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Hey Fellas, so I just need to know if there are any special precautions I need to take to re-apply some Shin- Etsu TIM to the heatsink. I see the 4 screws on the underside of the card, and I'm wondering if those are the only ones I need to unscrew. I'm also wondering if I"m going to need to apply TIM on any VRMS or anything when I put it all back together. I've never done a Video Card, so I'm a little hesitant. Will it void my warranty with MSI if I have to RMA later on? I'm doing this as a last ditch effort because my card hit upward of 82c when playing Crysis 3 or doing benchmarks/stresstests on stock settings. My room is 18C and I have excellent air flow through my case and all other minor possibilities have been ruled out. TIM is the final effort before going back to MSI. Any help with anything regarding the removal and re-application would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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You are going to need some thermal pads when you put the card back together. Some of the gaps are too big for TIMs.
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Hey Fellas, so I just need to know if there are any special precautions I need to take to re-apply some Shin- Etsu TIM to the heatsink. I see the 4 screws on the underside of the card, and I'm wondering if those are the only ones I need to unscrew. I'm also wondering if I"m going to need to apply TIM on any VRMS or anything when I put it all back together. I've never done a Video Card, so I'm a little hesitant. Will it void my warranty with MSI if I have to RMA later on? I'm doing this as a last ditch effort because my card hit upward of 82c when playing Crysis 3 or doing benchmarks/stresstests on stock settings. My room is 18C and I have excellent air flow through my case and all other minor possibilities have been ruled out. TIM is the final effort before going back to MSI. Any help with anything regarding the removal and re-application would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

I changed the TIM on mine, solid 7C drop. It is only the four screws on the bottom. I have no idea about the warrenty though.
Also, did you try a custom fan profile? Will it still get hot, if you run the fans at 80%?
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Actually I did create a fan profile and it helped a lot, but of course it's really loud. This card is seriously screwed up though, and it does need SOMETHING to get it right. It's only about 3 months old, but gets so damn hot that it's not even funny. Let me put it this way....There are GTX 670 cards that only have one fan, and they are getting better temperatures than mine. Out of all the cards I've ever owned, this one is the hottest....Running the fans at 80% does run my card cooler so that it only maxes out at 74C, but I believe that the card starts to throttle at 70C, and that is what I want to avoid. There is simply no point in ever overclocking my card if it's just going to throttle itself. I'm in a room that is 18C but when Summer rolls around it will be 10C hotter, and this card wont survive unless I do something. Did you have to put thermal pads on anything when you buttoned it all back up? Hey I appreciate you taking a little time to let me know...Thank you!
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I thought I read somewhere recently that msi doesn't allow tim changes anymore? Lmc
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Oh man...what gaps are you referring to? on top of the VRMs or something? Will there be pads there when I finally do remove the heatsink?
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Hmmmm...then that would mean that my only corrective recourse would be to RMA. And those bastards will probably do some generic tests and say it's perfectly fine. It originally passed quality control, so I doubt that they will see the problem on the next go round as well. I need to get a rep on the phone or something.
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You are going to need some thermal pads when you put the card back together. Some of the gaps are too big for TIMs.

No he doesent. The VRM's and RAM's are covered by a unisink, no need to remove that. All he needs is to reapply the gpu itself.
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No he doesent. The VRM's and RAM's are covered by a unisink, no need to remove that. All he needs is to reapply the gpu itself.

That's sweet news. I think I'll crack that out tomorrow, if I decide to forfeit my warranty. I've never used warranty before and if it doesn't work, then I will have to assume that something is warped and not making good contact, and onward I will go to machine the hell out it until everything is flush. What are the chances that it would be bios related?
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That's sweet news. I think I'll crack that out tomorrow, if I decide to forfeit my warranty. I've never used warranty before and if it doesn't work, then I will have to assume that something is warped and not making good contact, and onward I will go to machine the hell out it until everything is flush. What are the chances that it would be bios related?

Testing if it is BIOS related is as simple, as getting the stock BIOS from techpowerup's database.
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