I'm going to disassemble, clean, and apply new TIM on my HD 4890. I've heard that the memory thermal pads can sometimes tear when the card's disassembled because they can sometimes dry out. Does anyone know where I could get replacement memory pads just like the factory ones? The factory ones are those soft, jelly-like ones that area sticky, but have no permanent adhesive. They're kind of like those silly wall-crawling or frog's tongue toys that get sticky when moist. They should be approximately 2 inches long to cover 4 memory modules at once, and all I need is a twin-pack.
I've looked all over and contacted several places, but all I've been able to find are those permanent 3M pads. (If I wanted those, I'd just go to RadioShack.)
I have to use pads because TIM won't fill the gap between the ram and the reference 4890 heatsink. I ran into a similar issue with an 8800GT. Fortunately the replacement cooler came with thermal pads. This time I'm not swapping for an aftermarket cooler with all the extras. I just want to be prepared for a worst-case scenario if the original pads are dried out or tear when the cooler's removed.