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Hey guys, first time poster and I am having some issues with a recent card I got as an RMA replacement. I could just RMA this card but I really want to see if there is a possible fix that I could do myself without waiting two weeks for a replacement card especially with Far Cry 3 releasing so soon. Anyways, the basic problem is that under normal circumstances this replacement card is running at least 15 degrees hotter then my other card, regardless of which pcie slot the card is in. Would it be worth it for me to repaste it or should I just take the hit and send it in for an RMA?
post #2 of 9
you can check the paste..i would.
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post #3 of 9
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Could too much paste be an issue? The thermal pads seem to be fine and there is an abundance of paste on the gpu.
post #4 of 9
can u take a pic.
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Originally Posted by newfieoc View Post

Could too much paste be an issue? The thermal pads seem to be fine and there is an abundance of paste on the gpu.

yeah definitely. too much paste will affect the cooling badly. the thermal paste must be applied as a thin film and spread evenly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX-8cC3PNg4
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What exactly are your temps? 15C higher than some other card means nothing. If this is the reference model with OC to 1010MHz, then anything up to 80-85C is perfectly normal.
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post #7 of 9
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Yeah, after I took the card apart last night and saw the glob of paste I decided to clean it and apply my own. It drastically lowered the temps, the card is now running no more then 5-6 degrees higher then the other. I have another question though, completely unrelated to this but I guess I will ask here instead of starting a new thread. I can't seem to get my cards to go above ~75% usage in any game that requires crossfire. In games that use just one gpu the usage will go to 99% but I can't get both cards to go above 80% in crossfire. I have disabled ulps and I have tried several different drivers, currently on the newest beta drivers. I don't think it's a bottleneck either as I am running my i5-3570k at 4.5ghz. Anyone have any suggestions and thanks a lot for the help with the temps!
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i have the same problem.possibly setup a custom profile
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With RadeonPro I assume? Sorry for all the questions haha but I tried it out before and I couldn't get anywhere with it. I'm not that tech savvy, I have only started really getting into computers with this build.
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