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hello guys, in case i want to remove my EK waterblock and reinstall the stock cooler of my vga, can i reuse the stockcooler thermalpads ?

pd. and why i would do that ? it´s because a new brand gtx 580 is incoming

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yes thermal pads can safely be re-used. I have done it many many times before.
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fast answer, thanks..
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post #4 of 8
Only if you're careful not to tear any pads... If they get torn in the removal, they need to be replaced, no question about it.
post #5 of 8
i had trouble keeping mine in one piece so had to replace when i rebuilt my gtx280; got a small pack from a local electronics store; used scissors to cut them to fit

my product was Semiconductors NTE 425 Thermal Interface Pad 1.65 x 1.65" (3 per package) www.nteinc.com

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post #6 of 8
I suggest not reusing them... but if you have no other option and can not wait for a new order of pads (or didn't think ahead and order them) it should be ok, like others have said make sure the pads are solid
post #7 of 8
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thanks four your replies, just look at the pic i post, it seems to be ok...
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by Yukss View Post
thanks four your replies, just look at the pic i post, it seems to be ok...
Yes... cards with low hours on them will also not "burn" up the thermal pads, giving them more chance to be reused
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