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Alright. I've run a couple 1+ hour gaming sessions as well as 2 furmark sessions and here are my results so far. My access to what I could feel on the front of the card was extremely limited due to the stock cooler. Once I get a water block on and remove it, I could probably feel the entire front. image attached.
    
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The smaller black chips with the pins on one side and the the metal tab on the other are all mosfets. Those would definitely benefit from cooling. There is likely another pair of identical rows on the other side of the PCB, cooled by the stock cooler.

The other black chips are probably various control ICs and clock generators. If they are hot to the touch, cooling will help.

The chokes/transformers (grey) and capacitors will benefit less from cooling, and they are a bit more fragile, so I would not attempt to attach anything to them in case you have to remove it later, unless the adhesive is weak.

More airflow over the card will obviously help all-round, regardless of what other cooling methods you use.
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