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Thermal pads leaking, what to do?

Okay, i got a RX 570 Gigabyte Aorus 4GB.

The backplate has 2 HUGE and THICK thermal pads. One is for the backside of the VRMs, the other, for the backside of the core.
Both seem to be "bleeding".

The GPU hard-crashes at 81*C Core temp, meaning, it reaches 105*C somewhere.

I would presume, if the pads leaked, they are not cooling well.

Currently, the only thermal pads that are available in the shops around, are Grizzly Thermal Pad Minus, and Thermal Pad TC300/550/600.

I would presume, the Grizzly are way better. I need suggestions, on what to do, when i have leaking pads, and how to see if my overheating issue is due to them.

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how does a thermal pad leak?

if the thermal pads are old, replace them. figure out what thickness the OG pads are and buy that thickness replacements.

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how does a thermal pad leak?

if the thermal pads are old, replace them. figure out what thickness the OG pads are and buy that thickness replacements.
They "cry/bleed". The oil they have starts leaking. It literally soaked the bottom half of my card. The pads are like 2 year tops old. Same age as the GPU.

Does a GPU really needs a thermal pad on the backplate?

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That's pretty normal I feel. The last three cards all did this. I replaced the TIM as soon as I get cards now days with much higher end stuff. The leaking is minimized at that point. To clean it, just use some rubbing alcohol. No biggy.

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That's pretty normal I feel. The last three cards all did this. I replaced the TIM as soon as I get cards now days with much higher end stuff. The leaking is minimized at that point. To clean it, just use some rubbing alcohol. No biggy.
You have replaced the thermal paste, but what about the thermal pads?

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You can buy those too off of Newegg that are probably better quality than stock.

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they're seeping non conductive oils from inside them. It's technically fine. You should see the ooze on the back of my X79 board from when I modded a 1U Dynatron cooler to back plate. Still no issues all these years later.

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they're seeping non conductive oils from inside them. It's technically fine. You should see the ooze on the back of my X79 board from when I modded a 1U Dynatron cooler to back plate. Still no issues all these years later.
The thing in question is, the GPU started overheating like crazy. Reaches 81*C according to sensors, and hard crashes, because the ASIC temp is like 100*C.

Do i need the thermal pads on the back of the GPU, on the GPU core backside and the backside of the VRMs?

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Quote: Originally Posted by ku4eto View Post
They "cry/bleed". The oil they have starts leaking. It literally soaked the bottom half of my card. [...]
I heard this happens when the thermal pad is too thick for the space where you use it. It starts losing oil when it's getting compressed. Supposedly a thermal pad with exactly the right thickness doesn't lose oil.

I'm not sure how true this is.
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They age, overheat and can start leaking.

So your cards runs hot, repaste it, replace leaky pads. They sell them from China for a couple bucks. Same colors and probably even source as those used on retail GPUs, don't dream that they are using some crazy high end thermal pads there. You can buy some better pads, if you believe the marketing, from say Akasa and other more known brands in computer parts shops, some sell these but they cost 10x such as $20 instead of $2 and that's for a 10x10cm piece.
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