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So about that steel mousepad of yours... what does it feel like? I've thought about getting an aluminum one but I have no idea if they feel rough or smooth. Nice mod though, I've been debating if I should do this to my 7950.
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So about that steel mousepad of yours... what does it feel like? I've thought about getting an aluminum one but I have no idea if they feel rough or smooth. Nice mod though, I've been debating if I should do this to my 7950.

Feels like heaven laughingsmiley.gif. I game @ 1800DPI in mostly twitch games like UT, Borderlands, and L4D so I'm definitely not low sens but not a crazy high RTS gamer either. I like as little friction as possible, and keep the weight tray out of my mouse so its nice and light as well.

It's brushed 304 stainless with a thin dense neoprene backing, and the mouse has teflon feet. After over a year of use you can barely see the mouse track marks as just slightly shinier spots in the normal movement range. Being much stronger then aluminum there is not a single scratch. My Steelseries aluminum pad that was over 60 bucks got polished smooth, started leaving marks all over my hand, and had an texture difference after like 3 months.

Only downside is that if it gets even a little dirty you can notice it right away, and it wears out feet faster.

The raw steel:

Trimmed:

Finished(Was taking a pic of the jewelers style hammer I used to tap the razor when I delided my 3770k):
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Feels like heaven laughingsmiley.gif. I game @ 1800DPI in mostly twitch games like UT, Borderlands, and L4D so I'm definitely not low sens but not a crazy high RTS gamer either. I like as little friction as possible, and keep the weight tray out of my mouse so its nice and light as well.

It's brushed 304 stainless with a thin dense neoprene backing, and the mouse has teflon feet. After over a year of use you can barely see the mouse track marks as just slightly shinier spots in the normal movement range. Being much stronger then aluminum there is not a single scratch. My Steelseries aluminum pad that was over 60 bucks got polished smooth, started leaving marks all over my hand, and had an texture difference after like 3 months.

Only downside is that if it gets even a little dirty you can notice it right away, and it wears out feet faster. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The raw steel:

Trimmed:

Finished(Was taking a pic of the jewelers style hammer I used to tap the razor when I delided my 3770k):
Very nice, I've been using a Razer Destructor which is a hard mat with some friction for the past few years, but I've been wanting to switch to something smoother. I was looking at Geareds pad which is only $30, I don't have the tools to make my own or I would probably try my hand at that.

I don't like what you said about the Steelseries aluminum pad though, one of the reasons I was looking into metal mouse pads is because I figured it would be a tank and last forever. I think I'll yolo and get the Geared one though, hopefully it won't mirror the Steelseries' durability rolleyes.gif. I looked into all of this a few months ago and forgot about it after I decided to buy something else, but you've reminded me now. Do the edges ever dig into your wrist? I feel like that could be an issue, although I guess you could just round it down.
Edited by starships - 5/22/13 at 11:42pm
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If anyone needs the EK Shim I ordered a second one due to Frozen CPU being out of stock when I ordered and it was supposed to take 2 weeks. If anyone needs it just hit me up and Ill drop it in an envelope at cost of the shim.


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Yea, I wasn't sure if it would work well or not because of the short fins on it, and I reused the crappy thermal pad that was already on it but spread a little bit of TIM on top to make sure it contacted all the chips.

It does a much better job at cooling the VRMs when the plate is not getting heated by the RAM and GPU. The tiny finned heatsink I put on the top VRM is too small though, that VRM is ~10c hotter then the bottom ones. The little heatsink is much hotter to the touch so I know its transfering heat into it, but without any direct fan over it it doesn't dissipate it fast enough. Still way cooler then with the stock cooler and 70c is well within range for a VRM so I'm just going to leave it like that.

The VRMs differ a lot on both my other watercooled 7970s so don't sweat that at all! Maybe I have a bad mounting, but it isn't anything I d worry about.
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