing shroud, fresh pads and TIM does wonders.... Keep a look out for water blocks.. They are rare, but some do appear.... They do wonders for temps, especially if you tweak the voltage.

A case fan sat infront of the card blowing air across it, does wonders also.
 
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Removing shroud, fresh pads and TIM does wonders.... Keep a look out for water blocks.. They are rare, but some do appear.... They do wonders for temps, especially if you tweak the voltage.

A case fan sat infront of the card blowing air across it, does wonders also.

Well the FT03 has 2 80mm fan placements about 1.5 inches away from the gpu's.

are the Noctua 80mm fans good for moving air? I dont mind a little noise so maybe the Cooler Master R4 80mm fan? Any recommendations?
    
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