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New GPU, should I replace thermal paste immediately?

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Hi,

I bought a new GPU and I am wondering if I should be replacing the thermal paste from the manufacturers paste to something more premium?

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Unless there is an issue with it, no. If there is an issue with it, return it.
 
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Hi,

I bought a new GPU and I am wondering if I should be replacing the thermal paste from the manufacturers paste to something more premium?

Wolvy
I've owned a lot of GPUs and never replaced the TIM nor had any problem that would make me think it would be worth it to do that.

Is your GPU running unusually high temps? If it is then I would just RMA it.
 
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I always do that, force of habit I guess.
The TIM manufacturers used before was usually crappy and applied horribly.
 
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I've owned a lot of GPUs and never replaced the TIM nor had any problem that would make me think it would be worth it to do that. Is your GPU running unusually high temps? If it is then I would just RMA it.
^^ This ^^
 
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If it is then I would just RMA it.
You should never RMA a card if it's within the return window, there is no reason to do so and you'll be setting yourself up for trouble such as being sent back the same card claiming they've "fixed it" or that there was nothing wrong with it.
 
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I've owned a lot of GPUs and never replaced the TIM nor had any problem that would make me think it would be worth it to do that.

Is your GPU running unusually high temps? If it is then I would just RMA it.
No not at all, I have just seen other's say that the thermal paste on a new card is usually substandard and applying premium thermal paste will get better temps. I do plan to overclock the card and that's why I was asking.
 

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I doubt that you need to do that. P.S. if some guys told you to do that... Then I guess they have no clue what they are talking.

In my life I have never changed gpu paste. OC'ed all cards on default paste and had no problems.
 
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I did it in the past but only because I replaced the stock cooler with a giant thermalright cooler for it. :D
These days I just buy a card with a good cooler and leave the card as is.
 

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I did it in the past but only because I replaced the stock cooler with a giant thermalright cooler for it. :D
These days I just buy a card with a good cooler and leave the card as is.
Yup, same for me. If you want silent and better temps then pay 20-50 extra and get non-reference.

P.S. off-topic I got for very cheap price for evga gtx 1080 ti sc2. Which is CRAP in my opinion after of using it more than 1 year...
 
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No not at all, I have just seen other's say that the thermal paste on a new card is usually substandard and applying premium thermal paste will get better temps. I do plan to overclock the card and that's why I was asking.
Who told you that? That may have been true at some point - I can see that with by now much older cards. But nowadays the good cards aren't even all that thermally-limited. Unless we're talking like, basic tier entries or reference blower cards, where paste alone isn't going to make up for the restrictive cooling capabilities. As in, the paste isn't the problem. It's the whole cooling solution. A decent cooler will take the card pretty much up to whatever its power limit is set to. Really, its going to be the bios holding you back. At least with Nvidia 10 and 20 series, that has been my experience. You look at your temperatures and kinda know there should be more, but the card just isn't going to let you ever push it much further. Toss it on water and lose 15C of heat load, but you won't get the clocks up that much because it was already pretty much at the top end of the power/clock curve it's locked into. And you can't mess with the bios like you used to anymore. Most times people end up either bricking their cards, or it just doesn't perform like they hoped.

Pretty much, cards now are set to give more or less all they can out of the box. From the design, to the bin, to the way the bios is set, what you get is what you get. You can squeeze out some minor gains and that's about it. GPU overclocking is dying... unless you buy an older card to play with, it's just not very fruitful. There's just no getting around it without serious time and know-how. And even then, it might not pay off. The die itself kinda runs how it runs and that's all she writes.

If you really want to go that route, water might have the real impact. Or even just a cooler upgrade. But by that point you could've taken the money spent and put it towards a card with a cooling solution that can handle more than the card itself can put out at max. There are plenty out there that can give you everything the die on the board could ever give. This is the paradigm now. Buy the card that already performs how you like and let it do its thing. Not very fun, but that's just how it is :/

Not on a brand new card... that's just asking for it. If you bought an older used card, maybe.
 
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Thanks All :) I'll leave it as is for now. This thread will serve it's purpose for the future when other people wonder the same question.
 

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No not at all, I have just seen other's say that the thermal paste on a new card is usually substandard and applying premium thermal paste will get better temps. I do plan to overclock the card and that's why I was asking.
Well, your temperatures would indicate if it is substandard or improperly applied. Does it happen? Yes. But unless you see evidence it is inadequate, just leave it be for a couple years.
 
