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So I popped the cooler off of my 5870 and I'm a little concerned about the condition of some of the thermal pads.

The pads look a little crusty, squished out, and some of the pads have acutally caked onto the chips.

Here are some pics, although with a crappy camera.

Thermal pad caked onto chips:


Squished thermal pad:


Another squished thermal pad, a little blurry:


So does this look how it should or should I think about replacing them or something?
Edited by Xazen - 8/9/11 at 7:04pm
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post #2 of 14
It looked exactly the same on my 4870, so I guess its normal.
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post #3 of 14
My 5870 looked nothing like that when I replaced the cooler, the pads are still squishy here :/
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post #4 of 14
You should replace them, they aren't intended to be repeatedly reusable, and yours are smashed up pretty good.

The memory ones are probably okay, but that VRM one should really be cleaned off and replaced.
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post #5 of 14
My 5870 looked just the same when I had the cooler off

It did die though when I tried to put a new cooler on. I don't know if it was related to the new cooler, or if it was the fact that I had taken the stock cooler off many times before finally installing an aftermarket cooler
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post #6 of 14
Should clean it and replaced it with 0.5mm good thermal pad. VRMs are just as important as the Core, though they can go as high as 120°C by design.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ken1649 View Post
0.5mm good thermal pad.
Kidding? This costs as much as new GPU, lol
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Sorry, my bad. I read "gold" instead of "good"
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Quote:
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Sorry, my bad. I read "gold" instead of "good"
Hahaha.

The good thermal pads can get expensive, but even a 9"x9" sheet of the best of the best 6.0W/mK stuff is less, is less than 100 bucks.
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