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My MSI 6970 Lightning is coming in a few days I would like to know if it's mandatory that I use Arctic Silver Céramique because it's non-conductive or can I use OCZ Freeze on my GPU?
 
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Most are non-conductive. I used AS5 and MX4 on mine.
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post #3 of 9
i've used reg AS5 on on some GPUs and i had no problem with it.
it actually worked very well...temps dropped by about ~3-5C under load (prime95)

i would get a second opnion about your specific card though
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I heard some arguments that a thicker paste is better for GPU's. Difference is always going to be only a few 'C though. Just use the regular amount (small dot/line) and you should be fine.

I have been using ICDiamond7 on both CPU and GPU. A very thick paste.
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Yeah, I'm tempted to put OCZ Freeze on my GPU. I really don't want to experiment with AS Céramique and don't like it and then having to apply AS5 or OCZ Freeze. Just want a expert opinion and set it n forget it.
 
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I use ICD7 on my 460 GTX and plan to use ICD on my Sapphire 6950 toxic when it shows up torrow. Temp drop was pretty extreeme for my 460. was getting into the 70's on load. Now I only hit low 60's in BF3.
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MX-4 cause it's non-conductive.
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Originally Posted by AMC View Post
Most are non-conductive. I used AS5 and MX4 on mine.
They're all non-conductive and that's not the problem. It's the capacitance and AS5 is capacitive. It could affect your traces.

AS5 is old as dirt. Get some MX2 or shin etsu 778, or the newer PK1.
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They're all non-conductive and that's not the problem. It's the capacitance and AS5 is capacitive. It could affect your traces.

AS5 is old as dirt. Get some MX2 or shin etsu 778, or the newer PK1.
Don't have to preach this to me. I tell everyone the same. If you just get the die or the IHS without touching the traces you will be fine.
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