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Hey guys, i'm just wondering, will replacing the thermal compound on my gtx 580 make it run any cooler? If so, how do you take the cooler apart? There are some weird lookin screws on this cooler, not Philips head screws.
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It could run cooler depending on how well the TIM is applied as well as the type used.

Here's a video-


EDIT: Using a longer screw driver with the proper tip will help avoid stripping compared to a shorter driver.
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Hey guys, i'm just wondering, will replacing the thermal compound on my gtx 580 make it run any cooler? If so, how do you take the cooler apart? There are some weird lookin screws on this cooler, not Philips head screws.
It will run cooler yes if the factory TIM wasn't applied right.

You can use a #1 flat head style screw driver, like the ones to fix glasses.

I've received this info from Capwn's Thread from his 1ghz OC on his 570.
    
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It could run cooler depending on how well the TIM is applied as well as the type used.

Here's a video-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLPqJ-_mFFM
Well, the temps are kind of good I guess, for a 580 with a stock vid of 1.050v. If I leave it at stock settings and lower the volts to 1.000v, I lose about 5c on the temps. Thanks for the video!

Has anyone done this themselves, and has it helped at all?
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I wouldn't recommend it bro, it can have mixed results. High risk for not a lot of reward.
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Well, the temps are kind of good I guess, for a 580 with a stock vid of 1.050v. If I leave it at stock settings and lower the volts to 1.000v, I lose about 5c on the temps. Thanks for the video!

Has anyone done this themselves, and has it helped at all?
What are your temps like? Mine idles around 51*C and loads to 79*C in BC2 with a stock VID of 1.006.
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Use a T6 Torx screwdriver bit to take off the GPU's backplate screws. A small glasses kit phillips screwdriver should work on the remaining screws for the sides of the card and a thicker bit for the I/O plate. Had to tear mine apart to install the AXP on my 580s.

As to whether replacing TIM will make it cooler, I presume it can be worth a shot depending on what the factory used. I'd definitely read around more though first.
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