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Questions on Strix 1070\1080 TIM, and a curious observation.

SinisterDev85
Level 11
Hi everyone! Been a little while since I've created a topic on here. I have some questions about the Strix and an interesting observation I made while watching teardown videos online.

First off, I got a 1070 Strix OC earlier this year and I absolutely love it! Couldn't be happier with it. (unless it magically transformed into a 1080ti :p) It overclocks like a champ, doesn't get too hot. Big upgrade over my old 970.
So... I love to tinker. And I just picked up my first tube of Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut tim and can't wait to use it. I plan on taking apart mine and my wife's gaming PCs soon and start replacing the old tim on the Cpus, Gpus, and possibly motherboards. Something I enjoy doing every year or so.

In my research of the Strix 10 series cards teardowns, I noticed some people whom have done multiple teardowns observed an inconsistency in the manufacturing process of the cards. Ill include a photo below to show what I'm talking about. Apparently some of the 1070 and 1080 cards come with thermal pads covering the modules I circled and some don't. However, not having pads on those modules doesn't seem to hinder performance or cause the memory modules to overheat that I know of. Any ideas why some of the cards don't have thermal pads on those modules?

My next question is, anyone know what the w/mk rating of the stock termal pads used on the Strix cards is? And what thicknesses are used? I figured If I eventually decide to re-tim the gpu, I might add some thermal tape to those uncovered memory modules, and If im in there already, I may as well replace the stock pads with better ones. I've got some Fugipoly 17 W/mk pads laying around.
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SinisterDev85
Level 11
Dang, no comments after all this time? Bummer...
Well, Happy New Year everyone!
ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero Apex | Intel i9 11900k @5.5ghz | G. Skill Trident Z 32gb@4000mhz | WD SN850x 4gb/WD SN850 2gb | Gigabyte Aorus Master 3080Ti | EVGA Supernova G2 1300w | Windows 11 Pro