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post #1 of 9
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Didn't realize this until I read on the evga forum but apparently they are using shin etsu on their 500 series cards (not sure about the 400 series atm).

Here is a link for proof:
http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m...high=shin+etsu
post #2 of 9
The real question is, is EVGA doing a better job with the application? It doesn't matter how good the paste is, if the end result looks like this:



GTX 480 right there. So glad I took the dive and changed mine.
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Originally Posted by EfemaN View Post
The real question is, is EVGA doing a better job with the application? It doesn't matter how good the paste is, if the end result looks like this:



GTX 480 right there. So glad I took the dive and changed mine.
yeah I had a 480 also before the 580 and changed mine. As far as I know you are supposed to put a LOT more thermal grease on GPU's than with CPU's
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yeah I had a 480 also before the 580 and changed mine. As far as I know you are supposed to put a LOT more thermal grease on GPU's than with CPU's
Yeah, but that is no excuse to do a piss-poor job. See how the paste is clumped up around the "edges" of the square? That means they put enough to probably cover a chip and a half... it shouldn't be overflowing off the sides of the heatspreader.

Have you changed the TIM on your 580? I'd love to know if their application methods have improved.
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nope and now that I know its shin etsu i think i'm going to save myself a little money and hold off... Maybe ill change my mind later since I have a h70 coming and im going to need to buy some anyways.
post #6 of 9
That explains why my temperatures got worse if anything when I remounted... Pulled the same stunt with an Intel stock cooler. Remounted hoping for better temps, temps got worse, found out the factory paste is shin etsu.
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I remember when I saw the first pictures of 480 TIM. I was shocked.
but on 580´s, it was really good work on TIM.
I replaced it with IC Diamond Carat, and very margingly it got better. I think only 1 or 2 C drop.
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The best thermal paste vs something like AS5 is something like 1-3 degrees, the question is does overly thick application mitigate any gains you get by using better paste?
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Yeah, but that is no excuse to do a piss-poor job. See how the paste is clumped up around the "edges" of the square? That means they put enough to probably cover a chip and a half... it shouldn't be overflowing off the sides of the heatspreader.

Have you changed the TIM on your 580? I'd love to know if their application methods have improved.
1½ GPUs? There's gotta be at least enough TIM there for 3 GPUs
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