We now have the 7970 in two pieces; the PCB and the heatsink. Notice that one of the thermal pads that cool the memory chips has remained on the PCB - this can be peeled off by hand (assuming your hands are cleaned with soap and are oil-free) and attached to the appropriate place on the heatsink. Try not to lose or damage the thermal pads; you'll have to buy a replacement. PCCG <u><a href="http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=207_335" target="_blank">stock them</a></u> as an example.
 

We now have the 7970 in two pieces; the PCB and the heatsink. Notice that one of the thermal pads that cool the memory chips has remained on the PCB - this can be peeled off by hand (assuming your hands are cleaned with soap and are oil-free) and attached to the appropriate place on the heatsink. Try not to lose or damage the thermal pads; you'll have to buy a replacement. PCCG stock them as an example.

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AMD Radeon HD 7970 Reference Disassembly Guide

Tutorial: We show you how to pull apart the AMD Radeon 7970 graphics card, and see what's inside.

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