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Quick question. Got myself a 1 year old Gigabyte HD6850 which is idling a tad bit too high (65c-70c), and I'm wanting to change that paste. Now, I do own arctic silver 5 grease and the cleaning solutions. My question are:

1) Is arctic silver as good as a performer on gpus as it is on cpus? If not, then what is a better choice.
2) if so, is the basic rule of 'grain of rice' size dollop of grease apply to the smaller die size of a gpu?
    
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don't use that stuff. use mx-2 or mx-4. that thing is capacitive and might hurt your circuits. i know, i just did mine as per the recommendation of ek - the manufacturer of my gpu waterblock.

edit: use this method . . .



or spread it evenly with a credit card.
Edited by rdr09 - 10/5/12 at 2:31pm
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I went with PK1 (Prolimatech) for both my CPU and GPU Blocks as it is completely non-conductive, tolerant of imperfect application, and one of the absolute best of all the TIMs out there, in fact it is often the best performing non-"liquid metal" TIM in comparisons.
   
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