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Here is a basic picture walk-through of installing an EK water block on a Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1.

Grab some popcorn and enjoy!
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The instructions that come with the blocks are good so this is a supplemental picture reference.
How to install an EK water block (Click to show)

Last moments of being an AIR cooled GPU


Goodbye windforce


You're too darn loud anyway


Remove ALL screws accessible from the backplate of the GPU


Pull the cooler off the PCB gently. Don't pull too much, there's 3 plugs to disconnect. Bottom right corner of this pic is the one you remove first. It is hard to see.


Disconnecting the single plug allows you to flip the cooler over while the other 2 wires are still connected


The plug on the right comes out easily. The one on the left has a death grip (locking plug) but if you gently pull up you can easily pull the plug right off. Yes it can be re-installed and it will work just fine. wink.gif


This is the only way I could remove this plug. But you can see it will easily slide right back on if ever needed later.


Now time to remove the backplate. Looking now at the top of the GPU, remove all 4 remaining screws that are now accessible after removing the cooler


I have to say, this backplate feels thinner than the 980.. It feels light and flimsy..


Time to clean up. No shortcuts here. It is a pain in the butt however you need things nice and clean biggrin.gif


EK Gives you some paste and I guess it is supposedly pretty good but I use TX4


Time to install the heat transfer pads for the VRMs, memory modules and mosfets


All prepped, making sure ALL edges of everything was completely covered with the transfer pad

EDIT: I had used some LEFT OVER thermals pads to cover the chokes (the long strip to the LEFT of the VRM). Although it didn't cause me any problems it also didn't provide me with any benefit. Technically the pads are also .5mm too big so please excuse my "creative thinking" there and do not apply that "extra" pad.


And ready to install the block

EDIT: I had used some LEFT OVER thermals pads to cover the chokes (the long strip to the LEFT of the VRM). Although it didn't cause me any problems it also didn't provide me with any benefit. Technically the pads are also .5mm too big so please excuse my "creative thinking" there and do not apply that "extra" pad.


I now take the block and slightly "season" it with TX4 so that it will make a better bond with the GPU since there are grooves in the block.


Here it is, all done!


Now to install the back plate


More heat transfer pads are needed because the backplate is actually a passive cooler and not thin and flimsy like the stock backplate.


In back of the GPU as well to pull heat away


Installed! By the way, I should have read the instructions for the backplate FIRST because I ended up having to take out some of the screws I had just put in for the backplate to install but it was no big deal. Just wanted to point this out for others to read both instructions at the same time and you'll see what I mean wink.gif


Looking hot!


That's one fine slim body right there wink.gif


How she'll look installed in the case (the same orientation)

I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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