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Has anyone used/attempted to use a thermal compound instead of the pads when installing a dd 8800gtx/ultra full block?
curious...
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yeah, you could use arctic silver's ceramique for ram no problem
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arctic MX-2 is superior to AS5, and not conductive.
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I used the strips because at the time I was quite the amateur with water systems, but I feel as though you could use a compound with little trouble if you dabbed only a tiny, tiny amount. Why are you against the strips though?
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The block I'm after may be used, thus no thermal pads. I'd rather not buy some pads if I can just use paste and get better heat transfer that way.
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I don't see why it wouldn't work, just be careful with the materials.

If something is advertised as non-conductive, it will probably be conductive anyway, once contaminated with dust/particulates, etc.
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post #7 of 24
I'm 99% sure you have to use the pads
    
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Using pads would be best, because you don't want to use anything that's conductive (AS5), and you certainly don't want anything to become conductive (like what Ecstasis said).
    
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post #9 of 24
MX-2 is non-conductive = safe. >_>
you guys are freakin paranoid.
the only reason i could see for using pads is when the block is milled to have a specific distance between the mem-chips and the block to fit said pads, as you wont be able to fill that with TIM properly.
only in THAT case, pads are the smarter choice.
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by ChielScape View Post
MX-2 is non-conductive = safe. >_>
you guys are freakin paranoid.
the only reason i could see for using pads is when the block is milled to have a specific distance between the mem-chips and the block to fit said pads, as you wont be able to fill that with TIM properly.
only in THAT case, pads are the smarter choice.
That's never really true though.

Anything non-conductive, like coolant or thermal paste, can pick up particles of dust and debris that does have the capability of holding a charge. So if he has "non-conductive" thermal paste on a chip, and it comes in contact with another component, it will eventually gain a charge, and then the usual nastiness will ensue.

Products can come non-conductive, yes. But they do not stay that way for long.

//edit You may call it paranoia, but I think it's prudent to be paranoid with ANY multi-thousand dollar investment.

Sometimes caution is the better side of valor.
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