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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 5
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 5
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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 5
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)
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