On removing ATI thermal pad

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What is the best method of removing the yellow ATI thermal pad?

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Alcohol. And you should really feel blessed that they were willing to replace the card you obviously screwed up. If I were you, would count my blessings and not mess around with the card a second time.
 

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Dont listen you got that card for one reason to burn it up.And lets us know what core you got with that card once you got that stuff off.

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leave him alone! hes checking to see if he has a R350 core just like i told him to =D

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Actually he may be removing it to send it to me (I sent him GW's to help with the RMA). If that's the case don't worry on all counts, no effort is the point.

Otherwise use 90+% isopropyl alcohol, you may have to check more than one pharmacy since most cary 50-80% with 70% being the most common.Anything below 90% has wood esther particles etc, and can leave residue.


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I think you are right... the stuff I have is 70%... I will look for 90+%... but what after that... I have used q-tips, but that didn't seem to do the job... guys, go through all the steps that have worked, if you would... the yellow pad is not easy to get off... it all should be taken off, right, even the stuff over the edge of the gpu...

If I was breaking every computer part I got my hands on, that would be one thing, and the guys here would let me have it... but messing up this 9700 is my first major, unrecoverable, overclocking blunder... so I am now somewhat gunshy, but I have come to live for this sh1t, and I have every intention of getting the most out of my new card... and I am not one of the members here that posts insane numbers that no one believes... I am fairly conservitive in my overclocking, and even though I scratched my gpu [my best guess on what happened], I was cautious, and I took my time while doing it :smile:

BTW... I have not cleaned it yet, for I just got back in town, but I can read R300 on it... too bad...

And who has not taken back a product when they were the one who broke it... I think it is good business for ATI... I have no doubt my next card will be a BBA...

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Yeah you will have to let it soak in it a bit, and rub the HSF vigourously, not so vigourous on the GPU. Considering the robustness of HSFs you could use paint thinnner, which works wonders on CPU HSF for me, of course after wards clean with the alcohol to remove any residue. Do not use on GPU itself cause that stuff may damage the PCB.

It does take time but a Q-tips and alcohol should do fine.
<A HREF="http://server5.uploadit.org/files/TheGrapeApe-R9500P_HSF.jpg" target="_new">Here's a clean-up job of GW's R9500Pro</A> that I did quickly just to have it clean (less than 2 mins) for the pic a few months back. Just alcohol and some mild pressure with a Q-tip will do wonders. Try and get it all off, but don't worry about every last smidgin. Eventually it will simply mix in with whatever you replace it with, the main thing is to have the surface clean, the edges are a minor issue, but a good idea.

As for being gun shy, heck we all hit that moment. My core OC's pretty good, but I saw Crashman get some mighty high memory sprint OCs and it made me wonder, what's the absolute max I can take my memory for just a 15-20min benchmark run? Well I went from 373.50 to 377 and Ran Aquamark, I was the Kaleidascope tearing like some people here saw before their cards fried. I only saw it for 5 secs. But damn didn't that stop my cavalier attitude for a while. We all get back in the saddle again and test the envelope, but the thing is to be smart and vigilant about it.

As for loyalty to a company that treats you right, I sent back a Laptop to IBM that was damaged while Roller-Blading from school at night (stupid rut in sidewalk!), they didn't even ask me about it they simply replaced the LCD no questions asked. That really made a good impression on me. They got 3 more laptops from me, and if I decide to go with a non-gaming next month, then I will get another IBM.


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I use ORANGE GEL on this kind of thing.

It's by far the best thing you can ever get your hands on for jobs like this, fellowes... give it a try once, and never go back!

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No...he should stick to alcohol.

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i was just wondering about you

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I just picked up some 99% alcohol... I guess I can put the 70% bottle back in the medicine cabnet :smile:

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I wonder about you too Phial:)

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