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So I know XD will hate me for this, but I'm not quite ready to give up on this mobo.

I got back a fresh board from my MSI RMA, so I thought I'd give this badboy one more shot, because it held up pretty well through almost everything I threw at it last time.

So this time I thought I'd pick up some enzotec VRM heatsinks and see if they can't help the beast stay cool (with a side fan to help keep air flowing on them).

Now, let's say worse comes to worst and even these can't keep the VRMs cool enough, and I have to RMA again (hopefully MSI would let me), is it difficult to remove the thermal tape that affixes the heatsink to the VRM? I don't want to get grief about my RMA because I tried to keep the board alive.
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post #2 of 7
Those are easy to remove, you just need to use a little bit of pressure and push at an angle to remove. It's not insane like thermal epoxy which can rip ICs off literally.
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Sweet, thanks, I've never used thermal tape before (the stuff sounds kind of amazing technologywise) so I had no idea. +1 to you good sir
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I had some enzotech bcc9 heatsinks on a 5770 that absolutely would not come off. Finally I figured out that a few seconds with a hairdryer made them pull right off. If it comes down to it use that, either way you will probably need new thermal tape before you reuse them, so keep that in mind
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Worse comes to worse a hairdryer will loosen em up a bit and they will come off, beyond that to prep them again I would use the 2 part cleaner from artic, if you need more tape I want to say 3M puts some out.
 
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I had some enzotech bcc9 heatsinks on a 5770 that absolutely would not come off. Finally I figured out that a few seconds with a hairdryer made them pull right off. If it comes down to it use that, either way you will probably need new thermal tape before you reuse them, so keep that in mind
Good to know, I'm not that worried about reusing them at the moment, this is sort of a hail mary shot as seeing how hard I can push my mobo without killing it heh. Just want to make sure if I do kill it that I won't be shooting myself in the foot.

Thanks for the info about the hair dryer, will remember that if things take a turn for the worse heh.
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Quote:
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I had some enzotech bcc9 heatsinks on a 5770 that absolutely would not come off. Finally I figured out that a few seconds with a hairdryer made them pull right off. If it comes down to it use that, either way you will probably need new thermal tape before you reuse them, so keep that in mind
Yes that is important to consider. It may require some heat to loosen it up and thermal tape can only be used once and then it usually loses it's stickiness.
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