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Looks like chipping and come oxidation. I went ahead and install it. One of the main chip screws sheered off into the block so not much I can do now but it seems 100℅ no moving on the PCB...
I hope you took it apart and cleaned/washed it out before mounting it on your card. Also "One of the main chip screws sheered off into the block" I hope you never have to remove it to:
A) Send the video card in for RMA
B) Take the block apart for regular maintenance
Good luck with that-
Sorry for the long break between an update. I have been using it since it's here and never got a response back from the seller. So I decided to try my luck contacting EKWB. I showed them the same pictures and where I bought it, they told me to just try an RMA request on their site. Sure enough the awesome people at EK just emailed me this:
We will dispatch:
- spare Nickel part
- the mounting set
- the thermal paste and pads
So even though not a direct customer they are taking care of me, they have definitely gained a new customer from here on out!