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post #11 of 21
I use the two-line method on my CPU's, and because my cards do not need too much TIM, i use the pea method.

Artic Silver has published several methods for Intel and AMD. I'd recommend checking them out.
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Thank you guys! Should I leave it for a day or two to 'cure'? or just use it at load straight away after applying it?
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Also a little off topic, but I used to have that same XFX card and it was extremely noisy and hot all of the time. I bought one of these:



This thing is super quiet, you wont hear it over your processor fan at full speed, and it dropped my gpu temps dramatically, something like 24c at idle and load.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...91f99a6f2bf3d2

http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vg...turbo-pro.html
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Thank you guys! Should I leave it for a day or two to 'cure'? or just use it at load straight away after applying it?
That would depend on the curing time of your TIM, some need it, some don't.
Also, the curing happens with just using your computer, as curing happens between hot-cold cycles. You need to get the machine hot and running for it to cure, so i'd use it as soon as you apply the TIM and attach the heatsink
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Wow thats LOOKS awesome. How big is that compared to the card? I guess you just take the plastic casing and fan off the card and replace it with that yeah?
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Thank you guys! Should I leave it for a day or two to 'cure'? or just use it at load straight away after applying it?
Just run furmark and p95 for a few hours, then shut it off. After about 30 min do it again like 3 times and it will be cured. Or you can just "normal" use it and within 2 weeks it will be cured.
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Wow thats LOOKS awesome. How big is that compared to the card? I guess you just take the plastic casing and fan off the card and replace it with that yeah?
Yea, it takes 3 slots. Its totally worth it though, its silent, and like I said, like 24c temp drops.
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Gah D: I dont think I have that space in my case. But that's something to think about!
What would cause that sudden rise in temp? (70 idle) Trapped dust and old TIM?
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Gah D: I dont think I have that space in my case. But that's something to think about!
What would cause that sudden rise in temp? (70 idle) Trapped dust and old TIM?
I'd bet it is dust. Old TIM does not get that of a temp rise.
Just get it cleaned at least once every 2-3 months and you'll be fine
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Its just that card. I did the same thing you are doing now -replaced the TIM, and totally dismantled the factory cooler and cleaned it to a shine. I got like 3c results because it was really dirty so 72c to 69c. I ended up making an extended plastic cover for the heatsink so none of the hot air would circulate back into my case, but I eventually got this cooler. My whole system was better off.

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