Originally Posted by 8051
If the whole IC is covered w/the same piece of thermal tape I'd guess the thermal tape would conduct the heat to the heatsink/heat plate even if it weren't directly contacting the heatsink/heat plate so maybe it would be a good idea. The other thing to consider though is that thermal tape is sticky and it will attract dust.
Stop feeding the trolls!
They already beat the horse to death in the other thread, they're either trolling or just looking for a problem that was never there. The fact that the GPU works and doesn't throttle should have been enough. The fact that ram barely needs to be cooled should have been enough.
Originally Posted by ciarlatano
...the memory here requires very little in the way of active cooling, if any at all. As @white owl
already pointed out, contact with half the chip will provide some active cooling to the whole chip. Adding more thermal pads will actually be counterproductive, as it will not allow air to move over the chip.
To assume that adding more pad over it would cool better would be about the same as adding paste to a CPU with no cooler and thinking "it'll help transfer heat to the air more good". -or- a CPU with a cooler only cooling half the chip. Obviously that paste isn't helping.
If the chip conducts heat better than the pad (it does), all you're doing is putting a jacket over the other side.
Intel CPUs with factory paste have the same "thermal imbalance" since one or two cores can be 10c hotter than the other which is likely a much higher delta that what's you'd see cooling half of a 5w ram chip.