One slip of the blade and a new mobo is the only fix.
How about one slip of the solder gun
Now, with the tip of your soldering iron/gun, apply heat to the top of the plate, directly over the upper left corner of the GPU.
You're heating it at the very spot that the card itself "expects" to be cooled from. Not a good idea.
Largely because it was my experience that the razor blade had the propensity to do more damage. The amount of pressure one needs to exert with the razor blade, the tight space in which there is to work and the fact that the condition was caused by heat in the first place, makes heat the logical solution.
That was your
experience with one
fan. I've swapped literally hundreds of them, sometimes with a few choice words coming out of my mouth, but never damaging anything, and using only a thin screwdriver or a razor blade - for the most stubborn fans.
Unless one gets very happy with a chisel
when removing the fan, physical damage is extremely unlikely to occur.
Given the history of GPU issues on T4x/R5x machines, the number of heating/cooling cycles should be minimized by all means necessary. That *is* a fact.
doubting that you were succesful whatsoever. However, the method you're prescribing involves risks that are a huge "no-no" on an ATi-based machine from this generation.
I do hope that you'll stay with this forum and visit and share often. It's a great place to be. I've learned a ton of stuff here myself.