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Should I use CPU thermal paste on my Video card?

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51.6 C......man I guess thats not TOO bad, prolly too much juice getting sucked out of the PSU
 
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Weird... who has ever clocked their 9550 up to 510 mhz using the stock cooler???
most I got mine up to was like 350 and that was a Sapphire fansink


edit: then I flashed the bios over to a 9600 PRO and got up to 500 MHZ.....
 

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gg... lets get the best thermal paste and apply it to the stock cooler. I highly doubt I would be able to get past 535mhz... even right now im getting the same exact results with the fan on or with the fan off; voltage problem. I think I should buy epoxy and attach P3 heatsink bits (haha P3 coolers are always the victims of chop up projects :rockout: ) to the mofsets.

80mm fan with the motor positioned over the space between the Ramsinks and the Core's Heatsink. I reckon this is absolutely the cheapest way to cool your GPU even more, guys with passive heatsinks; this is the most dirt cheap way to cool your GPU! Its much better than a fan integrated to onto a piece of metal! (Stock HS+F) :rockout:
(absolutely shit thing is it takes up three slots if you have a standard 80mm fan, I might change to a thinner 60mm fan with a higher RPM)


(Doesn't it look normal; not ghetto?)

EDIT: Is it recommended that I change the spring loaded retention pins? Because they arent very tight, so if I knock the bulky cooler it sort of angles off... Uh would screws shortout the card?
 

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not if you use rubber washers...
 

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so did you end up using the thermal paste or not?
 
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Sure you can as long as you know what you are doing.
 
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I tried reapplying it the way w1zzard told me to... (testing) now the performance is WORSE than before... time to reapply; the CPU way :/

EDIT: ... forgot I had to burn in first. Time for some more gaming.
 
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I have a BFG card. I would like to put a zalman cooler on it, but replacing the stock cooler voids the warrenty. Do you think I can be stealthy about it and if the card has any problems, put the stock cooler fan back on and be none the wiser, or will it be obvious based on thermal paste application and so on?
 
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I have a BFG card. I would like to put a zalman cooler on it, but replacing the stock cooler voids the warrenty. Do you think I can be stealthy about it and if the card has any problems, put the stock cooler fan back on and be none the wiser, or will it be obvious based on thermal paste application and so on?
when i replaced the the stock cooler on my cousins X1900XT, it crapped out about a week later! We threw the stock heatsink on and sent it back to newegg.com. they sent a new one no questions asked.
 

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when i replaced the the stock cooler on my cousins X1900XT, it crapped out about a week later! We threw the stock heatsink on and sent it back to newegg.com. they sent a new one no questions asked.
yea, i've done the same thing twice. they never know the difference. just to be safe i use thermal pase the same color as the original when i send it back though(usually white, and the absolute shittiest mixture they can get), so i use paste that came with my zalman cnps9500, cuz i sure as hell am not gonna waste as5 on a defective card thats gonna get sent back anyway...
 
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yea, i've done the same thing twice. they never know the difference. just to be safe i use thermal pase the same color as the original when i send it back though(usually white, and the absolute shittiest mixture they can get), so i use paste that came with my zalman cnps9500, cuz i sure as hell am not gonna waste as5 on a defective card thats gonna get sent back anyway...
Should I use the thermal paste that came with the zalman CNPS7700CU or use generic (in a syringe thingy)?
 

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for what? rma?
if youre returning the card, use the crappiest stuff you have.
if youre gonna use the card, use the best you have.
 
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for what? rma?
if youre returning the card, use the crappiest stuff you have.
if youre gonna use the card, use the best you have.
I'm using generic Thermal paste right now,
Is the Die even made of silicon? It seems far too "shiny" to be. (I had to rub off the bubblegumm crap). Why do GPU manufacturers use the shittest (and the easiest to apply) type of thermal paste? Its got so much thermal resistance that it isnt funny. Some info on the thermal paste:

Balance Stars Thermal Paste: Stars-200

Thermal conductivity: >0.95W/m-k (kelvin)
Thermal Resistance <0.229*C-inch squared/W
Its a ceramic medium apparently, I was surprised it came in a syringe tube.

EDIT: http://www.made-in-china.com/import-export/KEQJazRoInMFprofile1/Balance-Stars-Co-Ltd.html
hmm... whats your say? Im going to buy another 4 tubes!!! Its so cheap
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if you really wanna cool it, you should use as5. i use it for EVERYTHING. i've never seen or heard of the stuff youre using now...
Specifications:

Thermal Conductance:
>350,000W/m2 °C (0.001 inch layer)

Thermal Resistance:
<0.0045°C-in2/Watt (0.001 inch layer)

Average Particle Size:
<0.49 microns <0.000020 inch

Extended Temperature Limits:
Peak: –50°C to >180°C Long-Term: –50°C to 130°C

Performance:
3 to 12 degrees centigrade lower CPU full load core temperatures than standard thermal compounds or thermal pads when measured with a calibrated thermal diode imbedded in the CPU core.

Coverage Area:
Arctic Silver 5 is sold in 3.5 gram and 12 gram tubes. The 3.5 gram tube contains enough compound to cover at least 15 to 25 small CPU cores, or 6 to 10 large CPU cores, or 2 to 5 heat plates. At a layer 0.003" thick, the 3.5 gram tube will cover approximately 16 square inches.
 
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if you really wanna cool it, you should use as5. i use it for EVERYTHING. i've never seen or heard of the stuff youre using now...
Specifications:

Thermal Conductance:
>350,000W/m2 °C (0.001 inch layer)

Thermal Resistance:
<0.0045°C-in2/Watt (0.001 inch layer)

Average Particle Size:
<0.49 microns <0.000020 inch

Extended Temperature Limits:
Peak: –50°C to >180°C Long-Term: –50°C to 130°C

Performance:
3 to 12 degrees centigrade lower CPU full load core temperatures than standard thermal compounds or thermal pads when measured with a calibrated thermal diode imbedded in the CPU core.

Coverage Area:
Arctic Silver 5 is sold in 3.5 gram and 12 gram tubes. The 3.5 gram tube contains enough compound to cover at least 15 to 25 small CPU cores, or 6 to 10 large CPU cores, or 2 to 5 heat plates. At a layer 0.003" thick, the 3.5 gram tube will cover approximately 16 square inches.
Im asking, Zalman or Generic?
 

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#46
i would probably use zalman. even though it basically is generic, if theres a problem you can blame zalman:p