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post #11 of 15
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how do you clean the TIM like on the pic #1? lol

edit: i mean, the TIM that has been spread through the PCB?

I use a toothbrush and rubbing alcohol.
post #12 of 15
Too much is better than not enough in cases like this. Too much and the part simply runs a few C hotter, not enough and parts of the die are left bare and run tens of C hotter than the parts of the chip actually in contact with the cooler.

The optimal amount of TIM is far too close to not enough to trust to barely skilled labor doing mass production runs, and heatsink bases too inconsistent for robots, so they use a little extra.
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I use a toothbrush and rubbing alcohol.

is using toothbrush completely safe? im tempted to check my 7970 lightning BE and i probably have the same TIM application inside it
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post #14 of 15
I had this same problem with an msi gtx460 hawk. They put so much paste on that the paste oozed out and started dripping down the card..... and onto my motherboard/pcie slot. I pulled the card apart and found enough excess paste to fill a couple syringes worth. Temperatures were fine but that paste in my PCIE slot could have ended badly.
post #15 of 15
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is using toothbrush completely safe?

Yes.

In general, people seriously overestimate the fragility of electronics and have some really illogical ideas about what could harm them.
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but that paste in my PCIE slot could have ended badly.

Only if it had metallic components, and most do not.
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