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Cooling Thermal Tape or Adhesive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Lankius Maximus, 15 Dec 2017.

  1. Lankius Maximus

    Lankius Maximus Minimodder

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    I am looking to install an Accelero Xtreme III on my GPU however I will have to attach several memory heatsinks in the process. In you experience should I go with a paste adhesive such as.......

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Arctic-Alu...r=8-1&keywords=arctic+silver+thermal+adhesive

    or a tape such as.....

    https://www.amazon.com/Akasa-ak-tt12-80-Thermal-Adhesive-Tape/dp/B001GIM9V8

    I understand the ceramic will be more conductive however I have concerns regards its longevity.

    Any advice would be apreciated.
     
  2. Big Elf

    Big Elf Oh no! Not another f----ing elf!

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    The problem with the adhesive is that unless you dilute it with extra thermal paste you won't be able to remove without a bit of luck/damage.

    I've used that particular brand of thermal tape and never had a heatsink fall off or had any apparent problems with overheating. However none of the GPU's I've used it on have had a memory temp sensor so can't give actual temperature results.
     
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  3. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Staff

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    I've used that thermal glue to attach heatsinks to my gpu backplate and it's pretty strong stuff. I wouldn't use it on memory chips as it will pull them out the pcb if you were to ever try and remove them.
     
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  4. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    I used tape several years ago fitting an Accelero to some gpu or other, I think a 4870x2. Seemed to do the trick even if i was a bit dubious to start with.

    I wouldn't feel comfortable putting anything too strong on a memory chip.
     
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  5. Lankius Maximus

    Lankius Maximus Minimodder

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    Thanks for the advice. Gone for the tape as I will probably want to put the old heatsink back on when I upgrade to a new GPU.
     

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