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Thermal memory pads on X1950XTX

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Sasqui, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. Sasqui

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    I have a HIS X1950XTX and was going to beef up the cooling by adding a GPU watercooler... I also want to improve the memory cooling (if possible.) The card has the same reference RAM heatsink shown here (courtesy of W1zzards review of the X1950XTX):

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    The thermal pads are about 1.5mm thick, and I don't know if I should:


    - Scrape them off and use Arctic silver or thinner thermal pads (have to knock down the mounts so the HS would come in contact - that may be tricky)
    - Remove the HS and install 8 single ramsinks
    - Just leave them and the RAM cooler as is... it looks like I can put on the GPU block and leave the RAM heatsink as is.

    W1zzards review is here: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ATI/X1950XTX/
     
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    Anyone...
     
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    i would just add the waterblock and leave the ramsinks as is
     
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    I think thats good advice... but damn, I can't help but think the thermal pads look more like insulating gum. without knowing who made it, wish I could find some thermal specs on the crap.
     
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    if you wanted to change the thermal material i would go with arctic silver...just use a very small amount it look as if there are screws that hold it down so that might be a good way to go if your wanting to overclock the hell out of it
     
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    TO HELL WITH YOU, MEMORY! LOL... the thing that sucks is the "C" shaped memory cooler has so much slop, that thermal pads are almost warranted - what "pads" offer the best thermal transfer?

    Oh and W1zzard - if you catch this - did you have to heat up the card when pulling the HS off the memory?
     
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    Id say if you were to go arctic cooling, drop the idea of it. Get some Zalman heatsinks, youll be more satisfied with the result. Apart from that, the stock ramsinks with the thermal pads is okay, whats wrong with it? It only as a slightly less amount of heat transfer.

    It would be best if the ramsinks were made from copper.
     
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    copper bga ramsinks are what you want. i think thermaltake has some ones that fit perfectly
     
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