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is it worth applying new thermal paste to my gpu?

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i have this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
asus gtx 560 ti with direct cu2 OC @ 950mhz 4200mhz ram and 1.05Vcore

i have arctic silver 5 and all the stuff i need its really simple, just remove 4 screws on the back of card remove old paste add as5 and replace.

but is it worth it?
post #2 of 11
Yes, I would recommend it as aftermarket paste is usually always better than the paste that is by default applied to GPUs. However, I usually wait until my temps start hitting the fan before I apply new paste, but some people do it right away. Up to you.
post #3 of 11
No, not with artic silver. Any other paste that is top tier, you will see improvement of a few temps 2-3. However i wouldn't bother unless your getting 80c temps during overclock stress test.

In all honesty artic silver is out dated and there are many alternatives to artic silver that doesnt require burn in or can potentially fry a board.

Out of the factory TIM on you card is slathered on, so you may want to clean it up and apply it cleanly with something like shin etsu, ic diamond, mx-4
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I would agree that it is worth it for the reasons stated above, only way I would go with AS5 is if your going to be folding on it, that way you get it to cure properly.

What kind of full load temps are you getting now? If your at 950, and your not over 70-5 I probably wouldn't bother until it gets higher.
 
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post #5 of 11
No, it is not worth it. I noticed no temp difference reapplying paste on my AMD and Nvidia cards (6850, 6870, GTX 480).
post #6 of 11
Yes, that is important as well. AS5 has a cure time of approximately ~200 hours.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post

Yes, that is important as well. AS5 has a cure time of approximately ~200 hours.

could you elaborate? not sure what cure time means exactly.

also i have a thermal compound called xiggmatek pti-g3606 if thats any better i got for free with a cooler i bought months ago
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could you elaborate? not sure what cure time means exactly.
also i have a thermal compound called xiggmatek pti-g3606 if thats any better i got for free with a cooler i bought months ago

Well essentially AS5 does not perform to 100% right out of the box. It needs to be on a CPU/GPU for a certain amount of time before it will give you the best temps.

For example, if your running 70c at full load now, you might run the same when you put the AS5 on, but after a while your temps will slowly get better as the thermal paste cures. So after 50hrs you might be at 68c, 100hrs at 67c, 200hrs at 65c.

That is just an example and in no way will reflect your actual temps, but just to give you an idea.
 
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post #9 of 11
I changed the stock thermal paste on my GTX 580 to Zalman ZM-STG2M paste.
No change in gpu temperature.

Recently, changed ZM-STG2M to Arctic MX-4.
2C gpu temp decrease.

Some paste went over the side (which surprised me because I use very little paste)
As other people say, it's a good idea to use non-electrically conductive paste.
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post #10 of 11
Yes. It's worth it. I was having heat problems on my GTX 260m, so i took it apart today and cleaned it, as well as applied AS5. I was idling at 77C before, and loading at 99-101C. Now, I'm idling at 57C. I havn't load tested it, though.
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