Even if time is extremely short, I’m happy to help the community once in a while, because this case seemed almost unsolvable for the user. During the deconstruction of a Gainward RTX 2080 Ti Phoenix GS pretty much everything went wrong that could go wrong to end up with GPU temperatures of over 90 °C (hotspot 110 °C) again and again, even after countless attempts, which was indiscussable and not usable (up to emergency shutdown). Even the heights of the pads were correct, which were specially checked by the manufacturer.
Well, at least in theory, because how is a user supposed to know how the manufacturer combines the thickness and the degree of hardness of the pads in such a way that the highest possible manufacturing tolerances can also be reliably compensated? The user, on the other hand, always buys pads only according to the printed values of thermal conductivity, but never pays attention to their hardness. A lot of money spent for nothing! To make sure that doesn’t happen, we need to talk today. Because I also counter-prove that a “crumb” pad with “only” 3.5 W/mK can work better in case of doubt than expensive pads with 7 W/mK or more, if they are too hard and therefore completely unsuitable.
The customer had also used shorter spring bolts to achieve more contact pressure, but the length alone does not guarantee a change. But I’ll get to that in a minute. At least no stone was left unturned, even if all the efforts ended up producing nothing except unnecessary extra costs. Therefore I let soften with to rebuild the card again professionally and to lead back with it also into the commodity cycle. In times of scarce offers certainly not the worst solution!
I have to preface this with one thing, though, because I’m definitely not a garage. I would really like to ask you to refrain from inquiries if I could rebuild or repair one or the other, unless it is really such a difficult case as today. I like to help (in an absolute emergency), but only members of our community and then also not commercially, but purely as a private person with a very small time window and also only in their own free time. Please understand that, because it’s getting a bit much lately.