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I fitted my EK full cover block and backplate to my 580 yesterday evening. When it came to cleaning the thermal stuff of the card i used a lint free cloth to remove some residue on the ram chips and vregs that was left over from the thermal pads on the stock cooler.
I wasn't rubbing them very hard as there was hardly anything on them. It's occurred to me this morning though that rubbing those with a cloth might not have been the best idea in terms of damage by static discharge.
At the moment i have no way to test the card in a loop and won't for possibly as long as a month so i was hoping someone on here could put my mind at rest (or not :/ ) in the mean time.

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post #2 of 11
Did you wear an anti-static bracelet while manipulating your card ?
If so you are fine.

I personnally would never touch a part unless I'm grounded to something.
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I discharged my self constantly on my case and many other metal things in the room during the installation as i don't have a wrist band

I've never used a band before and never had anything die from static but then again I've never removed the cooler from a gpu and exposed the chips beneath.

Have you an idea of how susceptible these little chips are to static damage?
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Always discharge components before handling, always ground yourself preferably with a bonding strap or copper wire. Even the smallest imperceptible discharge is capable of making little welds on circuits. How that affects the performance... anyones guess... normally in a negative way... do we always do it? Nahh... but if your just powering off, yeap, its discharge time. Chances are, your going to be ok... the stuff coming out today is built with the end user in mind.
 
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post #5 of 11
You never stated what you discharged to. It could be the other way around, but without knowing what you touched no one will know.
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post #6 of 11
you should be okay, ive done some pretty dodgy things while installing new coolers and NEVER killed anything, components are pretty resistant these days. you will be fine and i never wore an anti static bracelet.
Edited by Sircles - 3/11/11 at 3:58am
     
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post #7 of 11
Most things in computers are surprisingly resilient when it comes to this sort of thing. The only time you might be in trouble is when the component is running and you "shock" it. I wouldn't worry about it.
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post #8 of 11
You will be fine if you touched something metal before you started manipulating, especially if you were not on carpet.

If you were on carpet, you will still be alright most likely...unless you felt a shock when touching the card.
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Soggysilicon View Post
Always discharge components before handling, always ground yourself preferably with a bonding strap or copper wire. Even the smallest imperceptible discharge is capable of making little welds on circuits. How that affects the performance... anyones guess... normally in a negative way... do we always do it? Nahh... but if your just powering off, yeap, its discharge time. Chances are, your going to be ok... the stuff coming out today is built with the end user in mind.
Thanks, put my mind slightly at ease. I was thinking the same too actually that components these days are quite tough.

When I've got the rest of my loop sorted (and got my SSD RMA'd by OCZ ) then I'll post how it went. Should be ready by the end of this month, just planning fittings endlessly so i don't have to do multiple orders
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A bit more info in case anyone finds anything really bad with what i did lol:

Sat in a leather office chair while wearing socks on carpet. Was working on a piece of cardboard placed on top of my desk. When i say i discharged myself on metal things i really meant grounded as i probably wasn't charged anyway. I used a microfiber glasses cloth to gently rub the chips.

EDIT:

The metal i touched was the steel of my antec 900, an area where my black paint had scratched off a bit to make sure i was touching something conductive.
Also i didn't feel any shocks but there could have been ones i didn't feel?
Edited by Aidan - 3/11/11 at 4:16am
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