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Well, I decided to reseat my graphics card and Arctic Cooling Silencer NV5R3 and I took off the thermal pads on the cooler and put AS5 there instead. Well, I put it back on the card, and guess what now the NV5R3 doesn't touch my frontside VGA memory. It's really close, but it doesn't touch. My idle temps right now are still only 35*, do you think I'm fine with it not touching or do I need to go buy some thermal pads?
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There should always be contacte between the heat source and the heat spreader! I would invest in some thermal pads to get the best performance.
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I know I know...but will it be fine to play like BF2 and stuff until I get some thermal pads? I mean, most RAM doesn't have any cooling on the memory chips, and most graphics cards don't have cooling on their memory. I just want to know if I will break my 7800GTX by not having contact with the heatsink, I know it won't be optimal for overclocking my GFX cards, but as long as the temps seem fine am I OK?
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post #4 of 11
Im not really familiar with how hot does memory rams gets but if u are running at stock settings memory and core i would say it should be fine "FOR NOW" i wouldnt recommend not having those ram incontact with ur heatsink for a long run, have u tried put a plastic washer on the bottom screw so the upper heatsink would tigthen abit?
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Yeah, I'll try doing something about it when I get home, I'm at a LANparty right now though, so I would like to be able to play some games. If my temps are fine am I OK?
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Originally Posted by Dopin_Nuts
Yeah, I'll try doing something about it when I get home, I'm at a LANparty right now though, so I would like to be able to play some games. If my temps are fine am I OK?
I would not Over clock the memory and try to take break whenever possible. But you should be ok for the short term(do it tomorrow)
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post #7 of 11
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Yeah, I'll try doing something about it when I get home, I'm at a LANparty right now though, so I would like to be able to play some games. If my temps are fine am I OK?
You have no way of knowing if your temps are fine. Your idle temp that you mentioned is your graphics chip,not your memory. Is it possible to rig a fan to blow on the memory? If not, I'd say game,but if you see any artifacting, quit for the night.
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dopin_Nuts
Yeah, I'll try doing something about it when I get home, I'm at a LANparty right now though, so I would like to be able to play some games. If my temps are fine am I OK?
Actually the temps that u see is the temp for the gpu not the memory itself. the thing that i dont get is this, the surface of nv silencer is flat and the gpu and memory are the same height so why it isnt touching the memory?
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post #9 of 11
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So then just be on the look out for artifacting? And if none then I should be fine? The GPU is taller than the memory.
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post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dopin_Nuts
So then just be on the look out for artifacting? And if none then I should be fine? The GPU is taller than the memory.
Yep, you'll be fine for a night. If it were me, I'd underclock the memory some since it won't make hardly any performance difference anyways. If you see artifacting or lockup, better safe than sorry and go home. You should be fine, though.
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