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asus reference 6950, how to remove shroud?

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I removed the screws from the back plate and the 2 from the exhaust bracket then the 4 around the gpu little by little. The guide I read says it should be free by this point, but it seems to still be stuck together by these tabs


do the tabs play a role in holding it together or is it really just held together by the thermal paste at this point? the tabs dont appear to push in too easily theres no wedge room between the plastic and the metal and I think one of the tabs even broke.
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I waterblocked my 6950 and from what I remember its just the thermal paste left after all the screws. Wiggle it around a bit to break it loose thumb.gif
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That's what I read but it seemed too solid.. I'll try to get it open while the die is still warm to loosen things up. Thank you very much!
Edited by nazarein - 5/24/13 at 6:38pm
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Opened it up. The old thermal paste was like dry bubble gum. Makes me want to try blu tack as a TIM. Cleaned up as much of the old tim as possible with white tavern grain vodka. Thought I scratched the green part of the GPU but im pretty sure that was just the tim now. Two of the thermal pads on the Vram ripped on seperation and another due to my own clumsyness so i took them all off and replaced them and the GPU TIM with shin-etsu x23 is it ok to use thermal past on vram?. I'm surprised it booted after that abuse but my hardware loves me. Idle temps dropped 3c from what i can tell so far, haven't tried gaming, just booted. gonna run some benchmarks and watch my temps.
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im only worried about vram temps right now, i might have to buy new pads. the temps look 5c higher. Will video memory stress test heat up the vram? it seems high at idle and lower under load.
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