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The 8800 uses thermal pads, does anyone know if I replace this thick compund pad with AS5, if the graphics card memory will seat correctly against the card's heatsink. AS5 is not nearly as thick as those crappy white thermal pads.
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Call EVGA, thats what I did and they shipped me out new ones for free.

Its kind of stupid that the heatsink were designed like this.

At first they said they can't send them, that a different company makes them and then I quoted the warranty.

"Your warranty says I am able to remove the heatsink but must replace it when I send the card in for RMA, how am I suppose to replace the heatsink correctly if I cannot have the thermal pads required to do so?"

The guy contacted the right company and I got a email 2 days later saying they shipped my thermal pads.

Anyway to answer your question, there will be a .5mm gap and your memory will fry.
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Thats kewl to know how to get the white thermal pads back if I need them, But I havent removed them yet. The card is still stock. I want to replace the compound pads with AS5, but im not certain if the heatsink will seat all the way down and make contact with the ram. Does anyone here know or have they tried it sucessfully?
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Thats kewl to know how to get the white thermal pads back if I need them, But I havent removed them yet. The card is still stock. I want to replace the compound pads with AS5, but im not certain if the heatsink will seat all the way down and make contact with the ram. Does anyone here know or have they tried it sucessfully?
Sorry, I was a bit late with editing my post.

DO NOT DO IT! There will be a gap, and after gaming for awhile your memory and some other parts of the card will overheat. (This is what happened to me, but they accepted my RMA.)

Best bet is to leave them as they are. Those pads and the current paste on the core are just as good as AS5. I actually got worse temps with AS5 on the core.
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sorry I hadnt heard of bleach before is it a game or japanamation
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thank you again dude you rock
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sorry I hadnt heard of bleach before is it a game or japanamation
Anime/Manga.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach_(manga)
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post #8 of 15
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i think ill use an exhaust fan hext to the card and turn the fan up another 5%
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Imma check out some episodes, they might be available as torrents?
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Imma check out some episodes, they might be available as torrents?
Yea but its still ongoing and on Episode 128 ATM so its pretty long.
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