Of course the factory pads that evga put on when assembling the card got a little torn up and not mention dirty. So I went out on a limb and decided to use AS Ceramic as it is not conductive, besides there is little info about pads vs paste, like which one are the best, and not a whole lot to choose from as far as products, and I like to read all about things especially since I am protecting my first dream rig, and my wife actually gave the green light to spend close to 4K. I have twin evga gtx260 and them temps were imo too hot for my taste, so I took one apart, and polished the hsf until it lookrdn like a brass mirror, then rubbed some asc onto the base with a latex glove until it had a super light hazy coating on it, Then I applied some to the perfectly cleaned gpu chip, a nice thin layer spread evenly with a credit card.
Now I used almost 6 whole tubes afterwards when I started applying dabs to each of the GPU RAM chips. Everywhere the gpu hsf made contact with any part on the cars. Now this card idles from 38-40 and it was around. I am now getting ready to take the nb/sb hsf off of my evga classified, I will either us as5, or ceramique of the nb but have heard the hsf is plastic on the sb and mosfets so was wondering if I should get pads, and if so which kind? 3M has some thermal tape and danger den has some as well. I really would preffer pads because the as ceramic was rather messy in the gpu when I repasted it. Any tip, or product recommendation would be appreciated greatly. Sorry for the long post! Thanks