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Can I use TIM instead of thermal pads?

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I just got a Coolit Omni for my GTX 470, used, and there are thermal pads missing all over it, or are completely mangled. Being I have waited for this thing since 12/22 I am kinda sour in the patience department right now, and I am low on money. Could I use tIM on the contact points or is the pads required specifically for contact purposes of not shorting something?
post #2 of 10
if there is a gap between the two surfaces, you can not use TIM, it won't make good contact.

You should be able to get some pads pretty easy.
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if there is a gap between the two surfaces, you can not use TIM, it won't make good contact.

You should be able to get some pads pretty easy.
Okay, and where would I get the pads from, pretty easily?
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Okay, and where would I get the pads from, pretty easily?
What thickness do you need?

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Okay, and where would I get the pads from, pretty easily?

see below
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ebay is the best place
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if there is a gap between the two surfaces, you can not use TIM, it won't make good contact.

You should be able to get some pads pretty easy.
Exactly. My 8800GTX's have a fairly large gap which thermal paste is a complete no-go (almost totally ineffective). I needed to buy thermal pads.

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Not even sure Duckie, but you're always the man with the answers . Like I was saying though, I have like $5 to my name right now, so I couldn't even afford to order any. I was just told by the guy I bought it from that the stock block has pads on the bottom. Those should be cool to use right?
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not necessarily. They might not be thick enough, but probably better than nothing. Check the coolit site or email the company and ask how thick the pads should be.
 
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best way to know is to do a smear test
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Not even sure Duckie, but you're always the man with the answers . Like I was saying though, I have like $5 to my name right now, so I couldn't even afford to order any. I was just told by the guy I bought it from that the stock block has pads on the bottom. Those should be cool to use right?
Contact CoolIT and see if they can send you replacement thermal pads for free. If not, they can at least tell you how thick... it's probably 1-3mm.


You can get it on eBay for $5-6 shipped.
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