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post #31 of 118
My heat plate has a noticeable flex to it, when screwing it into the PCB it warps the PCB so that it has the flex. It's about 6 degrees or so, not too large. What do you think caused it? Putting it in the oven too long?
post #32 of 118
Did you remove the thermal pads before putting it in the oven? I don't want them to melt. tongue.gif
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post #33 of 118
I did something very similar to my xfx 7950s. Actually its exactly the same thing but I did much less work and added a backplate. I wouldnt say that its cheaper but I think it looks better in my opinion vs. a full block.
post #34 of 118
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Originally Posted by Thanos1972 View Post

Why you drilled holles for mounting the cooler?the mounting is straighforward.just use the black screws, (if i remember correctly).i need to go home and check it.

You need to drill because the stock aluminum plate doesn't have holes all the way through. There's only stand-offs for small screws from the back of the card.

Here's some pictures to better describe it:

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At first I used a bit small enough to fit in the stand-off and drill from the bottom shown in the pictures. This gave me a pilot hole on the top side. Using the pilot hole, I drilled the top larger and larger until the stand-offs were completely gone on the bottom.

Once that was done, the MK-26 screws could go through the PCB and aluminum plate to reach the block.

I really wish I would have taken pictures while I worked on it. Sorry I didn't.
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post #35 of 118
now i see what you mean.sorry for not reading properly.
i thought you said what you said for mounting the mk 26 only.not with the stock parts together.
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post #36 of 118
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Originally Posted by Bartouille View Post

Did you remove the thermal pads before putting it in the oven? I don't want them to melt. tongue.gif

No, the pads can handle the heat.
post #37 of 118
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Originally Posted by Enzarch View Post

I see a lot of people wondering if they remove the core block from the cooler and just as many replies stating it is not possible. It is relatively quite easy to do so. and the cooling results are fairly good.

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See the full guide here Keep in mind I modified mine specifically for the EK VGA Supremacy block, so you may have to make more or less modifications for your use case.

The plate alone is fine for mild overclocks under normal use(<+50mV), but if you plan to either add a lot of voltage and/or are 'coin mining you will need direct airflow over the Core VRMs. You can see in the last picture I accomplished this with a 92x25mm fan and this keeps it quite cool.

While the Memory VRM will remain cool regardless, I would suggest adding a few heatsinks for the memory modules as they get quite warm. You could even solder some on if you were so inclined.

If for whatever reason it's preferred to post the whole guide here instead of a link, I will do so

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post #38 of 118
I plan to use a corsair H80i combining it with the stock heatsink cooler. basically removing the copper part like you did. but the difference is imma use the housing as well as the fan. I will mount (thermal adhesive) some chip sinks on the parts where VRM/RAM modules is at, I specifically bought chip sinks that air can get thru them easily. I got a lot of cutting to do for this to happen, and I know imma go encounter some problems.



Anyways what's the best option on mounting an H80i on the GPU part?
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post #39 of 118
nevermind, the MKII doesn't work with H80i apparently...I think there is a bracket called GPU_COOL or something that's in the Artisans section here. You might check it out to see if it works.


I would love to try this...only problem is I have no power tools and would hate to buy a full kit just for this mod
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I really wish I would have taken pictures while I worked on it. Sorry I didn't.

So I was going through pictures on my camera and discovered these! I completely forgot I shot them. That's what I get for modding so late. No matter, those of you interested in mixing the oven trick with the Prolimatech MK-26...enjoy!

The first picture illustrates the drilled holes discussed earlier in the thread. The second shows the ample clearance of the MK-26 heatpipes.

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