I did that and checked for contact because the thing was bending. and there was space between all of the memory chips on the right side of the unit, near the caps, so I had to add 2x the thermal pads included to get it to contact and diminish the waterblock warping the pcb around the cpu.. I didn't tighten all the screws down all the way so they would not warp the card as bad.. it bends along the top of the card and slightly at the bottom when tightened anymore than it is.
the part on the block that's raised for the memory chips, isn't tall enough, for some reason. When I tightened all the way initially there was warping around GPU section of card.. and memory chips along the right side. As I looked between the sides at the card ,fully assembled to EK specifications, and there was a visible gap between the memory chips and the gpu block.
I pulled it off to try and make sure I seated it correctly. Upon closer examination one of the other memory chips on the left side didn't have the layer of oil all across it evenly like the rest of them, which made me suspect issues on that Memory chip as well.. tried again to assemble per EK instructions. and there wasn't any change in contact. doubled thermal pads. Observed where ther e was too much padding. (aalong left and top side), preventing gpu block contact.. took out some pads tightened it up and there was significantly less warping.
But still warping and thats where I concluded not to tighten all of them down all the way or tighten till I observed warp and that is where i am at right now. Oh and I added some GC extreme to help with contact on Memory chips
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Edited by tatmMRKIV - 9/6/13 at 12:36pm