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Since I have seen only one person post pics of the 460 EE get a TIM replacement, I'd figure I'd be the second to help anyone who is looking to replace!
I got my MX4 in the mail yesterday. I am currently camping and of course I have my rig in the camper folding it up! Right now, we're back at home for a bit but I took my 460 out so I could replace the TIM. Everything is complete and back together I just have to see if it works when I get back......

UPDATE 1

Just started folding at 100% fan speed like normal. Already, there is a 5-7C drop in temps. I will post another update after a 2hr cure time.

Update 2
Okay I folded all day. Temps were back to normal at around 87C at 100% fan speed. Ambients aren't even bad. I honestly think my card is just garbage. I proceeded to try this "oh so great" Pea method and I have noticed no difference. Same temps. This card is trash.

Update 3
Not even 10 minutes into folding, temps have gone higher with the pea method. 91C. Good.....

When I removed my heatsink and fan, here is what I saw:



Terrible TIM job as suspected. On the HS itself, here is what I saw:



Again, looks oh so great. I proceeded to use alchohol to get all the TIM off the chip as well as the heatsink. The final clean product of both looked like this:

(My sister is 2 and that's her Dora food mat. Not mine.




I used the credit card method to apply the thermal paste. I believe I did it correctly.



I set the heatsink back on and screwed everything back in place. The shroud moved a bit causing the thermal paste to probably move a bit but that should be okay right? I'll post my results when I get back to the camper!
Edited by XanderDylan - 6/15/11 at 9:01pm
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You shouldn't of spread the paste out with a card. You massively increase the chances of causing air bubbles and air = no good for heat transfer, so your temps won't be as good as they should.

For big chips like GPUs, I put a small BB sized blob in the middle, and smaller bb sized drops inside a bit of each of the corners. Works great everytime.

I'd recommend redoing the TIM job.
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You shouldn't of spread the paste out with a card. You massively increase the chances of causing air bubbles and air = no good for heat transfer, so your temps won't be as good as they should.

For big chips like GPUs, I put a small BB sized blob in the middle, and smaller bb sized drops inside a bit of each of the corners. Works great everytime.

I'd recommend redoing the TIM job.
I referred to this for the TIM job: http://www.evga.com/forumsarchive/tm...49&mpage=1&key
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I referred to this for the TIM job: http://www.evga.com/forumsarchive/tm...49&mpage=1&key
Yep and that's wrong. One of the worst ways to do it.

Proven here;
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Yep and that's wrong. One of the worst ways to do it.
Great. So redo then with a dot? This card gets to be about 98C on full load with 100% fan speed. Obviously this has to have cooled it down.
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Great. So redo then with a dot? This card gets to be about 98C on full load with 100% fan speed. Obviously this has to have cooled it down.
That's what I'd do. I wouldn't apply TIM any other way.
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That's what I'd do. I wouldn't apply TIM any other way.
When I get back, I'll see how the temps are with this method and if they're higher than usual (which would be hard to imagine because original temps are ridiculous) I'll re-do with the dot method. But if they are lower, I'm keeping it this way.
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You should have taken the Card cooler off from the other direction, you could have left the memory and VRM coolers attached to the card and would have had a lot easier time cleaning off the old TIM from the Heat sink.
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You should have taken the Card cooler off from the other direction, you could have left the memory and VRM coolers attached to the card and would have had a lot easier time cleaning off the old TIM from the Heat sink.
If my temps don't drop from using this method, I'll give that a try since I may have to re-do it again.
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When I get back, I'll see how the temps are with this method and if they're higher than usual (which would be hard to imagine because original temps are ridiculous) I'll re-do with the dot method. But if they are lower, I'm keeping it this way.
What TIM are you using?

And I really recommend trying the dot method, no matter if the temps with the spread method are lower than your original temps.
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