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I am getting a backplate soon so I thought why not change the thermal paste. I have a some leftover from my CPU heatsink (Noctua)... is this fine or should I get something better?

how about the thermal pads, are there much better pads available than what I have now? backplate and titan are both EVGA.

as an aside, does anyone know if all Titans have the same TIM? or, to put another way, who mounts the heatsinks, nvidia or EVGA/Asus/etc..?


I am about to order a high flow bracket and the best recommended TIM.

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post #2 of 42
I personally use Arctic Silver Ceramique 2 and i got a 15C drop going from the stock evga stuff plus the ceramique stuff is cheap and there is no risk of it damaging anything unlike AS5. and as for thermal pads i used these on my GTX 285 and they work great but you need to know the thickness you need for the titan.
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post #3 of 42
Just leave it the way it is..
Poster above me is full of it, it may reduce temps a few degrees but 15 is a load of crap.
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15C seems like a lot, maybe he was talking about his 470..

but a few degrees here and there can add up.. 1-2C drop from each paste, pads, blackplate, and highflow bracket...
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post #5 of 42
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Just leave it the way it is..
Poster above me is full of it, it may reduce temps a few degrees but 15 is a load of crap.


So I'm full of it am i? my load temps were 85C on stock paste and after putting some arctic silver ceramique 2 on it it loads at around 70C so you are dead wrong buddy. Also this was on my GTX 285.
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post #6 of 42
The re-seating of your 285 might have been helpful int he temp drop too, but new paste always helps over stock.
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post #7 of 42
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The re-seating of your 285 might have been helpful int he temp drop too, but new paste always helps over stock.

You are probably right but my point still remains that changing out the paste gave me a substantial temp drop and it might for the OP as well anyway good luck OP. thumb.gif
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post #8 of 42
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I personally use Arctic Silver Ceramique 2 and i got a 15C drop going from the stock evga stuff plus the ceramique stuff is cheap and there is no risk of it damaging anything unlike AS5. and as for thermal pads i used these on my GTX 285 and they work great but you need to know the thickness you need for the titan.

I got a 4C drop from switching from ceramique to MX-2 paste. I prefer MX2 anyday for anything! hands down I love the stuff! its not too expensive either!
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All Titans use the same thermal grease and actually it is already premium grease (different compound than on other cards)
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post #10 of 42
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All Titans use the same thermal grease and actually it is already premium grease (different compound than on other cards)

This might be true but it doesn't help when its applied with a spatula(look at one of Vegas cards). Both mine weren't too bad but there was still a good amount more on there then needed to be like usual. Replace the tim op you might as well since you'll have it half apart when you put the backplate on anyways.
 
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