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How to apply Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste to a GPU?

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Well, I've gone through a dozen of threads all over the internet in order to find an answer. There is just too much contradictory information on about this. Lines, dots, spreading all over... Even the reviews would messed my head up. Some claim that the NTH1 is a good thermal paste that peforms just like the AS5, some shows that Noctua NT-H1 is an awful thermal paste when compared too everything else...But, well...That is not the point. Noctua instructs that it should be applied on the ***CPU*** as a little dot. I find some conflicting information that the themal compounds are supposed to be spread on the GPU, but not on the CPU. Which one is true? Is there a difference between CPUs and GPUs in the way we should apply the compounds?
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Right so, in the title you've put GPU in the thread you've put CPU... Which is it?

If you're putting it on the GPU then you'd be best off using thermal pads rather than pastes. Incidentally though, IC diamond is the best.

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I generally go into a lot of talking before asking a question...You know, some people points you Google when you ask something, and I just wanted to let you guys know that I did my homework smile.gif
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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post

Right so, in the title you've put GPU in the thread you've put CPU... Which is it?
If you're putting it on the GPU then you'd be best off using thermal pads rather than pastes. Incidentally though, IC diamond is the best.
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Thermal pads on the GPU die... what the hell man?

NT H1 is fine for GPUs, just do a little BB sized dot on the GPU (well more depending on how big the GPU die is on your GPU) and attach the heatsink, don't spread it out before hand else you'll cause air bubbles. It will perform ATLEAST as well as AS5.
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Thanks! I'll keep in mind what you said. But...Well, AS5 does a better job, right? redface.gif
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Most people use thermal pads, although that might be using a water block thinking about it....

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Thanks! I'll keep in mind what you said. But...Well, AS5 does a better job, right? redface.gif

AS5 is a very old thermal paste, is conductive and has gone way past it's glory days. There are many better performing thermal pastes however the difference would only be like 2-4c max.
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Most people use thermal pads, although that might be using a water block thinking about it....
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No you use thermal pads for the memory chips/vrms etc. NOT for the die.
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Ahhhh

My bad biggrin.gif

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I used the thermal paste from the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO on my GPU just a few hours ago, dropped over 10°C. I need a new fan for my GTX 560ti. The reason I got in there in the first place was to fix the clicking fan.
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