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Hey guys,

Short story: I've got an EK waterblock for a Gigabyte Windforce 7950 that I removed from my last 7950 when I sent it in for RMA. I tore all the thermal pads in removing it, and am looking for more. I don't know what to get OR where to purchase it. This is, of course, assuming that I even need it. I do, right?

To clarify: it's the stuff you have to cut and put on all the different components when you install a waterblock.



Longer Story: I had been having computer problems for like 18 months and did EVERYTHING to try and diagnose it except for my PSU. I bought a new mobo, new RAM, two new CPU's, a new HDD, reinstalled W7 over a dozen times (SSD and HDD) and came up with nothing. I had a nice 1kW PSU and thought there was no way that it was the problem. I believe it was. Replaced it, nearly ALL problems gone. However, in the process of diagnosing issues I RMA'd my mobo and GPU twice. The process of removing my waterblock tore the pads (needed?) and I've been dealing with air cooling since. I am absolutely SICK of the fan noise and am hoping to get my rig back under water ASAP, but I need help to make sure I don't risk my GPU by not using those thermal pad things.
 
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Frozen CPU and probably Performace PC's have the OEM EK thermal pads and also some higher performance, more expensive versions.

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g8/c487/list/p1/Thermal_Interface-Thermal_Pads_Tape.html?id=JXgZSnZq

The Instructions for the block will tell you what thickness or thicknesses you need

Edit: from the EK 7950 instructions
Replacement thermal pads: Thermal Pad B – 0.5mm (75x50mm), Thermal Pad A – 0.5mm (100x16mm).
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18987/thr-203/EK_Water_Block_Replacement_Thermal_PAD_B_05mm_-_75x50mm.html?tl=g8c487
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18985/thr-201/EK_Water_Block_Replacement_Thermal_PAD_A_05mm_-_100x16mm.html?tl=g8c487
Edited by Jakusonfire - 5/10/13 at 7:19pm
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post #3 of 12
From what I've researched, Fujipoly extreme pads are basically your best bet. They're sold at FrozenCPU and have better thermal performance than many TIMs out there. The 1/4 sheet should last you through two or three cards. 1mm thickness on VRMs, 0.5mm on the memory. Around a 10C drop overall.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16882/thr-167/Fujipoly_Extreme_System_Builder_Thermal_Pad_-_60_x_50_x_05_-_Thermal_Conductivity_110_WmK.html?id=yk3B4Nw5&mv_pc=40330

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16883/thr-168/Fujipoly_Extreme_System_Builder_Thermal_Pad_-_60_x_50_x_10_-_Thermal_Conductivity_110_WmK.html?id=yk3B4Nw5&mv_pc=40331

See this thread for results:
http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1039315351&postcount=173
post #4 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jakusonfire View Post

Frozen CPU and probably Performace PC's have the OEM EK thermal pads and also some higher performance, more expensive versions.

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g8/c487/list/p1/Thermal_Interface-Thermal_Pads_Tape.html?id=JXgZSnZq

The Instructions for the block will tell you what thickness or thicknesses you need

Edit: from the EK 7950 instructions
Replacement thermal pads: Thermal Pad B – 0.5mm (75x50mm), Thermal Pad A – 0.5mm (100x16mm).
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18987/thr-203/EK_Water_Block_Replacement_Thermal_PAD_B_05mm_-_75x50mm.html?tl=g8c487
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18985/thr-201/EK_Water_Block_Replacement_Thermal_PAD_A_05mm_-_100x16mm.html?tl=g8c487

Awesome, thanks for the help! I saw your post and immediately went to the instructions to get needed thickness....had I have updated and seen your edit it would've saved me a few minutes!
 
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post #5 of 12
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From what I've researched, Fujipoly extreme pads are basically your best bet. They're sold at FrozenCPU and have better thermal performance than many TIMs out there. The 1/4 sheet should last you through two or three cards. 1mm thickness on VRMs, 0.5mm on the memory. Around a 10C drop overall.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16882/thr-167/Fujipoly_Extreme_System_Builder_Thermal_Pad_-_60_x_50_x_05_-_Thermal_Conductivity_110_WmK.html?id=yk3B4Nw5&mv_pc=40330

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16883/thr-168/Fujipoly_Extreme_System_Builder_Thermal_Pad_-_60_x_50_x_10_-_Thermal_Conductivity_110_WmK.html?id=yk3B4Nw5&mv_pc=40331

See this thread for results:
http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1039315351&postcount=173

Awesome! Thanks for the heads up on that, I was about to start looking up some research on which pads. The instructions say .5mm thickness all around, so I'd be hesitant to use the 1mm thick stuff at all.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sakerfalcon View Post

From what I've researched, Fujipoly extreme pads are basically your best bet. They're sold at FrozenCPU and have better thermal performance than many TIMs out there. The 1/4 sheet should last you through two or three cards. 1mm thickness on VRMs, 0.5mm on the memory. Around a 10C drop overall.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16882/thr-167/Fujipoly_Extreme_System_Builder_Thermal_Pad_-_60_x_50_x_05_-_Thermal_Conductivity_110_WmK.html?id=yk3B4Nw5&mv_pc=40330

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16883/thr-168/Fujipoly_Extreme_System_Builder_Thermal_Pad_-_60_x_50_x_10_-_Thermal_Conductivity_110_WmK.html?id=yk3B4Nw5&mv_pc=40331

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http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1039315351&postcount=173

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Quote:
Originally Posted by victorzamora View Post

Awesome! Thanks for the heads up on that, I was about to start looking up some research on which pads. The instructions say .5mm thickness all around, so I'd be hesitant to use the 1mm thick stuff at all.

You need 1mm on the VRM or buy extra of the .5 and double it. Just realized I'm using 7970 blocks so it maybe different as Jakusnonfire stated blushsmiley.gif
Edited by bigmac11 - 5/11/13 at 4:31am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bigmac11 View Post

You need 1mm on the VRM or buy extra of the .5 and double it.

The 7970 block uses a tiny piece of 1mm thickness. The 7950 block the OP has uses none, only 0.5mm
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Well I have 3 7950 blocks and all of them use 1mm. Maybe I got a special batch rolleyes.gif
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post #10 of 12
I second the fujipoly extreme or ultra thermal pads on frozen cpu... my stock thermal pads on my 560ti's werent enough past 1000mhz overclock so i really needed better pads, the fujipoly ultra pads (most expensive ones) made it possible for me to be stable. It was a good investment for what i needed. But i think if you use the extremes (not as expensive as ultra) youll be just as good thumb.gif
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