3090 thermal pads

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Hey Guys just wanted a bit of advice with a new 3090 I got (i know I lucked out ) It's Gaming x trio model and seems to be running fine however I noticed one of the thermal pads on the card is barley making contact with the capacitors like at all and just wanted to know if its anything I should be concerned about? sorry for the slightly useless red circle but it's really hard to get good light.

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Hard to see anything on that photo where is marked with red.
 

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Hard to see anything on that photo where is marked with red.
+1... no offence OP but can't see [***CENSORED***] on the photo you posted. :(

Pretty much everyone got like 100MP camera on their phone now days.. surely you can take better photo if you can afford 3090..
 
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+1... no offence OP but can't see [***CENSORED***] on the photo you posted. :(

Pretty much everyone got like 100MP camera on their phone now days.. surely you can take better photo if you can afford 3090..
Hahahah fair, yeah the pic's bad but basically the red circle is where the thermal pad is just sitting making contact with sweet f all. the one on the other side is making full contact looks like it was just hastily put together.
 

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Well hopefully it's not a factory error cos you don't want expensive 3090 that's gonna become faulty in near future due to one dodgy thermal pad..

I should get my 3090 Gaming X early next week(finally) so I'll also post photo of mine on the same spot.
 
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I'm not overly concerned about faults, there's a 3 year warranty for starters and having done a little digging on cooling capacitors the general consensus seems to be that it's not needed. It also seems some 3090 manufactures don't bother with it the Gigabyte cards don't seem to have active cap cooling from what I've seen so this could just be MSI overdoing it, or at least trying to. it's also worth mentioning that support say this shouldn't be an issue either.

Please do post the picture though as it'll be interesting to see if I just got unlucky or if it is a factory level error.
 

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The black one on the photo, think its not a thermal pad,
but just to prevent a direct contact between capacitor and heatsink. [protect from physicals damage]
 
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Yours is making almost full contact by the looks of it, it's gotta be a thermal pad I've never seen a GPU come with pads to stop contact with the cooler not sure if I should RMA really don't want it causing issues down the line, if they've bothered to put a pad there there has got to be a reason.
 

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I wouldn't worry too much if I were as long as your card is running 100% stable.
Cos it's not like that thermal pad is used to for the VRAM or the VRM.. so it should be fine imo
 
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