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OR... you could just get a 1090T and not have to fiddle with it. But where's the fun in that, A.I.R.?
Have you tried just running the 970 without the lid? I have done that on old de-lidded AMD chips before
Me too. Plenty of times. Here's what I've found.
Bare die cooling is only better at sub ambient.
Ambient cooling needs the IHS for surface area to spread out the heat load.
That cpu heatspreader is hardly "polished". If it was properly lapped it would look nothing like that.
1100T is simply not cost effective. They still go for $150-200 on eBay. I can get a 960T for $40 and get the same results, plus have a little more fun with the fine tuning. Who doesn't love a good challenge?
After all, I cant change my avatar midstride... I'm in too deep now!!! I've already taken the red pill!