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I do that, but it does void your warranty immediately, unless it's Gigabyte or Asus and you know people.

Now the sticker is on the screw, maybe it could be peeled off and re-applied after TIM work..;)

Eh, I grind down IHS's and delid chips too, so..keep that in mind. :roll:

I sure enough didn't care when I put that MX-4 on my brand new 5700XT..:laugh:

Stuck the screwdriver right through that sticker.

My mobo just died and the GPU rail on the PSU is toasty, but the GPU lived on..whew!

Mobo was an Asus X470 Prime..PSU was SuperFlower Golden Green Bronze.

PSU still works if one doesn't need a GPU rail.

Typed from the backup..

GPU is alive! It gets good temps, The fans are pulled off and using 2 120mm Cooler Master fans.

Sure if one sets +20 power and OCs to the max it will get to 105 at the hot spot.

I got some finger choppers too, but they're too loud.
 
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I change the TIM if the card is getting hotter than I think it should.
Gaming cards don't get hot like workstation cards do.
My w7000 was getting super hot so I changed the TIM and dropped load temps 20c.
My p4000 is the same way getting hot under load changed the TIM 5c drop. The cooler is just too small for this card to cool it properly.
 
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Hi,

I bought a new GPU and I am wondering if I should be replacing the thermal paste from the manufacturers paste to something more premium?

Wolvy
I didn't read past this post, but why would you do that?

1. Some AIBs, this voids the warranty IIRC.
2. The gains are likely only going to be a couple of C at best... not worth the effort unless you are benchmarking competitively and need every last C...

Unless there is a NEED to do it, I wouldn't... I don't care if it was a mining card, old or w/e... only if it needs it.
 
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I do that, but it does void your warranty immediately, unless it's Gigabyte or Asus and you know people.
Or you know... evga or xfx... or any vendor that explicitly allows it... read the warranty.

BTW, speaking from experience, my brand new XFX card had some horrific clay like paste that resembled the stuff Intel uses. They are aparently infamous for that though. EVGA uses Shin Etsu (decent if applied right). Others? YMMV.

I didn't read past this post, but why would you do that?

1. Some AIBs, this voids the warranty IIRC.
2. The gains are likely only going to be a couple of C at best... not worth the effort unless you are benchmarking competitively and need every last C...

Unless there is a NEED to do it, I wouldn't... I don't care if it was a mining card, old or w/e... only if it needs it.
Still, I defer to this. Even horrible paste does the job it was engineered to do. Unless benching or going for ever more OC, don't fret it.

Now the sticker is on the screw, maybe it could be peeled off and re-applied after TIM work..
Sticker is legally irrelevant stateside.
 
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new cards no, unless ur temp is horribly high then might need to check your gpu is cooler is properly seated?
some of the new asus tuf has some thermal issue but its nothing to do with thermal paste.
generally the board partners manufacturer use fairly decent thermal paste, but there r some still use cheapo thermal paste, the standard gigabyte gaming edition which i know uses faily cheap thermal paste, the aorus ones are better

i used to have a 8800gt ran it 4 years straight and temperature was at 100 degrees and would crash.
checked it and thermal paste on there was paper thin could even see the writing on the tim. added some new thermal paste (arctic silver 5)
temperature dropped by 25 degrees on load, but thats after 4 years of usage
 
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No not at all, I have just seen other's say that the thermal paste on a new card is usually substandard and applying premium thermal paste will get better temps. I do plan to overclock the card and that's why I was asking.
As a rule, I generally replace the TIM on GPU's for me and mine, just so I know it gets done right.
 
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As a rule, I generally replace the TIM on GPU's for me and mine, just so I know it gets done right.
Just as @lexluthermiester said. It not something you have to do, it's just peace of mind I guess. And as far as my experience goes, there's always at least a two or three °C difference.

If you ever popped a cooler of a GPU you may have seen all the shit that can be found under there :banghead: I always use my own TIM, even on new CPU coolers etc. On my old reference R9 290X, GPU clocks were 50-ish MHz higher after TIM change when gaming, because the card throttled at 90° at all times.
 
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If you break the seal on the screw that holds the bracket in place it voids your warranty. There has only been one instance where I removed the shroud from a brand new GPU and that was the Gigabyte Gaming OC Vega 64.
 
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