Previous thread, somewhat unrelated but details the temps that I was seeing: https://forums.evga.com/2...-m2979940.aspx#2979940
TL;DR: 83 C in an open case (side panel off). Might go higher if it weren't throttling at that point.
Stock: (notice the lack of paste in the upper part of the die)
Reapplied with line method (GC Extreme): (after screwing as tight as possible without damaging the PCB)
Unfortunately same result.
I have copper shims but unfortunately they don't fit the rectangular size of this particular RTX die and part of it hangs over the metal parts around the die, way too risky.
I thought it might have been the thermal pads right above the die but I got the same result even when all thermal pads on the VRM plate were removed. Sigh.
I also inconveniently ran out of paste after taking that last picture so I can't test if putting more paste around the upper part of the die would fix it, though I presume it would help. I don't think it would solve the high temps completely though because of how uneven the mounting pressure is.
I just wanted to share this information because I've had unreasonably high temps with this card and telling other owners that it might be worth reapplying TIM on this card. Also, EVGA please don't ignore QC on budget cards.
post edited by eBombzor - 2019/08/21 00:19:16