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post #2831 of 8603
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Originally Posted by flopticalcube View Post

You won't need them if your 560ti has a heatplate under the fan, like mine did. It acts like a heatsink to the VRMs and RAM and has thermal pads between the chips and the heatplate already. If you don't have a heatplate (just bare chips) then you will need the thermal tape and heatsinks.

What do you mean heatplate?
post #2832 of 8603
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002 View Post

What do you mean heatplate?



_IGP9521 by cravinmild, on Flickr

There are three parts to this 560ti.

1)pcb- holds all the components

2) Heatplate/heatsink- covers all or almost allt of the pcb. The heatsink is hidden mostly on this shot, its behind the large black heatplate. This particular 560ti (zotac oc edition) has a full cover heatplate with heat pads to transfer heat from pcb components to the heatplate where the fan on the heatsink blow air through to the heatplate to remove heat. The heatsink for this card is attached to the heatplate. The heatsink was then held to the pcb via a dozen or so screws. Most cards the heatsink is attached to the pcb. This card the heatsink almost acts as a full cover block, the pump overhung onto the heatplate which helped leach heat.

3)shroud- this card did not have the fan attached to the shroud, it was screwed to the heatsink itself. Kept it just the same, card ran fanless for months before I upgraded to a 580 and moved my H70 to that card.

I had no issues but honestly there is really been no one who has run the mod without some type of pcb component cooling... ... ...a fan of some sort is used to get air to the components. IMO, unless you can afford to replace the card I would not want to be the first to see how long my card will last modded without having air blowing to cool that pcb.
Edited by cravinmild - 12/27/12 at 9:50pm
post #2833 of 8603
Thanks. Most of the cards, like my Gigabyte GTX 670, have no heatplates, right?

I can't pinpoint the heatplate in the above pics.
post #2834 of 8603
its the black plate in the middle with light green thermal tape on it
post #2835 of 8603
Looking more closely in the pictures, I noticed the heatplate already.

So with heatplates you don't need VRAM heatsinks. With VRAM heatsinks though, for cards without heatplates, what is the best way to install heatsinks to individual VRAM modules? With thermal tape or thermal glue/epoxy?
post #2836 of 8603
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002 View Post

Looking more closely in the pictures, I noticed the heatplate already.
So with heatplates you don't need VRAM heatsinks. With VRAM heatsinks though, for cards without heatplates, what is the best way to install heatsinks to individual VRAM modules? With thermal tape or thermal glue/epoxy?
Well, use thermal tape, if you don't want it to be permanent.
post #2837 of 8603
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but the issue isn't really with the VRAM so much as the voltage regulators (VRMs). On the above picture, there are five on the PCB to the left underneath the thermal pads. I would use tape rather than epoxy as I have heard horror stories of people ripping chips off of boards when needing to remove heatsinks.
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post #2838 of 8603
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Originally Posted by flopticalcube View Post

Someone correct me if I'm wrong but the issue isn't really with the VRAM so much as the voltage regulators (VRMs). On the above picture, there are five on the PCB to the left underneath the thermal pads. I would use tape rather than epoxy as I have heard horror stories of people ripping chips off of boards when needing to remove heatsinks.
IMO, never use thermal epoxy, if you think you might ever need to remove the heat sinks. You are right about the VRMs being parts that need cooling the most; many cards run their ram passive without issue, but running the VRMs passive on any mid-high end cards is not going to be good.
post #2839 of 8603
Keep the pcb cool. Would be intertesing to see how much is too much....
post #2840 of 8603
But thermal tapes are very poor compared to thermal epoxy in terms of performance, right?
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