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Thermal pad on a gpu!?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have a few old parts lying around and I decided to build a pc. It's an lga 775 system with a core 2 quad q9650, msi p7n sli platinum, 4gb ddr2 800 mhz, a generic 512gb hdd and a corsair cx500 watts psu. The only component missing was the graphics card. 

 

So I went online and searched for a gpu of that era. I found a gtx 580 for 25 euros and In its description the guy selling it said that it was artifacting when he stopped using it about 3 years ago. 

 

I was able to negotiate with him since he couldn't confirm that it was even working, and got it for 5 euros. 

 

Got home and started the cleaning process. When I opened it and removed the shroud I saw a thermal pad on top of the gpu... And I was like... WTF!? The worst part is that it wasn't even covering the whole gpu... The thermal pads on the vram were also crumbling a part. 

I have never seen thermal pads on gpus, maybe it was normal back in 2010? I don't know... 

 

So I put new thermal pads on the vram and thermal paste on the gpu and now it is working. No artifacts.

 

Yes it can run Crysis!! 

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Thermal pads are commonly used on VRAM chips and VRMs to help with heat transfer


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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, Quadriplegic said:

Thermal pads are commonly used on VRAM chips and VRMs to help with heat transfer

I know about thermal pads on vrm and vram.. But not on the gpu die itself... 

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Just now, nuclear465 said:

I know about thermal pads on vrm and vram.. But not on the gpu die itself... 

Ah, that. 

Seems like previous owner replaced thermal paste with thermal pads. 


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the only similar thing i have seen was that there was a thermal pad used on an old laptop with an AMD K6 chip, that was pretty strange


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