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Thermal Pads... Can I clean them?

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Hey, just pulled apart my 4890 Toxic to do a re-app of ceramique...

The thermal pads for the vram are still good (nice & gooey, not too squished out yet) but are quite dirty. I CANNOT use thermal paste on these as many people have suggested, as the gap is far too large to be filled by thermal paste of any kind.

So, I'm wondering, can these be cleaned with alcohol or something? I'm just wondering b/c I'd rather not have to order some more if I can clean these. I'm sure I could just re-use them, but this is my 2nd re-app of TIM and I dont want them to get "worn out". If I cant clean them, I guess I'll just order more and use these 'til I get the new stuff.

thanks gang!
    
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A few specs of dust and going to affect it, If they are dusty I would just replace them if you try and clean them you will just make them worse, you can get thermal pads from FrozenCPU or anywhere like that.
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you can also get new thermal pads off ebay
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well, I actually removed them and stuck them to the backing from double-sided tape, then polished the $hit out of the heatsink with 2500grit then wadding-polish. Re-applied them as well as a new app of Nano-Diamond 7, and I'm BLOWN away by the drop in temps. The memory @ idle is roughly 3-4 degrees cooler & the same at load; the results with the GPU itself are staggering as well. Idle temps dropped 4 degrees, and 4-6 degrees at load, depending on wether or not I'm running the 90mm intake port that is running directly to the cards fan.

Thanks for the insight gang. Much appreciated.
Edited by revan05 - 10/19/11 at 11:59am
    
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