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The only alarming thing I've heard so far is that if any of the TIM touches an electrical component on your graphics card, it gets fried.
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Only real caution you need to take is to avoid anything aluminum from coming in contact with it. Also, be careful for the reason you already stated. It's highly electrically conductive TIM.
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Originally Posted by rockgod213 View Post

Only real caution you need to take is to avoid anything aluminum from coming in contact with it. Also, be careful for the reason you already stated. It's highly electrically conductive TIM.

Wait my TFIII cooler should work fine with this right? I don't think the base of the cooler is aluminum. . .
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I don't think he's referring to the aluminium in the cooler and if he is, I can't think of any metallurgical reason for that. You'll be fine. just be careful where it goes... you could mask off the areas around the chip so that if you've put on too much when you tighten it up it spreads onto the mask not the card.
 
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Oh yea and one last question, should I put the TIM on my GPU die, the diamond on the cooler, or both?
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It would appear I was talking our my arse when said don't worry about aluminium!

The instructions for the liquid metal ultra are here: http://www.coollaboratory.com/pdf/manual_liquid_ultra_englisch.pdf

First page, in bold red:

"Warning: Please note that you can’t use the Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra with a contact area of aluminum, as it corrodes aluminum. The heatspreader of actual processors consists of nickel-plated copper, not of aluminum. Advice: The application on copper surfaces is a bit easier than on nickelplated ones, but possible is both."

I think most coolers would be nickel plated for corrosion protection but, I can't seem to find any info on TFIII, probably worth emailing the company to check before you potentially waste your time, effort and money! Certainly an aftermarket cooler should be plated... stock may not be.

Again, from the first page of the manual.

"Add a small drop of Liquid Ultra to your coolers centre. [ ... ] You can apply the Liquid Ultra on one or both surfaces"
 
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post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by pharcycle View Post

I don't think he's referring to the aluminium in the cooler and if he is, I can't think of any metallurgical reason for that. You'll be fine. just be careful where it goes... you could mask off the areas around the chip so that if you've put on too much when you tighten it up it spreads onto the mask not the card.

Sorry, but what do you mean by "mask?"
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I put Liquid Ultra on my 7970.

I took the heatsink off and cleaned the DIE with the alcohol cloth in the Pack. Then i spread the Liquid Ultra just like in the YouTube Video where it is being spread out on the AMD CPU Heatspreader with the little brush provided. Try to be as careful as possible. I took my time and spread it out to the edge of the GPU DIE.

I then cleaned the diamond on the Heatsink with the Alcohol cloth too. Once dry, I put the Heatsink upside down on a flat surface. Make sure the Heatsink cannot slide. Pick up your graphics card, turn it upside down and lower it down on to the Heatsink. You can line it up by looking through the holes for the screws. You should see the screw holes of the Heatsink clearly.

Carefully place the card on the Heatsink and put in a couple of screws directly at the side of the GPU. Tighted these. Then do the rest.

If you do it this way. Then keep the card upside down until you put it back in your case (leave the case stood upright) it is fairly fool proof as there is no way the Liquid Ultra can Run on to the resistors at the side of the DIE as it cannot run upwards cos of gravity. Blast the card with a few burn-in cycles and the Liquid Ultra with harden and no longer be runny. So in the future you are safe to hold the card any way. thumb.gif
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That sounds like a really good idea keeping everything upside down. Thanks for the tip!

Repped
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masking tape! thumb.gif

simply to cover some of the components next to the GPU so if the liquid metal is squashed out beyond the chip area, it can't short anything out. It's non-conductive and you could just peel it off afterwards. You could note how much you put on (e.g. photograph it) tighten up the screws, release and inspect.

upside down is a good idea though... probably easier than masking off areas of your board
 
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