Originally Posted by TissueBox
No luck. I cleaned off the old paste on both the cooler and the GPU with isopropyl alcohol and applied a pea-sized amount of Phanteks PH-NDC to the centre of the GPU. Temps haven't changed one bit
Both fans were at 100% and the case was opened. Guess the next thing to do would be to install the drivers again before I RMA it
... I'm currently on 12.11 Beta
Pea size, and no spread? For GPU you really want to spread the thermal compound evenly with a creditcard (or similar thing) 'till the paste covers the whole gpu chip; this way it will yield better temperatures for the gpu core. I have tested this back in the days when I had a Geforce 8800GTS 512 MB; the temperature difference can be as big as 5 degrees celsius at full load in Furmark.
And some videocards suffer from bad contact from the VGA cooler's heatsink with the GPU core due to some screws have 'stops' on them; the solution is to use washers to increase the mounting pressure. Read more about it in Techpowerup's review of a Power Color HD 7990 here