Originally Posted by chiyeuk
Sorry >__< but what is TIM? and about that.. is there something additional I should do with the card to make it better in that aspect? I got kinda lost in the discussion of TIM when I don't know what that is.
Thermal Interface Compound Material
, you put it in between chips and their heat sinks to better transfer heat away from the computer chip to the metal of the heatsink. TIM makes up for imperfections in metal, ideally both surfaces would be completely flat and have alot of pressure joining them but these two required components are often lacking. To make up for the lack of an ideal metal to metal heat transfer, this gooey stuff that is made of mostly metal yet still toothpaste like is applied between the heatsink and chip to remove gaps of metal to metal touching. If there is a part of the chip not being touched by the heatsink (or TIM there bridging the connection), then there will be air there and air heats up faster than metal and will overheat the computer chip.
edit: Sorry for the mess up, posted it at 4am with no sleep.Edited by Markisa - 8/9/10 at 3:55pm