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Opening a GTX 580 and TIM

post #1 of 12
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So, I'm going to be opening up my GTX 580 to check for blown Capacitors. So I assume I'm going to have to reapply Thermal Paste.

I have 3 at home that I can apply but I'm not sure which would be better for GPUs.

Shin-Etsu X23-7762 Thermal Compound (Best for CPUs but I'm not sure about GPUs)
Noctua HT-N1
Arctic Cooling MX-4

Also, how much am I suppose to apply to a GPU? Is it the same 5mm Dot, so I use the pressure of the heatsink to spread? Or is their a different method for GPUs?
post #2 of 12
GPU dies are a lot larger. You'll see smile.gif.

I'm not sure which is better, but the thermal dynamics don't change magically with a GPU. It's still a heat spreader coming in contact with a copper base to dissipate heat.
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post #3 of 12
Use the mx4. Put a nice blob on there 2-3 sheets of paper thick and spread it around till smooth. smile.gif
post #4 of 12
Why would you check your Cap ?
Did you heard a bang ?
Does it still work ?

IMHO, when it works, don't ?%$@ with it.
post #5 of 12
Slap a nice pea of MX-4 on there
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Roweyi7;13368435 
Slap a nice pea of MX-4 on there

This. Here is a link with pics to give you a good idea of how much TIM to use:

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=688878&mpage=1
post #7 of 12
I thought the 580's already came with shin-etsu?!
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post #8 of 12
I think most manufacturers use Shin Etsu which is good stuff, they just do a terrible job applying it. Although EVGA did a fantastic job on my GTX 580- it was a perfect spread with just the right amount. Was almost sorry I opened it up.
post #9 of 12
The 580 comes with a shin etsu on it.

I myself use a star method, without spreading it myself works very good.
Just don't forget that as said, the GPU is pretty large, so you will need to use a lot of compound, so make sure you have enough.
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post #10 of 12
Don't forget that you will need new thermal pads as well, not just gpu paste.
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