Due to the large number of requests and misinformation posted in various locations, we're going to add all the information about the pads and locations to put thermal pads, if you'd like to try this yourself. This will not be a comprehensive walkthrough. I'll probably add links to the various installation guides when I can make them available. Remember, this is optional, and this post is only for people who want to purchase pads themselves. If you are wary over getting the wrong pads, then simply go to our Thermal Mod page
and request a Thermal Mod Kit, or request a RMA for EVGA to do this for you.
Again, if you don't have a card on the Thermal Mod list, do not attempt this. There are many reasons for this, such as your card will not benefit from this (e.g. blower models), you have a different brand of card (can't imagine what could go wrong there...), or you could potentially damage a card not designed for this mod.
GTX 1060s are excluded from this list, since the Thermal Mod kit for these models includes a baseplate, which does not come stock with the GTX 1060, and would render your attempt to improve the 1060 futile.
I will not post links to manufacturers of thermal pads, because we won't suggest brands to use. Members may certainly suggest options in the comments, however.
Due to the similarity of PCB designs, there are only four real differences between these models, so I will list the models that apply to each, rather than sort by GTX 1080, GTX 1070, etc. It's also important to note that different sets of cards may use a different thickness for the baseplate pads. Please read carefully before purchasing any pads. EVGA will not be responsible for your mistake in purchasing pads, considering EVGA is offering Themal Pad Mods free of charge. DO NOT STACK PADS. THIS CAN GREATLY DIMINISH COOLING PERFORMANCE.
If you cannot find pads long enough or wide enough, however, it's perfectly acceptable to simply place them next to each other end-to-end or side-by-side. If you choose to purchase new pads, however, make sure all pads are the correct thickness first.
All of these cards now use different memory pads, or are modified with the Thermal Mod kit, so this information will apply to all models below: Memory Thermal Pads:
1x Small, two memory chip pad: 15mm x 33mm x 1.5mm +/- 0.1mm
2x Larger, three memory chip pad: 15mm x 50mm x 1.5mm +/- 0.1mm
Here's a location guide for any of these baseplates. You may also place the thermal pads directly on the memory instead, but you may find it easier using the baseplate:
Now, to card specific thermal pads: GTX 1080 Classified
The Classified Mod requires the addition of four thermal pads. At this time, I don't have an alternate suggestion for the pads. All four pads are required. Note that the Classified is the only card on this list that does not place a thermal pad between the baseplate and heatsink/fan. However, the Classified is also the only card adding a larger thermal pad on the PCB side between the baseplate and PCB.
1x 17mm x 95mm x 1.5mm +/- 0.1mm
1x 11mm x 32mm x 1.5mm +/- 0.1mm
1x 19mm x 95mm x 2mm +/- 0.1mm
1x 19mm x 55mm x 2mm +/- 0.1mm
For the Baseplate: This is the PCB side of the baseplate facing you. Note the circled pads. The longer of the two pads requires you to remove the old, skinny thermal pad on the PCB before applying the new one. Likewise, the shorter thermal pad should be placed on the narrow strip underneath the red thermal pad in the image:
For the Backplate: For this image, ignore the blue sections as they aren't thermal pads; instead, it's simply the reflective sticker on the backplate. The circled images are locations are rubber standoffs that need to be removed prior to adding the new thermal pads (i.e. the big red rectangle and smaller red rectangle):
Next up, the FTW cards. We've found two different thermal pad configurations that work similarly, so I'll give you both the standard Thermal Mod kit sizes, and also the alternate choice in pads, which might be easier to locate: GTX 1080 FTW and FTW DT
08G-P4-6284GTX 1070 FTW and FTW DT
As noted earlier, these cards share the same PCB, and thus share the same instructions. Here are the pads: Regular Thermal Mod Pads
Baseplate (Narrow): 1x 26mm x 110mm x 1mm +/- 0.1mm
Backplate (Wide): 1x 58mm x 110mm x 2mm +/- 0.1mm
Regular Backplate (make sure to remove any rubber standoffs under the shaded section): Alternate Thermal Mod Pads
Alternate Baseplate (Really narrow): 1x 8.5mm x 110mm x 1mm +/- 0.1mm
Alternate Backplate (Narrower):
1x 19mm x 110mm x 2mm +/- 0.1mm
1x 19mm x 55mm x 2mm +/- 0.1mm
Alternate Baseplate Pad:
Alternate Backplate Pads (make sure to remove rubber standoffs in the same area you would for the regular Thermal Mod pad):
So, let me explain. You may mix and match baseplate and backplate choices. If you choose the alternate backplate, however, you must use both pads. There will be no cooling performance difference, so long as you properly install the pads. GTX 1080 and 1070 ACX 3.0 and ACX 3.0 SC
cards: GTX 1080 ACX 3.0 and ACX 3.0 SC
08G-P4-6183 - EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC ACX 3.0 - Primary BIOS (86.04.3b.00.82)
08G-P4-6181 - EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 ACX 3.0 - Primary BIOS (86.04.3b.00.82)GTX 1070 ACX 3.0 and ACX 3.0 SC
08G-P4-6173 - EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC ACX 3.0 - Primary BIOS (86.04.50.00.72)
08G-P4-6171 - EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 ACX 3.0 - Primary BIOS (86.04.50.00.72)
Similar to the FTW cards, there is both a Regular Thermal Mod set of pads and an alternate. However, the ACX 3.0 and ACX 3.0 SC only have a single backplate pad used as an alternate: Regular Thermal Mod Pads
Baseplate (Narrow): 26mm x 93.4mm x 1.5mm +/- 0.1mm
Backplate (Wide): 58mm x 93.4mm x 2mm +/- 0.1mm
Regular Backplate (remove any rubber standoffs underneath the shaded area):
Again, the alternates look slightly different, but maintain the same cooling performance. Also, unlike the FTW cards, there is only a single backplate pad: Alternate Thermal Mod Pads
Alternate Baseplate (Really narrow): 1x 8.5mm x 93.4mm x 1.5mm +/- 0.1mm
Alternate Backplate (Narrower): 1x 19mm x 93.4mm x 2mm +/- 0.1mm
Alternate Baseplate (Review the FTW Alternate Baseplate picture above if you want to see exactly where this goes. Same concept, just different size pad):
Alternate Backplate (remove any rubber standoffs located in the area shaded by the original backplate pad above):
Lastly, we get to the GTX 1070 Black Edition cards, which do not feature a backplate. As such, there's only two options for baseplates. GTX 1070 Black Edition and Black Edition SC
Baseplate (Narrow): 1x 26mm x 93.4mm x 1.5mm +/- 0.1mm
Baseplate Alternate (Really narrow): 1x 8.5mm x 93.4mm x 1.5mm +/- 0.1mm
Regular Baseplate Pad (yes, same as above for 1080 and 1070 ACX 3.0 and ACX 3.0 SC):
Alternate Baseplate Pad (yes, same as above for 1080 and 1070 ACX 3.0 and ACX 3.0 SC):
As noted above, this is not designed to be an installation guide, but a reference for those willing to do this themselves. I'll keep an eye on the comments if something needs clarification. Otherwise, this is a DIY project.
Edit: I'll put the VBIOS links on this page, as well. No new updates on that front, compared to Jacob's thread. Just adding it for people who want to make sure they've done everything. Incomplete as of 11/22.
Edit2: Re-added the images, as they seem to have disappeared.
post edited by EVGATech_LeeM - 2018/10/31 13:52:32