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Im trying to remove thermal paste from my 6990 and the stock paste is dried on there really hard. Like I been scrubbing away with rubbing alcohol and have not gotten very far at all. The stuff from my CPU came right up always (its MX-3).. Any advice?
 
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Scrape it off with CC, hard bristle toothbrush will work as well.
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Thanks I'll try that!
 
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Buy the Arctic Silver cleaning kit, works like a charm!
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post #5 of 12
Try isopropyl alcohol 99%. I'm always using that to remove paste.

Every pharmacy can sell you some. And it's dirt cheap.
    
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Scrape it off with CC, hard bristle toothbrush will work as well.
I'd take the CC over the toothbrush just because you can control where the dried paste will end up after being removed.

OP, try the CC method, then have a couple of toothpicks to get the nitty gritty pieces that might be on the sides of the actual GPUs.

Also, while you're at it, order the and save it for a later date. It's almost magic how it eats away thermal grease
    
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6990 comes with high quality phase change tim. That's why it was caked on.

How are your temps with the new paste?
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I tried both methods... a plastic TIM scraper and Arcticlean. Both worked well.

For the Arcticlean, you have to let a few #1 drops set on the TIM for 15-20 seconds, then start removing with a Q-tip (repeat until clean, then use #2).

For the GPU I gently scraped off, I followed up with Arcticlean #2 to prep the surface.

I applied Prolimatech PK-1 (thinly covered GPU in full) and an EK 6990 nickel waterblock (I did tint the block). Haven't fired up the system yet as I'm waiting on a specific SSD, but once I do, will report my temps.
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6990 comes with high quality phase change tim. That's why it was caked on.

How are your temps with the new paste?
haven't run it yet with new waterblock



also, credit card worked best
 
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post #10 of 12
Get some alcohol wipes. Or just plain baby wipes either work great
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