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Attempt 6: Ram 2 slot no. 3 of the motherboard
Successful, 1 played for 1 hour and manage to finish two missions, with no issues / problem encountered.

The culprit of having BSOD for days with error code 0xa000001(atikmdag.sys) ATI Kernel Mode Driver is because one of my RAM is faulty.
It's clear now. I'll have to RMA this before it can damage my whole system. Thank you Roboyto for giving me some tips and pointing out whats the cause of this weird crash / BSOD.

Devildog83 Please add me on the list. Thank you!
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I'm glad that you got to the heart of the issue. 

 

When you contact G.Skill for RMA ask if they can do an advanced RMA.  If they have this option, they will put a pending charge on a debit/credit card and ship you new RAM; you will incur a small fee for shipping.  Once you get the new RAM, just drop your faulty RAM in the box and send it back with the included pre-paid shipping label.  Once they receive the faulty RAM they remove the charge from your debit/credit card and you have 0 down time.

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Right. I have two EK-FC R9-280X DCU2 backplates on the way.

I was just wondering if anyone has taken appart their ASUS 280X DCU2 Top cards to watercool and so on.
I am not water cooling, just putting the backplates on each card after painting them white.

Just want to know if there is any thermal pads between the ref DCU2 heatsink and memory modules or VRM that I am going to have to replace.

I have good thermal compound I am going to be using, but want to know now so I can have everything ready to go and not have to wait to order thermal pads in and have down time on my cards.

2014-04-04 12.27.51.jpg

 

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/R9_280X_Direct_Cu_II_TOP/4.html

 

It doesn't look like the card has any heatsinks on the RAM.  So you wouldn't have to change anything if you didn't want to.

 

The VRMs have a heatsink on them already, and it would be easily removable.  You can see the spring loaded button that holds the heatsink down.  They just require squeezing the pin from the backside of the card and it should come off easily.

 

I don't know if these cards have issues with VRM temperatures, but if you wanted to upgrade the thermal pad my suggestion would be Fujipoly Ultra Extreme.  I used these pads as an upgrade from what came with my XSPC waterblock for my R9 290, and temperatures came down 25 percent!  http://www.overclock.net/t/1468593/r9-290-x-thermal-pad-upgrade-vrm-temperatures 

 

If you decide to upgrade the thermal pads you will need this: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17504/thr-185/Fujipoly_Ultra_Extreme_System_Builder_Thermal_Pad_-_Mosfet_Block_-_100_x_15_x_10_-_Thermal_Conductivity_170_WmK.html?tl=g8c487s1797&id=TLswenkp

 

To really make use of the backplates I would suggest using thermal pads on the backside of the VRMs as well to make contact with the backplate; turning it into a heatsink.  VRMs in Orange

If you decide to also add thermal pads to the rear of the card you would need a 2nd pad that I linked above.

Just make sure the backplates will fit with that bracket that is on the top of the card. Bracket in Yellow

Edit: Just realized you said you bought the backplate specifically for DC2 cards.


Edited by Roboyto - 4/9/14 at 11:59am
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http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/R9_280X_Direct_Cu_II_TOP/4.html

It doesn't look like the card has any heatsinks on the RAM.  So you wouldn't have to change anything if you didn't want to.



The VRMs have a heatsink on them already, and it would be easily removable.  You can see the spring loaded button that holds the heatsink down.  They just require squeezing the pin from the backside of the card and it should come off easily.

I don't know if these cards have issues with VRM temperatures, but if you wanted to upgrade the thermal pad my suggestion would be Fujipoly Ultra Extreme.  I used these pads as an upgrade from what came with my XSPC waterblock for my R9 290, and temperatures came down 25 percent!  http://www.overclock.net/t/1468593/r9-290-x-thermal-pad-upgrade-vrm-temperatures 

If you decide to upgrade the thermal pads you will need this: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17504/thr-185/Fujipoly_Ultra_Extreme_System_Builder_Thermal_Pad_-_Mosfet_Block_-_100_x_15_x_10_-_Thermal_Conductivity_170_WmK.html?tl=g8c487s1797&id=TLswenkp

To really make use of the backplates I would suggest using thermal pads on the backside of the VRMs as well to make contact with the backplate; turning it into a heatsink.  VRMs in Orange
If you decide to also add thermal pads to the rear of the card you would need a 2nd pad that I linked above.


Just make sure the backplates will fit with that bracket that is on the top of the card. Bracket in Yellow
Edit: Just realized you said you bought the backplate specifically for DC2 cards.

The EK backplate comes will thermal pads for the VRM and memory, so I am set for that. I just did not want to pull apart my card and then find I need new pads to connect the heatsink to the memory and so on. If I did need them, I would order them now so I have everything ready for pulling apart both cards and so forth.
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The EK backplate comes will thermal pads for the VRM and memory, so I am set for that. I just did not want to pull apart my card and then find I need new pads to connect the heatsink to the memory and so on. If I did need them, I would order them now so I have everything ready for pulling apart both cards and so forth.

There have been several people in the 290X thread with EK blocks that have had similar temperature drops to mine by changing thermal pad; you may want to consider it.
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There have been several people in the 290X thread with EK blocks that have had similar temperature drops to mine by changing thermal pad; you may want to consider it.

But you just said there are no thermal pads connected directly to the heatsink.

My temps are good as I am using Arctic Silver 5 for the GPU and my case is well ventilated. Even overclocked to 1100 MHz I am not hitting over 78 Deg.
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Be careful with AS 5.
I say this because, SOME people say it's conductive, I've never had any issues but, sometimes I get people literally shouting at me that it is lol. smile.gif
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But you just said there are no thermal pads connected directly to the heatsink.

My temps are good as I am using Arctic Silver 5 for the GPU and my case is well ventilated. Even overclocked to 1100 MHz I am not hitting over 78 Deg.

I said the RAM didn't have anything on them.

The VRMs do have a heatsink and thus thermal pad underneath. If you plan on going further than 1100 and adding more voltage I would want to keep the VRMs as cool as possible.
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post #5198 of 9745
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Originally Posted by heroxoot View Post

If both your ram came in 1 kit they make you RMA the whole kit. You may have an issue considering you only have 2x4gb kit. I had a kit that was completely bad and had to send it in, but Gskill asks for the whole kit back. RMA is pretty quick tho.

They are Kit, But its ok. I'll just RMA them both.
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I said the RAM didn't have anything on them.

The VRMs do have a heatsink and thus thermal pad underneath. If you plan on going further than 1100 and adding more voltage I would want to keep the VRMs as cool as possible.

Ah yes.

Im more of a gamer than an overclocker, so a Firestrike mark of 10582 is enough to keep me happy for now.
If i wanted to go higher I will be building a custom cooling loop.thumb.gif
post #5200 of 9745
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I'm glad that you got to the heart of the issue. 

When you contact G.Skill for RMA ask if they can do an advanced RMA.  If they have this option, they will put a pending charge on a debit/credit card and ship you new RAM; you will incur a small fee for shipping.  Once you get the new RAM, just drop your faulty RAM in the box and send it back with the included pre-paid shipping label.  Once they receive the faulty RAM they remove the charge from your debit/credit card and you have 0 down time.

There still a shop warranty for my RAM, so I'll have to return it back to the shop where I purchased the item. And this came as Kit that's why I'll have to return them both.
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