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So anyways I just got two of my 6970's and decided to get some waterblocks, so im off to the install. So it's telling me to put thermal grease before my thermal pads, Does anyone have any experience with this, Is it before or after the thermal pads, Does it really make a big difference putting thermal paste with thermal pads ?

Also for the memory chips, instead of thermal pads can i use thermal paste ?
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You only want to use thermal paste on the gpu itself. As for the vram and vrms you will want to use the pads provided. Using thermal paste can hurt ur card since some thermal paste is conductive. Just cut the pads and place them exactly where needed. You can use thermal paste on the memory, BUT it is not suggested unless you are positive it is non conductive. Another problem is that the thermal pads are the correct thickness to mount to the block correctly and the thermal paste will most likely not be if you use it on the vram.
 
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I use some shin on all the vrms between the pad and the block. In hindsight I would've have out some on the ram pads/block too. Thus you could actually use tim everywhere between pad and block. It will improve contact and most importantly, prevent the pads from sticking to the block. I prefer the pads to stick to the card and not the block and because they are so sticky it makes it hard to get the block off later.

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You only want to use thermal paste on the gpu itself. As for the vram and vrms you will want to use the pads provided. Using thermal paste can hurt ur card since some thermal paste is conductive. Just cut the pads and place them exactly where needed. You can use thermal paste on the memory, BUT it is not suggested unless you are positive it is non conductive. Another problem is that the thermal pads are the correct thickness to mount to the block correctly and the thermal paste will most likely not be if you use it on the vram.
The instructions tell you to put tim on the vrms, non-cunductive white ceramique stuff iirc.
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