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I've been having some higher than expected temps on my 6970 so i decided to just go for it and change the TIM on it. I used the paste i got with my CM hyper 212+ heatsink. I think i've made things a LOT worse...

My original temps maxed out around 81-82C and 60-65% fan speed.
After try #1 replacing the TIM they shot up to 92 at 65%
After try #2 the max temp i saw was 106 and stopped heaven

Using gpu-z to monitor temps

What to do from here? I know I can RMA it to XFX, but i've been really hesitant to do that with everything i've been hearing lately.

Update 8/21/11
After all the help, I figured I'd give you all an update. XFX declared the card faulty and sent me another one. This time a 6970 rev 1.2 (instead of 1.1). The card has been running great and slightly cooler than the other one at lower than 80C at 50% fan, sometimes jumping up to 63% fan. Also, where the other one would not overclock even 20mhz, this one went up to 950 on stock core and I'm still testing it out.

I know someone will state something along the lines of you got what you paid for before, but I sent it back for bad temps, not overclocking ability.

I'm pretty happy with my XFX experience overall. They are a bit slow to respond on their online system, but in the end they help you out. I would deal with them again.
Edited by IIVisionII - 8/21/11 at 11:28pm
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How are you applying the TIM?
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The tim that comes with the 212 is all not the best. Get yourself some MX-4.

Did you seat it properly and did you use little amount or gobs. Did you paste only on the GPU part, or elsewhere?
    
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I put one dot about the size of a grain of rice in the center and let the heatsink do its thing. I was really careful with all of the thermal pads too, but one has a little rip in it, although it still goes on flat.
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The tim that comes with the 212 is all not the best. Get yourself some MX-4.

Did you seat it properly and did you use little amount or gobs. Did you paste only on the GPU part, or elsewhere?
I also have some arctic silver 5, but figured that would be even worse. Do you think it's worth a try?
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What about a reset, to return to stock settings?
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What about a reset, to return to stock settings?
reset what? There's no overclock going on. Just physically changing the thermal paste on the heatsink.
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DO NOT USE AS5 ON A GPU! There are resisters around the die that will short in contact with AS5.
 
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Did you properly secure the heatsink. Not over tight it or too loose. Just right enough.
NO AS5... BAD
    
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I put one dot about the size of a grain of rice in the center and let the heatsink do its thing. I was really careful with all of the thermal pads too, but one has a little rip in it, although it still goes on flat.
You should do it in a star pattern on gpus. If you still can't get it right, just spread it out flat.
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