ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Ti TUF shipped without GDDR6X thermal pads, ouch

Reddit user finds no thermal pads on the GDDR6X memory of his brand new ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Ti TUF Gaming OC graphics card.

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You kinda need thermal pads on the thermal pads of the GDDR6X memory of your new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, or GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card -- but two Redditors have discovered the lack of thermal pads on their new cards.

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One of them was the ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Ti TUF Gaming OC graphics card which Reddit user 'kamaloo922' saw his 12GB of GDDR6X memory running at up to 110C. He put some thermal pads down on the GDDR6X memory modules and the temps dropped down to 80C.

Another Redditor found that the GDDR6X memory modules on his NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition were misplaced, as well as the thermal pad on the GPU itself -- the GPU temps dropped from 76C to just 61C.

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You shouldn't have to rip apart your multi-thousand-dollar graphics card, that has come off the assembly line, with thermal pads not on the card -- or even a finger cot inside. It's weird how all of these cases are coming out now, when FAR LESS graphics cards are being sold due to shortages, than ever before.

But I don't remember writing about thermal pad issues and finger cots a few years ago.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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