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Old July 30, 2013, 08:40 AM
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It didn't work, it dropped a degree or two.
Which is what makes me think that something in the cooler has failed. It's possible that the GPU is simply stupid hot, but that wouldn't be my first guess.
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Old July 30, 2013, 08:42 AM
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Yeah I think so too. Still replacing the cooler could be a pain in the ass when not reference. My case has good airflow, so that won't be the problem.
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Old July 30, 2013, 09:21 AM
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Yeah,the only way you can replace this cooler is find another TF3 cooler,the arctic cooling stuff would not work since it is a non reference board,correct???
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Correct, yes.
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Old July 30, 2013, 01:28 PM
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I've noticed a black covering on the video card covering components. Have you checked to see if it acts as a heat sink for items like the memory chips? Basically I suggest you carefully remove the covering and see if there are thermal pads between the components and the covering. If it does act as a heat sink, you only need to quickly check the height of your components against the height restriction document here. I think the problem with non-ref cards is the placement of the components which would require the aftermarket small heatsinks and those would interfere with the main cooler. So if the black covering acts as a flat heatsink, this isn't a problem for you and you can use an aftermarket cooler.
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Old July 30, 2013, 04:33 PM
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The black is acting as a heatsink for memory and VRM. If you take it off it contains thermal pads yes.
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Old July 30, 2013, 04:47 PM
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I found this:


Source: MSI introduceert GTX 680 Lightning-videokaart - Computer - Nieuws - Tweakers

Dutch article about the GTX 680 Lightning, some discussion in comments about how the 680 lightning can be fit with a xtreme3 cooler.

The last comment is important. I'll translate it:
"You can leave the heatspreader of the VRM and RAm (black thing kirik noticed) on if I'm not mistaken. Same story was for the GTX 580 Lightning."

So he's basicly stating the cooler is compatible with the lightning, and I assume the Arctic Hybrid is as well then.

Edit:
GTX 580 reference PCB:


N580GTX Lightning PCB:


Quite a difference with those

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Old July 30, 2013, 05:59 PM
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looks like you used too much thermal paste to me. I had a friend do this and his temps were way too high. Put a pea sized dot in the middle and allow the heat sink to spread the paste itself. After you tighten it up full... remove it and check for too much paste hanging off the sides of the gpu and evenly spreaded TIM.

If you tighten the heat sink evenly it should spread itself nicely.

If you remove the heatsink and theres excess paste around the edges you've found your problem.
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Too much paste isn't as bad as too little paste. See this post. Obviously this is an extreme just to see the result. But when you have too little paste you leave parts of the surface uncovered. Since there is essentially no contact between the die and heatsink it's almost as if those areas are insulated. I do agree with letting the heatsink pressure spread the paste around though. Right now the failed heatsink is likely causing more problems than the amount of paste.

Looks like you can get an aftermarket cooler in case MSI can't or won't help you out.
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The problem is aftermarket coolers probably won't fit my card.
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