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GTX 1070 Thermal Compound Horror Story

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I've had this EVGA 1070 for two months and it's been working GREAT. I've almost always had it overclocked at a stable level (hours of stress tested). Yesterday during Witcher 3 my computer froze. Reset, didn't OC, tried every combination possible and nothing seemed to work until today by chance I discovered this major QA fck up:

Thermal compound had leaked through the space between the cooler and the card. There was a blob of thermal compound sitting on the plug. wiped it off before i took these photos. When I went to unscrew the screws on the backplate, they were SO lose. Man I don't know if it was just mine, but I would check if I were you.






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Thermal compounds are usually electrically non-conductive, though you can buy some that are.
Other than making a mess, no horror found. Extra goop doesn't really hurt anything. The loose screws are a surprise but remember not to torque it down hard either.
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Most of the screws had loc-tite, but even those had come loose somehow. I mean so lose you could twist them off with your hands. The loose screws likely allowed the cooling unit to lift off the chip since the fans push air against it. I run the card around 60 degrees C oc'd, so that's when the leakage probably happened. It's a good thing that the paste is usually non-conductive, but whatever it did it was enough to freeze my computer over and over until I fixed it.
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Thermal compounds are usually electrically non-conductive, though you can buy some that are.
Other than making a mess, no horror found. Extra goop doesn't really hurt anything. The loose screws are a surprise but remember not to torque it down hard either.

Too much compound will affect temps. Its better to have too little than too much and this is way too much, like the conveyer belt got jammed and this card had a bukkake party hour.
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Too much compound will affect temps. Its better to have too little than too much and this is way too much, like the conveyer belt got jammed and this card had a bukkake party hour.

Jayz2cents did a video on this and he put like half a tube of stuff on the GPu block and then tested temps again.  The difference was little to nothing.   Now this might be different for CPU because they are not flat like GPUs,  even the CPU coolers are not flat.  They have a bulge to them. 

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