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I found a evga 460 gtx ee on craigslist for $50- a couple weeks ago and picked it up to try out / mess around with. It's hit or miss on there but for the price I wasn't too worried and it worked ok initially. Idle temp was around 34c and playing games it would sit 65-75c all with the fan on auto. Running oc scanner's stress test it would go up to about 90c with the fan at 100%. Not great temps so I decided replacing the thermal paste might help.

I looked at a couple guides and used one someone had posted of the same model. I added a large drop of thermal paste AS5 on the center of the gpu and re-attached the heatsink. Now the card runs 67-85c in games with the fan at 55% / 75% and if I try running the stress test the temp almost immediately shoots up to 99c and the card auto-throttles. So I went back and removed the heatsink to see if maybe I didn't get enough paste on but it looked perfect. Re-applied and installed it back in the pc with the same result frown.gif Now I know AS5 isn't recommended as much for a gpu and I've ordered some ic diamond to try but I'd like to figure out why my temps are higher and if I'm doing something wrong before wasting more thermal paste.

I'd also like to add I've read about heat problems with the 460 ee possibly because of the crappy paste under the IHS. Would like to exhaust other ideas though before attempting to remove it.

Here's a ss of gpu-z.
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Nobody has an opinion on this? :S
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I added a large drop of thermal paste AS5 on the center of the gpu and re-attached the heatsink.

Here is your main issue, thermal paste is applied with a small, pea sized drop in the center of the GPU IHS. Thermal paste is meant to fill in small gaps between the GPU and heatsink, but if it is applied too thick it will not allow the heat to be correctly transferred from the GPU to the heatsink. Reapply your thermal paste with a pea sized drop and you should see much better temps.

Edit: Also you might want to take the cooler apart and blow it out. I bought a 5770 off on CL a few weeks back and soon found out it was overheating so I pulled the cooler off and found it was being blocked by a wall of dust.
Edited by TB13 - 12/25/12 at 10:10am
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Here is your main issue, thermal paste is applied with a small, pea sized drop in the center of the GPU IHS. Thermal paste is meant to fill in small gaps between the GPU and heatsink, but if it is applied too thick it will not allow the heat to be correctly transferred from the GPU to the heatsink. Reapply your thermal paste with a pea sized drop and you should see much better temps.

When I replaced the thermal paste I was going by the pictures from a guide here.
His example: http://wisdomofzen.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/pb070085.jpg does it look like too much?

Worth a try so I'll go do that and report what happens. Thanks!
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When I replaced the thermal paste I was going by the pictures from a guide here.
His example: http://wisdomofzen.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/pb070085.jpg does it look like too much?
Worth a try so I'll go do that and report what happens. Thanks!

Yeah, that looks like too much. I have put too much on my GTX 480 before and my temps would skyrocket just as yours do.
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i remember re-pasting my 8600GT with too much TIM (i didn't know at the time) and the temperatures was still reaching 130c on full load, wasn't until later i replaced it with less TIM and the temps dropped much less.... I was using AS5 as well.
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Ok re-applied as5 with a smaller dot in the center and the temps aren't any better if anything they are worse than when there was twice as much paste.

Sorry for the blurry phone pic:
http://i.imgur.com/8IuX0.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/efssl.jpg

Hit this temp in about 10 seconds
http://i.imgur.com/LCSns.png
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what about actual game temperatures? that furmark actually runs temperatures higher than any game.
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what about actual game temperatures? that furmark actually runs temperatures higher than any game.

Wow gets about 70c, world of tanks 84c, counterstrike global offensive 99c (throttles). I wouldn't be as worried if it was just furmark even though it stayed in the 80s before I re-did the paste first time around. There's a burn in time for AS5 but I shouldn't be getting temps 20c higher.
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Wow gets about 70c, world of tanks 84c, counterstrike global offensive 99c (throttles). I wouldn't be as worried if it was just furmark even though it stayed in the 80s before I re-did the paste first time around. There's a burn in time for AS5 but I shouldn't be getting temps 20c higher.

Thats weird, sounds like either the IHS isn't making contact with the heatsink or the IHS seperated from the die. When you took the heatsink off was the thermal paste spread out in a thin layer?
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