Some time ago, we already told you about a designer who enjoyed presenting Copper thermal pads to cool the RTX 3000 more efficiently. This manipulation made it possible to reduce memory temperatures by 46 ° C when used in mining. Well, it appears that it is also possible to purchase copper heatsinks for certain models of graphics cards, and it has been for a while now.
NVIDIA RTX 3000 . GDDR6(X) Memory Dedicated Copper Plates
In fact, some specialty retailers offer copper plates for some graphics cards. Thus the company CoolMyGPU It offers it not only for Founders Edition, but also for custom cards from NVIDIA partner brands. Copper plates are $57 to $65 excluding postage and excluding thermal paste which will be applied additionally. Much more expensive than the simple copper heat pads we saw the first time. On the other hand, installation is facilitated.
Again, it’s DandyWorks, already in the original mod with copper pads, which we show this in a video at the end of this article. The procedure is very simple and all you have to do is clean the memory thoroughly and apply thermal paste for the magic to work. But again beware of short circuits, copper is a highly conductive element. The copper plate should not touch any component, so you must be very careful when installing it. In addition, such an operation obviously voids the manufacturer’s warranty.
Speaking of the results, here’s what DandyWorls got (GPU/Memory Temp):
- Cyberpunk 2077 – Before: 78°C / 88°C, After: 75°C / 70°C
- Ethereum mining – before: 65°C/94°C, after: 58°C/75°C
- OctaneBench – Before: 78°C/92°C, After: 78°C/76°C
Although it is the memory that heats up less, it also affects the temperature of the GPU itself, but to a lesser extent.
Remember that GDDR6(X) memory has a maximum junction temperature of 100°C and can easily rise to 120°C in some scenarios such as mining. To avoid damaging the memory chips, this is the step you should not take. On the other hand, cards are designed not to exceed this limit (for example usingheat suffocation), but why not check it yourself by optimizing the cooling system if the temperatures remain too high for your taste? After all, the better the card is cooled, the longer it will last, at least in theory.