Originally Posted by Menta
The thing is the Strix has a bad design on the heat pipes they dont all make direct contact, bugs me
The thing is that Thermodynamic engineers have already debunked that but it keeps getting repeated. Basically that heat pipe is also contacting one of the GDDR5x ram plates and is helping there, but more importantly a heat pipe in contact with another heatpipe takes on nearly as much of the heat load from the adjacent pipe as it would have if it was in direct contact with the GPU die like its adjacent partner. Equilibrium will be reached just a little bit slower than direct contact. ie. after a few minutes have elapsed with the GPU under load, the offending heatpipe will be performing 95% of the work it would have done anyway if in direct contact with the die like the other pipes.