Originally Posted by RussianC
Wait, the factory sent you a card with no pads but with TIM? Never seen or heard that. If you do the same step as what they did I don't think you will have a issue.
Maybe post a pic of what you meant here.
i didn't take photos
i was in a hurry
it's a normal reference 7970 blower style i think it's made by amd directly i bought it used
when i opened it i found that they are using TIM on both the GPU die and the Ram Chips, thermal pads were on the VRMs only
there was just a bit of TIM on the middle of each ram chip not even covering the whole surface area of the ram chip there were no thermal pads what so ever
what i did was cleaned the old TIM from GPU die and the Ram chips and put MX-4
i've put the same amount of MX-4 that i've put on the GPU die on each of the ram chips ( Ram chips are smaller than the die) to make sure the the TIM will fill in the "space" and transfer the heat from the chips to the heat sinkEdited by invincible20xx - 3/31/13 at 2:13am