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post #1 of 24
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I replaced the TIM in my gpu and my cpu today, I dropped around 10 degrees on my cpu.

However my gpu has gained about 3 degrees.

At first attempt, I tried too smear it around with my finger. I think I had too much on, as my temps were 6-8 degrees higher.
Second attempt, I tried the rice grain method. My temps were then about 1-2 degrees higher then the stock TIM.
Third attempt, I tried two lines, then flattening it with a credit card.
Now my temps are around 3 degrees higher then stock tim.

My card is an asus DCUII gtx 570. Im using Arctic Cooling MX-3 paste.

Any suggestions? I was hoping too LOSE degrees, not gain
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post #2 of 24
When I applied my waterblock I actually used way more then I did on my CPU and it gave me great tips. I ended up doing an X without spreading it (never spread it). Does that cooler have heatpipes directly touching the core?
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post #3 of 24
hey pal, how long did you let the thermal paste to recover ? i know my old 570 DCUII was idle around 25 c
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post #4 of 24
i think that thermal paste you are using should be left on for a few days before conclusions are drawn.
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post #5 of 24
The stock TIM should be pretty decent on a DCU2. Could be your ambient temp is just higher in general now?

Make sure you're getting good contact and pressure. VRM being well cooled?
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post #6 of 24
less is more here.. the smallest amount you can put on there right in the center will do wonders.
    
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post #7 of 24
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Ok thanks for your replies guys - I will try putting a tiny splodge in the center next. Maybe Ive got too much. I was wondering maybe the stock TIM my gpu came with was of similar quality too the one im replacing it, cos my card is supposed too have a high quality cooler on it.
Yeah it has heatpipes directly touching it.
Also, its supposed too be "non curing" supposedly you dont have too let it settle. It certainly worked wonders on my cpu.

I will try using a tiny tiny splodge in the middle next. Ive got about less then half of what was on there originally already though. Ill make sure too take some pics next attempt.

Edit: when i used the rice grain method, after taking the heatsink off, there was only about 2/3 off my nvidia chip covered and it was a circle in the middle. Do i need too do it up tigher?
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post #8 of 24
First of all TIM needs curing time, Second of all you touched it with your finger... getting oils all over it.
    
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post #9 of 24
Yeah as said above dont ever EVER touch the TIM with your hand. In fact, i dont spread mine with anything. Just a small amount in the center. It just ruins the paste from the oil and dirt from your fingers.
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Originally Posted by iCrap View Post
First of all TIM needs curing time
wrong.

/facepalm..

only silly old tim does..

ive never seen my temps change after time. ever sence i stopped using as5 in 2004

and ive used mx-3 the temps dont change over time. same temps for the 9 months that i used that mount.

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Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02 View Post
I ended up doing an X without spreading it (never spread it).
yes. dont spread, adds air and up's temps.
     
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