For anyone trying to apply liquid metal to an Asus RTX 2080 TI Strix card, don't bother! After applying Conductonaut to both the die and die plate, I saw increased temperatures compared to stock (from 64C to 69C during load). Screws were all tightened in a X pattern. Most likely, the cooler plate does not make perfect contact with the die and the liquid metal cannot bridge the gap, being less viscous than thermal paste. I have cleaned the conductonaut and applied Kryonaut. I am now back to identical stock temperatures.
In conclusion, the stock thermal paste used by Asus is as good as it gets (with a margin of 1-2C). Don't bother opening the card and repasting.