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Just to do some cleaning since it had never been done. It was actually very clean to my surprise. So i decide to take the heatspreader off and put some AS5 on. Got all the screws out and it wouldnt come off. Took a close look and decided to give it a little extra force. It finally "breaks" off and i notice the GPU is covered with gray wall plaster looking stuff. Its VERY thick and crusty like old drywall paste. It wiped off with ease so no worries, but i couldnt believe it was all there.

So i put some AS5 on then seat the heatsink. I take the heatsink back off to check for proper seating only to see the heatsink only touches the GPU on 2 sides right near the edge. The rest of the thermal paste is untouched LOL. My temps were ok before so i put more paste on reseated it then cranked it up. Temps are the exact same as before idle about 55c and the highest full load i see is 76c. I guess i could get another cooler for it, but its not really needed. Just thought i would share the funny with the stucko drywall thermal paste i had. I wish i took pictures, and ill be more mindful about it in the future...
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Gawd it's nice to see someone taking good care of their GTS. I had a GTS 320 and a GTS G92 and I loved them both. Great cards for their time.
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Always keep my gear clean! Probably going to build a new machine soon, so i gotta unload the old stuff.
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Yeah when I replaced my 9800gtx HS It had the same gray wall plaster on it, its pretty funny to see the company use that crap. You might see some improvements in your temps after about 200 hours of use, AS5 takes time to cure. An after market HSF would be the best option, I like my vf1000 led, its pretty good for air.
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i did this to all of my cards......and yeah some old cards have some weird gummy or bathroom sealant style stuff on them
    
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Nice HSF, love anything thats shiny copper ;-) Even though i dont need it ill probably get something anyway cause i want too LOL
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My 8800GTX's had loads of stock TIM, it reminded me of the same thing... plaster. Replaced it with AS5. Although I did still put on a little more than I would for a CPU, as I think the stock cooler doesn't fig *extremely* snug against the GPU IHS. Temps didn't drop a whole lot, maybe a few degrees.

EDIT: Here's the stock nVidia (EVGA) 8800GTX Heatsink, after it had been sitting in storage for a while. (I used an HR-03 Plus for cooling, before going SLI). A lot of the TIM had actually rubbed off already, and the memory/VRM pads had to be replaced....


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Nice! thanks for the pic! Those thermal pads are a joke too. I would have replaced them already, but im afraid to void warranty. I think AS5 pays companies to use crappy thermal paste so we upgrade ;-)
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When I got my 8800 I took the heatsink off and tore those silly little pads off.
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I used to have two different 8800GTS 320MB cards, and I applied AS5 to both of them without a hitch. And yes, the stock thermal grease looks like clumps of grey stuff.
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