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Just got my evga 8800gtx in the mail today. First thing I did was take the heatsink off and put AS5 on. I also decided to put it on the memory chips and everything that had one of those little heatpad stickers.

Now the problem is that when I put the heatsink back on, it almost looks as if it is not touching the memory chips at all. There is a very small 1mm gap between the heatsink and the chips. Now I feel as if I went a little too far.

What should I do? I am considering reapplying the AS5 on the memory chips, but this time putting enough to contact the heatsink. I am also thinking about reapplying the original heatpad stickers that came on it if all else fails.
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Pads are used on memory chips for a reason...
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Just got my evga 8800gtx in the mail today. First thing I did was take the heatsink off and put AS5 on. I also decided to put it on the memory chips and everything that had one of those little heatpad stickers.

Now the problem is that when I put the heatsink back on, it almost looks as if it is not touching the memory chips at all. There is a very small 1mm gap between the heatsink and the chips. Now I feel as if I went a little too far.

What should I do? I am considering reapplying the AS5 on the memory chips, but this time putting enough to contact the heatsink. I am also thinking about reapplying the original heatpad stickers that came on it if all else fails.
Isn't it ill advised to put conductive compound such as AS5 on memory IC's?



EDIT: clean it off and buy some thermal pads from Fry's and your good to go.
    
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Putting too much AS5 on anything is the last thing you want to do , its expensive and its detrimental to your effort. If anything use the thermal pads and use a fraction of what ever AS5 is on it now.
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Like I said I felt I went too far on this.

So clean it off and reapply the stickers?
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All 8800 heatsinks are like that. The memory needs those pads in order to come in contact with the video card. Don't reapply more AS5 for contact, as all that will do is insulate the memory and have adverse effects of coolings (the memory will heat up).

You can either leave them how they are or put the stock pads back on. I don't think the stock pads do much for the memory as the memory doesn't get very hot anyways (no heatsinks on DDR/DDR2/DDR3 memory)
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post #7 of 13
those stickers are kind of thick, so that should have been your warning that the memory wouldn't make contact with the heatsink if you took them off. putting the old ones back on might work if they didn't get dirty or anything. a quick google search didn't show me any places to buy new thermal pads, but i'm sure they're out there.
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i have ramsinks on my video memory, but i also have a Zalman on the GPU. as far as i know, Zalman hasn't made a compatible cooler for 8800s yet, so i guess you're stuck with the stock cooler for now. i heard they work pretty well anyway.
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Lol..
First, never put an abundance of AS5 just to fill up space.
Next, those thermal pads used are efficient.
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post #10 of 13
let's not all start singing the praises of those thermal pads like they're special or anything. when i took my stock 1900XTX cooler off and put the ramsinks on my card, i was able to OC the memory a heckuva lot more. significant temp drops for me.

EDIT: that doesn't change the fact that isn't an option for him. he does need to put the pads back on or get new ones now.
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