OK, chickened out today, and didn't put CLU on the GPU.
However replaced the EK Ectotherm (8.5W/mk) with Kryonaut (12.5W/mk). Also replaced the EK thermal pards (3.5W/mk) with Minus Pad 8 (8W/mk).
Idle temps dropped by 5C, full load temps by a staggering 13C......... The card even running Spy & Firestrike Extreme for 3 runs each, non-stop, didn't exceeded 35C.
The card happily runs at 2164 core at 1.075v (locked the curve-voltage with the new MSI AB), giving me 8323 score.
2177 @ 1.081 is the maximum all it can go also, giving me 8350 score.
However at 1.093v it refuses even 2180 let alone trying for 2189. Any thoughts?
As for re-fitting the MSI Armor with the EK block spend a lot of time today examining the card and having few notes. The backplate diagram makes no sense. There are 2 (VRM or what ever they are called), on the back of the card that leaves without pad. (Added pads to them this time)
While is asks the user to put pad on the other 2 that sitting just on the back of the GPU.
See the red area on the attached pic
Now, since this area of the card is not covered by the block, could you tell me which resistors I can try to connect with CLU? I can see 3, two near the power sockets to the right side, and one to the left.
Do you believe I will benefit at all, or keep the card as is with the overclocks I have obtained and stay there? (ofc I have an itch....