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post #1 of 10
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Adding an EKWB to my 1080ti and need help understanding where I need to put thermal pads.
The instructions say to put thermal pads on the LR22 modules and not on the tiny black ones to the left of them.
Looks like the stock fan thermals do the opposite. Any thoughts?

Also, can I use my Artic CPU thermal paste for the GPU, or do I need to use what EK gives me?



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post #2 of 10
1- thermal paste : your choice; thermal pad : they have to be of the thickness specified by EK
2- right row of components : VRM -> they NEED dissipation
central row of components : inductor -> they need moderate dissipation, also they help dissipate heat from the VRMs
left row of components : capacitor -> solid state, usually they don't need dissipation + inductors already help in the dissipation (not in the stock)
and everything comply with what the manual say

for peace of mind you can add pads also on the capacitors but:
a- you have to provide them because EK won't
b- beware to the thickness
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback
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If I have to reapply TIM, do I need to replace the thermal pads?
How long are thermal pads good for?
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post #5 of 10
sorry I didn't see your response
if you are still interested :
no, not need to replace; thermal pads are good if they still have their shape and softness
you need to replace them when they dry-out or have holes or too flattened (-> in the next mount it will not make contact)
post #6 of 10
Guys,

I need your urgent help - this is really weird how two guys on youtube applied thermal pads simply not following the manual. Shall I literally follow the manual and not apply thermal pads on the left side of the inductors?

What about two top R22 - after the manual they shall be left without thermal pads.

Look what these guys are doing - this is really strange.

Please help

https://youtu.be/xCWHM_GzYyU?t=8m36s

https://youtu.be/9_1XMLd3Zjg?t=5m6s




And this is correct after the manual
https://youtu.be/C2vWugwQHm0?t=18m3s
post #7 of 10
1- re-read this thread
2- follow the manual
3- youtube is full of idiots, because they do something doesn't mean that you must follow
post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by chimico9 View Post

1- re-read this thread
2- follow the manual
3- youtube is full of idiots, because they do something doesn't mean that you must follow


#3 is the greatest point smile.gif

Yes - I read it few times. Anyway #2 stays valid as always. Stay tuned for my massive 11x 1080 ti smile.gif in a single case...
post #9 of 10
There's a few pads the EK manual doesn't cover but either its minor components that aren't very hot, or they don't actually physically get in contact with the heatsink, on the backplate side there's a few that should be included as well.

Just use your common sense and at least do everything the manual asks of you.
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post #10 of 10
Hi there

Agree follow the manual,done that and no issues, just I've not used supplied TIM, went with Noctua NT-H1

Hope this helps

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