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post #5621 of 6449
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Originally Posted by nexxusty View Post

3m thermal tape will hold basically any heatsink you'd use for RAM or VRM.

Definitely get some for the VRM. As long as you aren't forced to sacrifice surface area... the taller the better. You seem to have a handle on that though... Hehe.

*edit*

Did you clean the RAM chips thoroughly? Thermal pads leave a residue that makes thermal tape ineffective if it's not cleaned off.

Yeah I cleaned them off. I actually used some old Akasa or asaka thermal tape I had around. 3m thermal tape has better heat conductivity and stickiness? Could you point me to which one has the best of both?
post #5622 of 6449
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Originally Posted by BigBeard86 View Post

Yeah I cleaned them off. I actually used some old Akasa or asaka thermal tape I had around. 3m thermal tape has better heat conductivity and stickiness? Could you point me to which one has the best of both?

I've just always used 3m thermal tape. I've never had an issue with it, sinks never fall off.

AFAIK just order a strip or roll of it and cut accordingly. That is the cheapest way and you'll have some for a long time. You can order directly from 3m I do believe.
post #5623 of 6449
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Originally Posted by nexxusty View Post

I've just always used 3m thermal tape. I've never had an issue with it, sinks never fall off.

AFAIK just order a strip or roll of it and cut accordingly. That is the cheapest way and you'll have some for a long time. You can order directly from 3m I do believe.

what model has the best thermal conductivity?
post #5624 of 6449
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Originally Posted by BigBeard86 View Post

What heatsinks on you guys using on your vrm? I keep having issues with them falling off.

Also, did anyone else notice on their cards the circled areas below also had thermal pads on them, fro mthe stock setup? did anyone else place heatsinks on these chips?

I used cosmos heatsinks found on amazon as recommended by a lot of people, they work great.

There were thermal pads on there for me as well on the stock cooler, but I did not put heatsinks in that area and it has been completely fine. A lot of aib and aftermarket coolers don't seem to cool that area either, such as EK blocks don't tell you to put thermal pads there.
Edited by auraofjason - 7/10/16 at 3:50pm
post #5625 of 6449
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Originally Posted by auraofjason View Post

I used cosmos heatsinks found on amazon as recommended by a lot of people, they work great.

There were thermal pads on there for me as well on the stock cooler, but I did not put heatsinks in that area and it has been completely fine. A lot of aib and aftermarket coolers don't seem to cool that area either, such as EK blocks don't tell you to put thermal pads there.

Which area is that? I don't remember forgoing thermal pads anywhere when installing a GPU waterblock.

Motherboards are a different story, some heatsinks are aethstetic only.

GPU, VRAM, VRM... nothing else to cool so I suppose the that's all I've ever installed with a water block.
post #5626 of 6449
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Originally Posted by nexxusty View Post

Which area is that? I don't remember forgoing thermal pads anywhere when installing a GPU waterblock.

Motherboards are a different story, some heatsinks are aethstetic only.

GPU, VRAM, VRM... nothing else to cool so I suppose the that's all I've ever installed with a water block.

The one BigBeard86 circled in his picture:


This is from an EK block's manual for the 1080, they don't tell you to place pads on them even though there are pads on them on the stock baseplate.

Edited by auraofjason - 7/10/16 at 7:43pm
post #5627 of 6449
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Originally Posted by nexxusty View Post

Really?

No sinks on RAM or VRM and it's fine? Overclocked too...

Really want a stable boost on my 1080. I cannot stand GPU Boost 3.0. Wanting to pick something up to mount an AIO on it.

I have an FE though and I don't think the Kraken would fit with the FE's RAM/VRM solution. Almost positive...

No sinks and yes, it's perfectly fine through 6+ hour sessions of Witcher 3 @ 3440x1440 running nonstop 2080Mhz core. These cards don't pull nearly the power that R9's or even the previous GTX generation did -- The VRM's get cooling from the fan and mine in particular has a backplate as well that aids a bit in dissipation of overall card heat.
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No sinks and yes, it's perfectly fine through 6+ hour sessions of Witcher 3 @ 3440x1440 running nonstop 2080Mhz core. These cards don't pull nearly the power that R9's or even the previous GTX generation did -- The VRM's get cooling from the fan and mine in particular has a backplate as well that aids a bit in dissipation of overall card heat.

While you may be able to get away with out heatsinks on the VRMs it is ill advised to do so. They come from the factory with some sort of a heatsink for a reason. When the GPU is overclocked and especially overvolted, you stand a much higher chance of damaging the VRMs. Even if that were not the case, it will extend the life of the VRMs. Its such a cheap and simple thing to do.
   
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While you may be able to get away with out heatsinks on the VRMs it is ill advised to do so. They come from the factory with some sort of a heatsink for a reason. When the GPU is overclocked and especially overvolted, you stand a much higher chance of damaging the VRMs. Even if that were not the case, it will extend the life of the VRMs. Its such a cheap and simple thing to do.

Not to mention being much less efficient being air cooled only.

Lifespan is a real thing with only a fan cooling them. I'd never do that....
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Originally Posted by Ultisym View Post

While you may be able to get away with out heatsinks on the VRMs it is ill advised to do so. They come from the factory with some sort of a heatsink for a reason. When the GPU is overclocked and especially overvolted, you stand a much higher chance of damaging the VRMs. Even if that were not the case, it will extend the life of the VRMs. Its such a cheap and simple thing to do.

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Not to mention being much less efficient being air cooled only.

Lifespan is a real thing with only a fan cooling them. I'd never do that....

If you read my original post you would know this is a temporary measure. Now, as much as this is harped on by most individuals of this and other forums -- I have yet to read a post about someone "burning up their VRM's". Combine that with the anecdotal evidence that is my 2 year old overclocked 290 with no active VRM cooling (free card and I just never got around to it), and you can probably see how this is likely an exaggerated concern.

Now, having said that, I would never recommend AGAINST additional cooling on electronics that could potentially stand to benefit from it; especially given how cheap the solution is. Certainly on a $700 card.
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