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TIM overflow on edge of die - dangerous?

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I recently removed the heatsink from my reference 7970 and I'm about to put a waterblock on it. After removing the heatsink I noticed AMD put way too much TIM on the core and a ton of it had oozed out over the edge of the die, but still wasn't touching anything else. While trying to clean it all off with a Q-tip, I couldn't help but smear a little bit of it off the side of the die, to the point where it's touching the small rectangle things (sorry I don't know the technical name of those things...). Anyway it's hard to describe precisely so here's a picture:



You can see it's worse on the right side of the die in this pic. As far as I know I TIM is not electrically conductive, but do I need to clean all that off before firing up this card again? It's still sitting there without any kind of heatsink and I don't wanna put the waterblock on until I know there's 0% chance of something shorting out when I install this thing and fire it up.
post #2 of 5
Shouldn't be a problem... but why take the risk?

Clean It.
post #3 of 5
Eh I've done the same thing on about every gpu I've owned just spray some isopropyl alcohol on it and clean it up with a qtip or microfiber cloth.
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Originally Posted by Chooofoojoo View Post

Shouldn't be a problem... but why take the risk?

Clean It.

Well, because it would be difficult to clean off. I tried with just a q tip but I couldn't get in between the crevices. I would probably have to wrap a couple kleenexs around a toothpick...
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That's literally what I do. Coffee filter and toothpick, or a plastic dental pick. Great minds think alike! cheers.gif
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