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What about heating up the diamond TIM first? Get it nice and hot so the viscosity lowers, and then it will spread better. Perhaps putting it in the microwave first, or setting the stove to low and heating it in a pan.

After your experiences with the Gelid I might just go ahead and try some Antec Formula 7 first instead.

If that doesn't work I already have some of the non diamond TIMs on hand that I can switch out to.
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What about heating up the diamond TIM first? Get it nice and hot so the viscosity lowers, and then it will spread better. Perhaps putting it in the microwave first, or setting the stove to low and heating it in a pan.

After your experiences with the Gelid I might just go ahead and try some Antec Formula 7 first instead.

If that doesn't work I already have some of the non diamond TIMs on hand that I can switch out to.

I submerge high viscosity TIMs in hot water before applying, for the same reason. It certainly helps, and you can achieve good results with some patience and effort, but isn't a total fix. Pastes like MX-4 are still way easier to apply.
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Unless you can verify that the GPU is throttling, replacing the paste is gonna do practically nothing.
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Originally Posted by Casey Ryback View Post

Unless you can verify that the GPU is throttling, replacing the paste is gonna do practically nothing.
It can be the difference between temperatures for a small overclock to a fairly large one (it was for me). I wouldn't consider that "practically nothing." smile.gif

Different GPUs, but at worst you wind up with a new tube of TIM and waste ~ a half hour's time, so it seems a worthy endeavor, no?
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Unless you can verify that the GPU is throttling, replacing the paste is gonna do practically nothing.

Well I was going under the assumption that it would soon throttle. It would get up to 90c, and that's about all its going to take before one would expect it to throttle down. This was in furmark. I got scared at that point and backed it off. I have seen some games push a card to the same temps I get in furmark, so I didn't think it was a good idea to game with that overclock. Not all games of course, but enough that I didn't want to risk it.

I know some people have different ideas on what "risk" is, but I'm thinking that if the card is going to throttle to save its life, then its clearly getting too hot. Its like a car bouncing off the rev limiter.
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