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Best thermal paste application method?

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Title says it all, Replaced the TIM on my 7950 windforce today because its been running at 70-72c. Used to get maybe 65c max. Used Noctua NT-H1. First application I used the spread method, as like most people say the spread method isnt good, raised the GPU temp by 6c. So I re-applied and used the dot method. Now I'm back down to the 70c that it was at before. Has anyone had better success with the center line method or some other method?
post #2 of 6
On CPUs I prefer the "pea sized dot" method, just make sure you come down slow and level on it when applying the heatsync.. On GPUs I like the "X" method, which is also what the water block manufacturer also recommended. I went with Liquid Metal Pads for my GPUs, as they had the absolute best results in testing for GPU thermal transfer. They seem to tear and fold really easy, but if your careful they are a piece of cake to put on.
post #3 of 6
temps is not bad but, yes, should use the X method . . .



use the X method,too, for tightening the four screws at the back of pcb.
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Yeah. I did the X method on my 290. Looks like a lot compared to a cpu but it seems to be working like a champ.
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post #5 of 6
it could be just the warming weather that's the difference in temp.
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post #6 of 6
mounting pressure and heatsink base matter, what the paste looks like before you smash it, not no much.
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