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is it safe to use tim (mx-4) on a 7970 memory chips instead of "thermal pads" because they are not available where i live

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is it safe to do this ? it's a reference 7970

i don't think those white sticky thermal pads are available here

Edit : factory was using TIM and NOT thermal pads on my unit !
Edited by invincible20xx - 3/31/13 at 2:14am
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It's a spacing issue. The thickness of the pads is what it needs. It doesn't get hot enough to need much more (under normal circumstances). Just distance.
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post #4 of 38
Get a sheet of copper or aluminium and cut out memory sized pieces. Put TIM on either side and you've solved the spacing issue. It's a bit more overclockable too. Just make sure the sheet is thick enough.

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It's a spacing issue. The thickness of the pads is what it needs. It doesn't get hot enough to need much more (under normal circumstances). Just distance.

yes i understand but the factory was using TIM on the memory chips on my reference board, i made sure to put a good ammount of TIM on each memory chip to account for the spacing
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if there is anymore input or someone who has personally done this before ?
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I dont think so, the reason why paste is used is to fill in the small microscopic (rough edges) that are on the surface of the IHS and the block, so there is maximal heat transfer... but in the case of IC chips itself, there are thermal pads that even have better w/mk value (Fujipoly Extreme - or Ultra) pads that are better for that kind of use.

Are you not able to order from frozencpu to your area? I dont think this would work as effectively as a pad, or thermal tape to be honest... have you tried Sekisui thermal tape from an ebay seller?
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I dont think so, the reason why paste is used is to fill in the small microscopic (rough edges) that are on the surface of the IHS and the block, so there is maximal heat transfer... but in the case of IC chips itself, there are thermal pads that even have better w/mk value (Fujipoly Extreme - or Ultra) pads that are better for that kind of use.

Are you not able to order from frozencpu to your area? I dont think this would work as effectively as a pad, or thermal tape to be honest... have you tried Sekisui thermal tape from an ebay seller?

but the factory was actually using tim on the ram chips on my unit !

how can it be so bad...
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post #9 of 38
I would never. It's like asking for it to die on you. I put a block on mine and I had the idea cross my mind. Thank God I didn't go for it. I would go get the best pads you can and make it ship fast. I even tried reusing very old pads because I really just wanted it to work. Still didn't go with it.
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If they used TIM from the factory then yes, you can use a different TIM. But what card came from the factory with TIM on the VRAM?!
 
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