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980 ti waterblock issue

- - - - - 980ti waterblock backplate watercooling Heatkiller IV xl soldering lugs

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Hi, I am in the process of upgrading my water cooled pc and really need some expert advice. I have just purchased a GTX 980ti graphics card and fitted the Heatkiller IV XL full waterblock and back plate. My problem is due to the last paragraph in the instructions for fitting the backplate:-


'Prior to the first commissioning of the graphics card with installed back plate, the distances between soldering lugs and back plate should be inspected visually. The soldering lugs of the electronic components may not touch the back plate. This could result in an electrical short circuit that would damage the hardware. The distance is generally sufficiently dimensioned. Production may however cause soldering lugs that are too long on a few graphics cards. In this case the card must not be commissioned with an installed back plate. If the card is nevertheless commissioned, then this will be at one's own risk'


Even with a light shining behind it is very hard to see if the soldering lugs are touching the back plate, certainly some seem to be extremely close. I need advice in what to do about this, has anyone come across an issue like this previously? Should I try and shorten the longest of the soldering lugs with a soldering iron? Any help and advice with this would be greatly appreciated.




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Electrical insulation tape usually does a good job here.. Stops any soldered joints touching the backplate underneath of it.


Only use this in places that don't get hot.

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