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How to remove the cooler of a GTX 780 to reapply thermal paste?

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Recently feel my card has been getting too warm for my taste.. having owned the card for 2 years already. Crashed on Hardline several times while playing and had to reinstall drivers twice. So far it's okay, but i'm not too sure if it'll hold in the long run.

Wonder if i could open the shroud and reapply the paste on the chip like on computer processors.. But i've never attempted that before.
Is there a general guide on how to do it?

Thanks.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDLQ7FjPMf8

What temps are you getting?
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDLQ7FjPMf8

What temps are you getting?

40 degrees idle, 60 in game,Playing at high settings Still a little high for me though after i deduced it was the 347.88 driver causing the crashes. .

I'm not sure if the same thing can be done to my 980 in the video you posted as its a reference card. (disassembly and applying paste) as i've never done it before and i don't know where goes where during disassembly. But thanks for the video though.
Edited by Nickyvida - 3/27/15 at 12:03pm
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40 degrees idle, 60 in game,Playing at high settings Still a little high for me though after i deduced it was the 347.88 driver causing the crashes. .

I'm not sure if the same thing can be done to my 980 in the video you posted as its a non reference card. (disassembly and applying paste) as i've never done it before and i don't know where goes where during disassembly. But thanks for the video though.

Those drivers were also causing me problems with my 780, I've returned to my trusty 337.88 and have had no driver crashes and my oc that worked for 2 years now works again.
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Those drivers were also causing me problems with my 780, I've returned to my trusty 337.88 and have had no driver crashes and my oc that worked for 2 years now works again.

How are your temps after two years? I'm hoping to keep this 780 to pass on to my brother to use beyond the 3 year typical lifespan hence the reapplying of thermal paste. I'm sure its close to sparse right now hence the question.
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40 degrees idle, 60 in game,Playing at high settings Still a little high for me though after i deduced it was the 347.88 driver causing the crashes. .

I'm not sure if the same thing can be done to my 980 in the video you posted as its a reference card. (disassembly and applying paste) as i've never done it before and i don't know where goes where during disassembly. But thanks for the video though.

Those are not bad temps at all. My 970 is about 40c idle, and gets up to 70c during stress tests. This with a VERY aggressive OC.

It's pretty much the same process with every card, take all the screws out, gently but firmly twist, and the cooler comes off. Just make sure not to miss screws on the rear IO.
I've done a few graphics cooler replacements in my my time, and I haven't come across any tricky ones yet.
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First of all your temps are fine.

If you do want to do it tt's really easy, 10-12 screws on the shroud, then unscrew the heat sink off the gpu (4 screws on the backplate), pull of the heat sink, clean, reapply, close it back up. It's similar to the video just looks a bit different on the inside and a couple extra screws on the nvidia shroud.
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First of all your temps are fine.

If you do want to do it tt's really easy, 10-12 screws on the shroud, then unscrew the heat sink off the gpu (4 screws on the backplate), pull of the heat sink, clean, reapply, close it back up. It's similar to the video just looks a bit different on the inside and a couple extra screws on the nvidia shroud.
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Those are not bad temps at all. My 970 is about 40c idle, and gets up to 70c during stress tests. This with a VERY aggressive OC.

It's pretty much the same process with every card, take all the screws out, gently but firmly twist, and the cooler comes off. Just make sure not to miss screws on the rear IO.
I've done a few graphics cooler replacements in my my time, and I haven't come across any tricky ones yet.

Thanks. Is there a step by step video out there for the reference 780 that i can find? i'm pretty nervous cos i haven't done it before and i don't know a backplate from the VRMs and im worried i may screw something up there. Are there any specific tools i need to use when disassembling it?
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Thanks. Is there a step by step video out there for the reference 780 that i can find? i'm pretty nervous cos i haven't done it before and i don't know a backplate from the VRMs and im worried i may screw something up there. Are there any specific tools i need to use when disassembling it?

It seriously took me 4 seconds to find a video on the 780ti, which should be exactly the same.
Come on, just Google it.
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It seriously took me 4 seconds to find a video on the 780ti, which should be exactly the same.
Come on, just Google it.

i see. Thanks i wasn't sure if the 780ti has the same layout(pcb, vrms etc) as the 780 so i was hesitant in following the video.
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