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How to remove thermal adhesive

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I've got a GTX 1080 FE that I modded with an Arctic Accelero Xtreme III. I have now decided to go back to the founder edition cooler and I need to remove the heatsinks that I added to the card (see attached file).

 

How do I remove the thermal adhesive? Ideally I would like the card to work after taking them off. I've looked at other online posts but there is a lot of conflicting information and some posts are more than 10 years old.

 

Thanks in advance!

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You could try using a heat gun to melt the glue, but there’s no easy way to get it off. Honestly i think trying to removing the heat syncs at this point is a mistake. In the future there is thermal tape you can use that isn’t as permanent. If you don’t like the Accelero I would grab a kraken g12 and an AIO. 

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17 hours ago, FleetGamer0928 said:

 

If you're selling the card and want it stock I highly suggest you try and sell it with that cooler instead of ref. You risk damaging the card regardless of the method and honestly that aftermarket cooler seems pretty good.

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