Originally Posted by Krusher33
For those that have trouble with them little heatsinks: be sure to clean the memories with a high % rubbing alcohol. Let it dry, then stick the sinks with the adhesive on while being careful not to get the adhesive dirty with your fingers, add pressure for several seconds. Then while the card is laying flat, take a blow dryer, heat up the heatsinks some, then add pressure while cooling for maybe 10 seconds. Let it cool all the way. Then install the card and fire it up.
This is what I have done the last 3 cards and I have never had an issue with 1 falling off.
the previous owner had them on with just regular cpu paste then let it dry and put the [after-market] fans on top of it rofl. when i got the card i couldn't believe it; all the heat-sinks had fallen off during shipping.. but for the price i got it at the time i couldn't complain. i figured its just a simple fix. infact i kind of complained to him because the card was sold as working items so he bought some glue heat-sink paste and sent it to me.
its the first card i've dealt with and did all that your saying and got frustrated. if i don't get something right on 2-3 times i just push it aside.... i wasn't even interested on the card anyway. i just got a very lucky buy. and i'm not an overclocker, the stock 6970 i'm currently using does everything i want and my mb doesnt take 2 gpus. btwn my current 6970 and motherboard i can get all the real estate i want.